Buyer’s Guide: Swimbaits and Glide Baits!

Today’s Buyer’s Guide is all about big swimbaits! There are so many options between Glide Baits, Multi-Joints, Boot Tails, Wedge Tails, Wakes, Crankdowns, and so many more… How do you know where to start?! Swimbaits aren’t cheap so making the right choices the first time is very important. Come along as we take a look at some of our favorites! 

We break our swimbaits into 3 primary categories: Trout/Kokanee,  Baitfish, and Bluegill Imitators. Trout baits are typically open water baits while baitfish and bluegill imitators are cover oriented, shallow water baits. Knowing how to use each style of bait effectively is an entirely different video. Luckily, we shot an in-depth video on this subject last month and have linked it below. 

In this video we’ve broken 9 baits down into these 3 categories and added 2 bonus baits. You’ll find all of the baits we discussed linked below. The links go directly to Tackle Warehouse where you can see detailed photos and descriptions of each item. We’ve also included our favorite colors with each bait, hook recommendations for rigging where applicable, as well as links to some of our favorite swimbait rods and reels. 

In-depth Swimbait Video:

Previous Buyer’s Guides… 

-High End Combos:

-$500 Combos:

-$400 Combos:

-$200 Combos:

-$100 Combos:

Trout/Kokanee/Open Water Baits…  

-Baitsanity Explorer Glide:

Favorite Colors: Raw, Rainbow, Kokanee

-Huddleston 8” ROF 5:

Favorite Colors: Trout, Hitch

-Huddleston 8” ROF 12:

Favorite Colors: Trout, Hitch

Baitfish/Cover Baits… 

-G Ratt Sneaky Pete:

Favorite Colors: Hitch, Gizzard Shad, Bone

-R2S S Waver 168:

Favorite Colors: Bluegill, TW Phantom, Light Trout

-Megabass Magdraft 8”:

Favorite Colors: MB Shad, MB Gizzard, White Back Shad

-Scottsboro 6” Swimbait:

-Owner 8/0 Beast Hook 1/2 oz:

Favorite Colors: Mullins Madness, Natural Light, Ol Smakey

-Savage Gear Shiner Pulse Tail 7”:

Favorite Colors: Green Back, White, Shad

Bluegill Baits… 

-Savage Gear Pulse Tail RTF Bluegill:

Favorite Colors: Bluegill, Ghost Bluegill

-Jackall Gantarel:

Favorite Colors: Ghost Gill, Spawn Gill

Bonus Baits… 

-Madness Balam 245:

Favorite Colors: Laser Hasu, Clear Hasu

-Fish Arrow Riser Jack:

Favorite Colors: Biwasagi, Lemonade, Pro Blue


-G Loomis IMX Pro 966:

-Dobyns Fury 806H:

-Megabass Orochi XX Leviathan:


-Shimano Tranx 300 HG:

-Shimano Curado 300K:

NEW Tactical Bassin Apparel… 

TacticalBassin Hat:

TacticalBassin Reaper Hoodie:

TacticalBassin Shadow Hoodie:

TacticalBassin Sun Shirt:

TacticalBassin Hooded Sun Shirt:

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