The effectiveness of swimbaits and other soft plastics for muskies isn’t new. Storm Kickin’ Minnows have long been go-to baits for multiple fish days on Indiana’s Barbee Chain. Castaic swimbaits, originally designed for record-class California largemouth bass, have also long been ravaged by western tiger muskies. And a host of soft-plastic creature baits have been racking up big
numbers of muskies on southern reservoirs and rivers.
Productive swimbaits range in size from 4 to 14 inches and span every imaginable design. Typical paddletails with their hard-thumping action dominate the category, but subtler split-tail S-curve swimming baits and dart-spinners...
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