Swimbaits for “Snowbirds”
By Frank Galusha
Real Fish Bait Co., the maker of some very realistic but inexpensive swimbaits and also an advertiser with MyOutdoorBuddy.com, sent along some tips for “snowbird” readers who plan to leave Northern California this winter for warmer climes.
“If you plan to fish in Baja, other parts of Mexico or in our southern or eastern states, some of our swimbaits could produce great results,” Ho Pham, company president, said
He recommends the Real Fish Bluegill swimbaits for largemouth, smallmouth, spotted bass, stripers and pike. “Muskies will also fall for them if you’re headed the other direction. You won’t believe how realistic these lures are until you see them in action, which you can do on our website at http://www.realfishbaitcompany.com/”
Real fish also has some tilapia swimbaits that are good for saltwater game such as tarpon, red fish, spotted sea trout, cobia, drum, pike, wahoo, bass, stripers, walleye, halibut, snook and kingfish.
Bob G. from Homosassa, Florida caught Redfish and Spotted Sea Trout using the company’s Orange Tail Tilapia: “I am blown away by the quality of your product. I spent some time Sunday fishing the Orange Tail Tilapia with my son in law and another friend and I have attached the results.
All were taken inshore in brackish water. I am very impressed with both the balance and action of the bait."
Pham likes the Real Fish Goldfish for saltwater bottom fish such as groupers, rock and sea bass, snapper, lingcod and halibut. Those, too, have taken nice, muskies and pike. “The bright gold color patterns attracts fish and shows up great in the water. Tie one onto the bottom of a jighead spoon to get bait down faster,” he said. Most of the company’s swimbaits are just $9.95 each.
“We just completed our new Baby Bass prototype swimbait. We are testing them out and making adjustments. We've been getting great response on our new Double Trouble and Bait Ball spinnerbaits. These baits are still in the prototype stages and we are testing them out, too. We expect to have the spinnerbaits, baby bass, shad, trout and crappie swimbaits on the market by end of December,” he added.
Apparently, Real Fish Bait Company has just begun. A glance at the website noted above shows another three dozen swim and spinnerbaits are being designed including imitations of anchovy, rainbow trout, herring, striped mojarra and even flounder. Based on my experience in our north coast offshore waters and major lakes, I’d say some of these patterns will be very effective at catching bigger fish.
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