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I was looking for a Rainbow trout swimbait in the new Cabelas catalog and couldn't decide between a 6" BBZ-1, or a Real California. Anybody on here have any experience with any or both of these, I am primarily a shore caster by the way. Thanks for any input! :)
 

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Unfortunately, no. I just got my swimbait setup at the end of last year (mid aug i think) and haven't stuck a fish on one yet, but had a couple slap at one. I'm going to start up probably this weekend working to get something on a swimbait though so hopefully this will change.
 

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There are a couple guys on here that have stuck some great fish on the BBZ's though, I'm sure they'll chime in eventually.
 

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I got the 8" model due to recomendation by the FishDr who seems to be the guru of these types of baits. He said the bigger bait has better calling power. Waiting for the rod and looking for an inexpensive reel that can handle a 5 oz bait.
 

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McFish said:
I got the 8" model due to recomendation by the FishDr who seems to be the guru of these types of baits. He said the bigger bait has better calling power. Waiting for the rod and looking for an inexpensive reel that can handle a 5 oz bait.
I'm going to get a Cardiff 400 when my tax $ comes in, it's about $100-120 and has great reviews on the swimbait sites.
 

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Smellz_Fishy said:
McFish said:
I got the 8" model due to recomendation by the FishDr who seems to be the guru of these types of baits. He said the bigger bait has better calling power. Waiting for the rod and looking for an inexpensive reel that can handle a 5 oz bait.
I'm going to get a Cardiff 400 when my tax $ comes in, it's about $100-120 and has great reviews on the swimbait sites.
And, keep your eye on ebay too. I got a new Cardfiff 400 for just $66. It's not the Calcutta TE, but it's super nice even for the $100-$120 range.
 

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Don't waste money on the Lucky Craft bait. They may do a great job on jerkbaits, but they shot very wide of the mark on the swimbait.

I would pass on both those baits. Get a Mini M.S. Slammer in a dark color, and a 6'' Original Castaic boot tail trout. One thing with the Castaic, DO NOT get the slow sink bait; it is beyond worthless.

Toss in some six inch Big Hammers (cheap!) on their brand jigheads, (Hammerheads) and that is a real good start, with all baits being light enough to fish on a heavy action bass rod of the sort a lot of people already own. Surface lures/wakebaits are a shore anglers best friend.

http://www.basstackledepot.com/basstackle/ms-slammer/Mini-Slammer-Perch.jpg

http://www.protacklesolutions.com/catalog/castaic-boot-tail-sbt-swimbait-8-ghost-rainbow_swatch.jpg

http://www.calfishing.com/files/Images/lures/small_swimbaits/big_hammer/big_hammer_5inch_unrigged.jpg

Start with the Slammer! ;)

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I'm not really married to any one kind of swimbait - they do different things and work in different situations. I regularly throw BBZs, Hudds, Slammers, Lunker Punkers, Hard Gills, and Mission Fish and have caught decent fish on all but the Mission Fish (and that's just because I'm still figuring out how to use them).

Swimbait (who knows more about this than most) is on the money in recommending the Slammer. I think I'd go for a 7" Slammer instead of the mini-slammer (which is a great rat type bait, btw). The 7" Slammer is light enough that you won't kill yourself casting it all day and it can definitely call in some big fish. It floats, which can be key when fishing from shore and you need to get over submerged cover and it is surprisingly weedless because of the big square bill. It is a great wakebait, you can crank it deeper and it gets eaten there, and you can even dead-stick it. They may look like a glorified broomstick but don't be fooled - Slammers catch fish.

One really neat thing about the Slammers is that they catch big fish, average fish, and even little fish like this one...
 

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Tubejig said:
Thanks for all the replies! Those slammers are definitely odd looking. Are they supposed to imitate a rat? snake? both?
What do they imitate? Good question. The smart-a$$ reply is that they imitate generic bass food, as most bass foods have a dark back and a light belly. The more serious reply is that they can mimic a trout slowly finning at the surface, a snake, or a sucker rooting along the bottom - it is not an exact replica, but more of an impression bait.

Their action while swimming is somewhere between fish and snake, and it definitely sends a signal of "I'm hurt, I'm weak, I need help, I need to be removed from the gene pool". There's a video of the 7" Slammer here: http://calfishing.com/video/trout_plugs/ms_slammer_7inch/

There's also a good review of the Slammer on the site above, and another one here:
http://www.tackletour.com/reviewmsslammer.html

And, of course, it never hurts to go directly to the source...
http://www.msslammer.com/
 
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