How To

Give ‘Em Lip - Swimming Bladed Baits For Big Bass

Terminator Shuddering Bait

One reliable tactic for catching more, bigger bass is showing fish something they aren’t used to seeing - and the Storm 360GT Searchbait Swimmer and Terminator Shuddering Bait are two presentations that certainly standout from the crowd. Each lure has a unique lip design, which gives it a distinct action, vibration signature, and other advantages over other lures on the market.


Storm 360GT Searchbait Swimmer

Storm 360GT Searchbait Swimmer

Like the original Storm 360GT Searchbait, the 360GT Searchbait Swimmer has a natural swimming action, an upscale design, and a rattling, weighted, life-like jig head. What’s different is the addition of a molded diving lip in the Swimmer’s head.


The lip increases water displacement and vibrations. It also keeps the Swimmer in the perfect swimming position throughout the retrieve, providing better depth control and more time in the strike zone. At the same time, the lip gives the soft-plastic a crankbait-like action with a pronounced tail kick.


Fishing The 360GT Searchbait Swimmer

The 360GT Searchbait Swimmer is foolproof to fish. Cast it out and reel it in. A steady retrieve works best most days, but experiment with tempo to learn what bass like best. The 3-1/2”, 1/8-ounce version is perfect for fishing shorelines, flats, points, weedlines, and other shallow to mid-depth bass habitat. When bass are surface feeding, high-stick the rod while swimming it through the subsurface. Equally potent for finessing bites from fussy bass.


The 1/8-ounce 360GT Searchbait Swimmer fishes exceptionally well on a 6’7” to 7’1” medium spinning rod, such as the Rapala R-Type or 13 Fishing Omen Black. Tie the Swimmer to 8-pound Sufix Advance Monofilament or Advance Fluorocarbon. Those preferring superline won’t be disappointed using 10-pound Sufix 832 with a fluorocarbon leader.


The 4-1/2”, 1/4-ounce 360GT Searchbait Swimmer delivers more profile and runs slightly deeper. It’s a great all-round choice for covering shallow to mid depth structure and cover. Don’t be shy to count-down this bait and crawl it along sand and rock bottom areas.


Fish the 1/4-ounce Swimmer on a medium spinning rod with superline. Alternatively, a 13 Fishing Envy Black 7’1” medium casting rod paired with a 6.6:1 ratio Concept reel spooled with 12- to 17-pound Sufix Advance Fluorocarbon is another great outfit. The 5-1/2”, 3/8-ounce 360GT Searchbait Swimmer delivers a meal-sized profile attractive to big bass. Retrieve it over weedy flats, work it beside deep weedlines, and swim it past docks to trigger strikes. This is a must-have bait when bass put on the feed-bag in the fall.


Fish the 3/8-ounce version on a medium-heavy baitcasting combo with 14- to 20-pound Sufix Advance Monofilament or Advance Fluorocarbon.


Terminator Shuddering Bait

Terminator Shuddering Bait

While the Terminator Shuddering Bait is unmistakably a bladed swim jig, it stands out from the crowd in a big, boisterous way. The Shuddering Bait has unique cupped, plastic lip engineered to amplify water displacement and emit heavy vibrations much louder than other flat, metal-bladed swim jigs.


Building on the Shuddering Bait’s cupped-lip, is the design feature of connecting the jig low on the blade. This positioning, combined with the stout split ring connector, results in an erratic, hard pounding, sweeping action that drives bass wild.


Pro Tip: The Shuddering Bait is intended to be fished with a trailer and features a rigid keeper to lock a soft plastic in place. Shad bodies, boot-tail swimbaits, and double-tail grubs are some popular trailer options.


Fishing The Terminator Shuddering Bait

The Shuddering Bait is versatile. Available in 3/8- and 1/2-ounce models, the Shuddering Bait can be fished super shallow out to 20 feet and catches bass retrieved at a range of speeds.


The Terminator Shuddering Bait is excellent for covering water. Weedy and wood strewn shorelines, flats, points, dock posts, and riprap banks are no match for this bait. Its cupped lip and hard-sweeping swimming action attract bass, but also make the bait very effective at deflecting off of cover.


The Shuddering Bait casts accurately and performs well for target fishing. Boulders, tree stumps, open lanes in cattails, and small lily pad patches are just a few examples of isolated pieces of cover where big bass lurk. Cast beyond the target, then swim the Shuddering Bait into the strike zone.


The bait’s bulk, hard-pounding vibrations, and ability to move a lot of water make it a natural choice in stained to muddy conditions. The Shuddering Bait is a must in rivers and after heavy rainfalls.


The Shuddering Bait catches many sizes of bass, but has a knack for enticing big ones. As such, it is best fished with a medium-heavy casting rod combo, like 13 Fishing’s 7’3” Envy Black with a Concept BOSS reel or Rapala’s 7’2” R-Type with a R-Type or Kaos casting reel. A 6:1 gear ratio and 17- or 20-pound Sufix Advance Fluorocarbon is a good all round choice. Although, if your fishing adventures involve shallow cover for trophy largemouth, use the 8.1:1 ratio Boss spooled with 50-pound Sufix 832 Advanced Superline to stay in control from strike detection to hoisting the bucketmouth over the gunnel.


When rigging fishing rods for your next adventure, give bass some lip and tie on a Storm 360GT Searchbait Swimmer and Terminator Shuddering Bait. Each lure has one-of-a-kind characteristics we guarantee will help you catch more and bigger bass.