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Beginner’s Tacklebox: Gerald Swindle

Bassmaster Elite Series pro Gerald Swindle fills up one of his Lure Lock tackleboxes with the baits he'd suggest for a young or new bass angler.
Bassmaster Elite Series pro Gerald Swindle fills up one of his Lure Lock tackleboxes with the baits he’d suggest for a young or new bass angler.
He loves the Lure Lock boxes because they can be set up without tools.
He loves the Lure Lock boxes because they can be set up without tools.
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And a sticker is important too.
And a sticker is important too.
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To start he heads straight for the Rapala crankbaits.
To start he heads straight for the Rapala crankbaits.
The Rapala DT-6 is a go-to for the Alabama pro.
The Rapala DT-6 is a go-to for the Alabama pro.
In the Lure Lock it goes.
In the Lure Lock it goes.
Then he reaches for a Rapala BX Brat.
Then he reaches for a Rapala BX Brat.
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It goes in next to the DT-6
It goes in next to the DT-6
Next is a Rapala Shadow Rap Shad jerkbait.
Next is a Rapala Shadow Rap Shad jerkbait.
Especially in the spring, Swindle said, a jerkbait is a presentation a bass angler needs to master.
Especially in the spring, Swindle said, a jerkbait is a presentation a bass angler needs to master.
Into the box it goes.
Into the box it goes.
Next ...
Next …
... a squarebill like the DT-Fat is also a must.
… a squarebill like the DT-Fat is also a must.
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On to a terminal collection beginning with VMC bullet weights for a worm or creature Texas rig.
On to a terminal collection beginning with VMC bullet weights for a worm or creature Texas rig.
In the box they go.
In the box they go.
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What's next?
What’s next?
VMC Neko hooks. The Neko rig may seem advanced, but it's easy to rig and easy to use — and it catches fish. Swindle said these hooks work very well for a weedless wacky rig too.
VMC Neko hooks. The Neko rig may seem advanced, but it’s easy to rig and easy to use — and it catches fish. Swindle said these hooks work very well for a weedless wacky rig too.
They're in the box.
They’re in the box.
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VMC worm hooks for Texas or Carolina rigs and big creature baits for mat punching. They are a universal hook for Swindle, and he keeps plenty handy at all times.
VMC worm hooks for Texas or Carolina rigs and big creature baits for mat punching. They are a universal hook for Swindle, and he keeps plenty handy at all times.
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A swimbait is a great presentation to start out with because you can rig it weedless and slow-roll it along the bottom. Simple, easy to learn and the fish like it.
A swimbait is a great presentation to start out with because you can rig it weedless and slow-roll it along the bottom. Simple, easy to learn and the fish like it.
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Back to the rack.
Back to the rack.
He said every beginner needs to learn the shaky head. It's easy, relatively weedless and fish north to south, east to west will eat it.
He said every beginner needs to learn the shaky head. It’s easy, relatively weedless and fish north to south, east to west will eat it.
Swindle prefers a Buckeye Spot Remover.
Swindle prefers a Buckeye Spot Remover.
Into the box they go.
Into the box they go.
And of course he picks a jig.
And of course he picks a jig.
He loves his signature Buckeye Ballin' Out jigs.
He loves his signature Buckeye Ballin’ Out jigs.
Natural colors are always good. Into the box it goes.
Natural colors are always good. Into the box it goes.
A Z-Man Jackhammer is a great springtime presentation, or whenever grass is in the mix.
A Z-Man Jackhammer is a great springtime presentation, or whenever grass is in the mix.
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Moving on to his out-of-the-boat board. When he is cleaning out his rig between events, the baits that end up in the bottom of the boat get temporarily placed on this board until he needs them again.
<p>Swindle sees something that needs to be included in a Beginner's Tacklebox.
Moving on to his out-of-the-boat board. When he is cleaning out his rig between events, the baits that end up in the bottom of the boat get temporarily placed on this board until he needs them again.
Swindle sees something that needs to be included in a Beginner’s Tacklebox.
A Storm Arashi Cover Pop is not only a very productive bait, it's fun.
A Storm Arashi Cover Pop is not only a very productive bait, it’s fun.
Into the Lure Lock it goes.
Into the Lure Lock it goes.
You need to learn a spinnerbait, Swindle believes.
You need to learn a spinnerbait, Swindle believes.
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In the box it goes.
In the box it goes.
Plastics are important. He digs around a tub with assorted Zoom baits for the hooks and jigheads he included earlier.
Plastics are important. He digs around a tub with assorted Zoom baits for the hooks and jigheads he included earlier.
A Zoom Super $alt Plu$ Beatdown is a great Ned rig, Neko rig selection or as a Texas rig.
A Zoom Super $alt Plu$ Beatdown is a great Ned rig, Neko rig selection or as a Texas rig.
Next a Zoom Fluke Stick Jr.
Next a Zoom Fluke Stick Jr.
They get placed in the box.
They get placed in the box.
He heads to the back of his Toyota Tundra for another selection.
He heads to the back of his Toyota Tundra for another selection.
It's in here somewhere, he said.
It’s in here somewhere, he said.
Gotta be this one ...
Gotta be this one …
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Ah ha!
Ah ha!
The Zoom Zlink-y stickbait.
The Zoom Zlink-y stickbait.
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And of course, a jig trailer creature is next ...
And of course, a jig trailer creature is next …
... a Zoom Z-Craw Jr.
… a Zoom Z-Craw Jr.
The box is looking loaded up.
The box is looking loaded up.
That's it! Thanks, Gerald. You can take that box to the bank for any new or young bass angler.
That’s it! Thanks, Gerald. You can take that box to the bank for any new or young bass angler.