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4. Finesse Swimbait
Soft body swimmers play a wide array of roles, but Pirch knows that downsizing to a less imposing swimbait profile can give him the right look in specific scenarios. Fish will often follow bigger swimbaits without committing and in such instances, it’s usually a match-the-hatch issue.
“I like a small, compact bait with good tail action, something that’s not too bulky,” Pirch explains. “The whole point is finesse because I’m trying to get fish to bite in tough scenarios, or when they’re feeding on small baits.”
Rotating through a handful of small swimbaits, including the Big Bite Baits Pro Swimmer, Pirch rigs each on a Hayabusa Delta Swimbait Hook. Noting that he favors this head for its needle sharp hook, he’ll use a 1/8- to 1/4-ounce, depending on the variables of wind, depth and line size.