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Small swimbaits for big bass

Whether he’s guiding or fishing an Elite Series event, Paul Mueller often turns to small swimbaits when conditions are tough. Photos by Andy Crawford

From the seasoned tournament veteran to the recreational angler, the concept of “matching the hatch” has been ingrained into our bass fishing ideology. And despite the trendiness of catching giant bass on giant swimbaits, Bassmaster Elite Series pros like Paul Mueller, Bill Lowen and Scott Canterbury say there are times when a finesse-sized swimbait is the ticket for catching mammoth-sized fish.