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Best Paddle Tail Swimbait Reel

Omnia collects thousands of detailed fishing reports from anglers across the country to power our local recommendations. Here are the top Reels recommendations for using the Soft Body Swimbaits (Small/Medium) technique mentioned in fishing reports from anglers near you.

Daiwa Tatula LT Spinning Reel

$159.99

Reported by
T Lo

Mille Lacs Lake (MN)

T Lo reported catching Smallmouth Bass using the Soft Body Swimbaits (Small/Medium) technique and Daiwa Tatula LT Spinning Reel on Mille Lacs Lake. Additional comments from this report: "Great day on the water with the fall bite really turning on. The water temperature was at 48 degrees to begin the day. I targeted schools of smallmouth in 10-14 feet of water in areas near boulders, but not actually on the boulders. Most of my fish were caught on the 3" Megabass Spark Shad in Ayu, with a good number of fish also caught on the Megabass Dyna Response Blade Bait. I covered water with long casts, but basically dragged the swimbait on the bottom, maintaining bottom contact throughout the retrieve. I fished the blade bait with quick single jerks followed by 2-4 second pauses. Best five fish went 24 lbs 10 oz. "

Reported by
Katherine Field

Pool 8 Mississippi River (WI)

Katherine Field reported catching Smallmouth Bass using the Soft Body Swimbaits (Small/Medium) technique and Daiwa Tatula LT Spinning Reel on Pool 8 Mississippi River. Additional comments from this report: "Just finished in the top 10 for the Hobie Bass Open Series, focusing mainly on smallmouth. In pool 8 I focused on dredged ditches that had a deep drop off, near sand/grass flats, with lots of current. Smallmouth are flushing shad up on the flats from these drop offs onto the shallow flats. Cast a spark shad on a light okashira screwhead and let that bait work across the shallows, and over the drop off. Smallies will be sitting on the ledge and crushing that bait on the fall."

Reported by
Kai Zhang

Smithville Lake (MO)

Kai Zhang reported catching Largemouth Bass using the Soft Body Swimbaits (Small/Medium) technique and Daiwa Tatula LT Spinning Reel on Smithville Lake. Additional comments from this report: "Just tried the new 7L+ expride I got, great rod for 2.8 keitech with 1/8oz jighead! Light but with enough power to land the fish!! Really the one I need!!!"

Daiwa Tatula SV TW103 Casting Reel

$209.99

Reported by
Matt Kehrer

Lake Koronis (MN)

Matt Kehrer reported catching Largemouth Bass using the Soft Body Swimbaits (Small/Medium) technique and Daiwa Tatula SV TW103 Casting Reel on Lake Koronis. Additional comments from this report: "Last day of Sept. sunny day, water temp was 65-66. Bass were active in 5-10' cruising flats, on top of ledges, and schooling on weed edges where there was baitfish, especially small perch. If you caught one you'd usually catch multiple in the same spot. Lots of Largemouth (1-3lbs) with the occasional Smallmouth. Soft body swimbaits had the most bites. Crankbaits, underspins, & spinnerbaits did alright. Chatterbait, lipless, and topwater (walking & prop) didn't have as much success. "

Reported by
Kevin Langlands

Lake Charlevoix (MI)

Kevin Langlands reported catching Smallmouth Bass using the Soft Body Swimbaits (Small/Medium) technique and Daiwa Tatula SV TW103 Casting Reel on Lake Charlevoix. Additional comments from this report: "As the ice states to finally melt, the smallmouth have moved up closer to the 10-30 foot range feeding on Alewife. These fish are constantly moving chasing bait but when you find one you'll find more. Keep bait in the middle of the water column and reel bait in at a slow retrieve."

Reported by
Joseph Cascarino

Susquehanna River (PA)

Joseph Cascarino reported catching Smallmouth Bass using the Soft Body Swimbaits (Small/Medium) technique and Daiwa Tatula SV TW103 Casting Reel on Susquehanna River. Additional comments from this report: "casting 3/8 megabass dark sleeper down rock ledges 4-7ft. deep. long casts and let dark sleeper hit the bottom. slow retrieve back. Keep it bouncing off the rocks on the retrieve. Usually after it hit rock, fish hit the sleeper. Sunny bright skies, 78 degrees, winds 5-7mph. water temp 61 degrees"

Shimano Vanford Spinning Reel

$239.99 – 249.99

Reported by
Pierce Knarr

Green Lake (WI) (WI)

Pierce Knarr reported catching Smallmouth Bass using the Soft Body Swimbaits (Small/Medium) technique and Shimano Vanford Spinning Reel on Green Lake (WI). Additional comments from this report: "Smallmouth were pushed up onto flatter points with wind blowing on them. Fishing the small single swimbait was the best way to cover water and get these fish to react. 6-10 feet was the best depth zone"

Reported by
Tom Smith

Canadice Lake (NY)

Tom Smith reported catching Largemouth Bass using the Soft Body Swimbaits (Small/Medium) technique and Shimano Vanford Spinning Reel on Canadice Lake. Additional comments from this report: "Fishing parallel to weed lines in 5-10 feet of water. Slow retrieve bumping bottom on occasion. Stop and go retrieve also worked. "

Reported by
Derame

Lake Ontario (NY)

Derame reported catching Smallmouth Bass using the Soft Body Swimbaits (Small/Medium) technique and Shimano Vanford Spinning Reel on Lake Ontario. Additional comments from this report: "Swimming Okashira heads over rocky patch’s near grass"

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