○ Soft-plastic swimbaits have become smallmouth staples across the country, even outshining classic lures like the spinnerbait on many bodies of water. Much like jerkbaits, swimbaits, such as Bass Pro Shop’s Sassy Sally, attract fish from a distance, but they have a lot more versatility. When fish are aggressive, you can increase the retrieve speed and work in some quick pumps of the rod tip to trigger bites. For fish that are slow to strike, you can crawl a swimbait across the bottom while imparting short hops. These baits fish best on a jighead.