Five Best New Swimbaits for This Spring

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Lazy early-spring fish driving you nuts? These new rubber lures will make them open wide.

Sébile Magic Swimmer Soft

Sébile Magic Swimmer Soft
Sébile Magic Swimmer Soft Sébile

★ Sébile’s Magic Swimmer hard bait has become a classic lure, and this new soft version has the same incredible swimming action. Designed for a single wide-gap hook, the bait runs weedless and can be fished in both open water and around structure for everything from stripers in the salt to bass, walleyes, and muskies in freshwater. $10 per pack; sebile.com

Z-Man Swimmin’ Trout Trick

Z-Man Swimmin’ Trout Trick
Z-Man Swimmin’ Trout Trick Z-Man

★ If smallmouths and walleyes are your favorite spring targets, this 31⁄2-inch piece of candy should be front and center on your radar. Originally aimed at sea­trout, this paddle-tail swimbait is deadly when fished on a jighead. Bounce bottom around rockpiles or straight retrieve the Trout Trick for surefire early-­season action. $6 per pack; zmanfishing.com

Optimum BoomBoom Rigged Swimbait

Optimum BoomBoom Rigged Swimbait
Optimum BoomBoom Rigged Swimbait Optimum

★ Measuring 6 inches, this swimbait is made with trophy largemouths and stripers in mind. It’s fortified with an internal harness and heavy-duty hardware to help it survive strikes from the heaviest hitters. With a healthy selection of color schemes to match every possible prey, there’s a BoomBoom that’s right for your local water. $11; optimumbaits.com

Megabass Magslowl Swimbait

Megabass Magslowl Swimbait
Megabass Magslowl Swimbait Megabass

★ Both big-bait freaks and fans of more modest-size rubber swimbaits should take notice of the Magslowl. With 5-, 7-, and 9-inchers available, these high-quality, ultra­lifelike swimbaits appeal to a wide variety of species. The tail kick on the Magslowl is second to none, and there are six patterns as refined and detailed as you’d expect from Megabass. $13–$25; megabassusa.com

Live Target Swimbait Series

Live Target Swimbait Series
Live Target Swimbait Series Live Target

★ Live Target shook up the swimbait world this year with the launch of this massive series. The company, known for meticulous attention to detail, has created seven freshwater and three saltwater baits that mimic forage species with incredibly accurate patterns and specific swimming actions created by the revolutionary tail design. $9–$17; livetargetlures.com

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