When to Fish Weedless vs. Line-Through Swimbaits

{ if (player2 && !alreadyScroll) { // player2.dispose() } else { var player2 = videojs(“content_video_96121”); player2.ima({ id: ‘content_video_96121’, disableCustomPlaybackForIOS10Plus: true, adTagUrl: ‘https://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/live/ads?iu=/37250529/Generic_2022_Video&description_url=[placeholder]&tfcd=0&npa=0&sz=640×360&gdfp_req=1&output=vast&unviewed_position_start=1&env=vp&impl=s&correlator=’ }); var html5_video2 = document.getElementById(“content_video_96121”).getElementsByTagName(‘video’)[0]; html5_video2.addEventListener(‘ended’, function (e) { let scr = jQuery(‘#content_video_96121’).parent().parent().parent().innerHeight(); jQuery(‘html, body’).animate({ scrollTop: jQuery(window).scrollTop() + scr }, 1000); }); var alreadyScroll = true; } }); jQuery(window).scroll(function() { jQuery(“.blog-article1 .blog-article”).each(function() { if (jQuery(this).hasClass(‘activo’)) { if (!jQuery(this).hasClass(‘paso2’)) { jQuery(this).addClass(‘paso2’); if (jQuery(this).find(‘video’).length !== 0) { let playerID = jQuery(this).find(‘.post-video’).children(‘div’).attr(‘id’); let imaContainer = jQuery(this).find(‘.ima-ad-container’); videojs(playerID, {}, function() {}); let player = videojs(playerID); let options = { id: playerID, disableCustomPlaybackForIOS10Plus: true, adTagUrl: ‘https://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/live/ads?iu=/37250529/Generic_2022_Video&description_url=[placeholder]&tfcd=0&npa=0&sz=640×360&gdfp_req=1&output=vast&unviewed_position_start=1&env=vp&impl=s&correlator=’ }; player.ima(options); let html5_video = document.getElementById(playerID).getElementsByTagName(‘video’)[0]; html5_video.addEventListener(‘ended’, function(e) { let scr = jQuery(‘#content_video_96121’).parent().parent().parent().innerHeight(); jQuery(‘html, body’).animate({ scrollTop: jQuery(window).scrollTop() + scr – 100 }, 1000); // videoPlayerToggle(jQuery(‘.blog-article’).first(), ‘play’); }); } } } }); }); ]]>

Swimbait expert Fred Roumbanis discusses how and when he fishes his two favorite swimbait styles: weedless swimbaits and line-through soft-body swimbaits. Both are most commonly used in shallow water applications, although weighting can extend each’s functional range. Roumbanis breaks down the key differences and uses of weedless and line-through swimbaits. His guidance will help you make the right bait and rod setup choice for the conditions you’re faced with.

FEATURED TACKLE (retail links)


Weedless swimbaits can be fished through relatively heavy cover with no or minimal fowling. Roumbanis reaches for a weedless-rigged setup when bass push shallow around cover that would otherwise fowl exposed hooks. He uses a stout rod and at least 17-pound fluorocarbon line for the weedless approach to deliver solid hooksets and control over the bass.


Contrasting with its weedless counterpart, the line-through swimbait, equipped with a treble hook, excels when you want to slow your presentation. Roumbanis prefers this slower retrieve (more time in the strike zone) when bed fishing for bass. The line-through performs best in open water environments, as a belly or back-positioned treble hook tends to grab whatever it contacts. Roumbanis uses a lighter line for depth control, matched to a softer rod to keep the bass buttoned with the single treble hook.


Whether facing thick cover or targeting bedded bass in open water, keep a weedless and line-through swimbait at the ready. Roumbanis’ expert insights not only clarify when and how to use each type but also equip anglers with the knowledge to make the most out of these versatile lures.

As an Amazon Associate, we may earn income when you click on an Amazon link. Thanks for helping us do what we love.

David AppletonDavid Appleton

David Appleton

Upriver Productions has been specializing in outdoor TV and media creation since 2009. We know more buzz baits than buzzwords and we’d rather be zooming in on elk than attending zoom meetings but we can do both! We’re perfectly happy with our base in the Ozarks of Missouri but we’ve also worked in forty-three states and eight countries. We can make a video about the next great fish catcher on a shoestring or we can deliver a full season of award winning TV to a network with a million dollar budget.


You May Also Like

답글 남기기

이메일 주소는 공개되지 않습니다. 필수 필드는 *로 표시됩니다