Introducing Big Bite Bait's Swimming Mama
Impressions: Big Bite Bait's Swimming Mama is a four inch (4") bait with a very similar look to their popular Yomama bait only with a slightly more streamlined body, larger intermediary clubs, and a twin, curly tail instead of flaps for the last appendage. It comes in packs of eight in a resealable plastic bag.
The Swimming Mama is a cross between a trailer bait and a
twin tail grub
Real World Tests: I kept it simple in testing the Swimming Mama and rigged it aboard an Abu Garcia Fantasista FNPC70-6 casting rod matched with a Shimano Scorpion 71 spooled with ten pound Sunline Shooter Fluorocarbon.
The twin tails gives the bait a better swimming action at the
end hence the bait's name
Rigging of the Swimming Mama is pretty straight forward and falls in line with your typical creature/trailer bait. I used a Gamakatsu Heavy Cover Flipping Hook and a pegged tungsten weight. Unfortunately, given the state of my terminal tackle box, I can't tell you what size hook I was using but about a 3/0 or 4/0 feels about right with this bait. It's not overly large, so you don't need that large of a hook.
The body is ribbed but a bit
more slender than the company's YoMama trailer bait
Once, properly rigged, it's a matter of pitching or casting to your spot and working the bait back to you either on a slow, steady retrieve or varied with pauses, hops, rips, and the like. I fished it kind of like I would a spinnerbait or swimjig.
stand alone bait and ready for action
Big Bite Baits uses a nice, soft plastic on this bait so once you get that hit, hooksets are pretty easy to make. I didn't have any difficulty with bait balling up on itself and fouling the hook point, but I also made sure to keep a relatively fresh bait on the hook.
The Swimming Mama features a slit down the middle to
The spot you have to watch for wear are the limbs and head of the bait where it's resting up against the bait keeper on your hook. If you're having an active day, the bait will get torn up but not any more than usual. Durability of the Swimming Mama is about average.
Another look at the business end
Design & Ergonomics: The Swimming Mama comes in a good variety of colors and patterns. Some of these colors are two tone laminate, others are more traditional and while the total of thirteen colors is not a lot, it is a good, solid variety from which to choose. Each resealable package includes eight baits infused with Big Bite Bait's Bite Juice.
There's a mini-claw on each side of the bait
Price & Applications: Each package of Swimming Mamas sells for an MSRP of $3.99 which comes to roughly $0.50 per bait. A little on the pricey side on a per bait basis. Application wise, the Swimming Mama is pretty versatile. Fished alone, you can swim it in the middle of the water column, buzz it at the surface, crawl or hop it along the bottom. But you can also tip it on the end of your favorite swim jig or bladed jig for added action or just go old school and rig it at the end of a standard jig.
Big Bite Baits ups their game with laminate colors