Skinny Dippers: Fun and Cost-Effective Bass Lures


Skinner Dippers Would Be Fun to Watch (and You Can Often See Them)

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The skinny dipper. For those who are looking for something a little different, skinny dippers fit that bill. A shad-style, rib-bodied swimbait, the skinny dipper sports a flipping tail that provides it with a vibrating, swimming action. Skinny dippers are currently causing a bit of a craze among bass fishermen since a lot of pros have been showing up successful with this interesting, new lure. The skinny dipper is especially attractive because it gives you the fun of using swimbaits for bass, but does so very economically.

Rigging Is Versatile, Depending on What You Want to Do

The skinny dipper, with its large body, can be rigged with a weighted swimbait hook, a jighead or as a trailer on spinnerbaits or chatterbaits, depending on your desired use. It gives you what you want—to fish more instead of messing with live bait, and its weedless design keeps it virtually snag free.. This bait has more detail than you will first expect, especially for soft bait. Under $5 for a pack of seven, skinny dippers are highly productive and the economical prices let you keep some variety in the tackle box. The durable plastic body also makes it more likely to get them returned to the tackle box after a good day’s use.

Hooks and Weights May Vary

The dipper is really easy to rig. The consensus of opinion is that the best way to rig

a skinny dipper is with a weighted EWG hook that gives the skinny dipper just enough weight to hold a steady depth while bringing it in. However, that is not the only way to rig it. Another popular way is to rig it is on a jig head, or as a trailer on spinnerbaits or chatterbaits. Use your imagination. The skinny dipper seems to swim more naturally using a 4/0 or 5/0 EWG hook and a fairly fast retrieve, swimming the Dipper just under the surface and over the tops of submerged brush and rocks.

Try It As a Trailer


Another way we have seen it produce good catches is using the skinny dipper as a trailer on a chatterbait . The characteristics that make this combination attractive to the fish are the swimming action of the Dipper added together with the vibration from the chatterbait while also adding more bulk to the presentation making it attractive to larger fish. Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been won in professional fishing tournaments using just this technique.

Put Behind It a Good Rod and Reel.

A good rod and reel combination for fishing a skinny dipper is the E21 Carrot Stix 21CRG-701MH-F-C rod coupled with a high speed retrieve Shimano Curado CU-200E7 reel. The recommended line to put on the reel is Sunline FC Super Sniper in 10 or 12 pound test which gives you the near invisible characteristics of fluorocarbon line. The advantage of this rod and reel combination is the long rod length (7 feet) for long casts and the high speed gear ratio of the reel for working the bait with a fast retrieve.

Fishing It Is Fun and Easy—Even Entertaining

There is a little groove along the back which helps shield the hook point from the weeds. However, you need to be prepared to put some muscle into setting the hook because of the resistance of the soft plastic around the hook.

So that beautiful tail has a chance to work its charm, the skinny dipper needs to be brought in at a pretty good pace. At a slow pace, the tail does nothing, but at a medium or fast pace, the tail swims naturally and gives the bait a natural looking swimming motion. Keep your eye on the bait as it swims back just under the surface and you will often see large bass following it in before they strike.

Highly Versatile, It Gives You What You Want

Skinny dippers serve the purpose of many familiar baits: target cast like a spinnerbait, swim it deep near the bottom, jerk it like a rip, skip it like a tube, flip like a beaver, trail on a jig, or swim like a swimbait over the weeds. With good weight, you can pitch it to structures, like a pile of rocks, a dock, wall or overhang. Fire it in to the bank, even landing on the shore so you can pull it gently into the water and let it tail-swim and wiggle its way back to you. Weightless, the skinny dipper will sink about a foot and a half a second.

Skinny dippers are a great addition to the arsenal of any bass fisherman. Fisherman’s Choice is a pro bass shop has a great assortment at the best prices around and free shipping on orders of $50 or more.


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