The Warbaits Slayer Swim Jig and Sledge Hammer "The Warbait Slayer Swim Jig is the only tool I know that is geared toward catching fish in 15-100 feet (if necessary), besides just a standard lead head in 1-2 ounces, top hook style standard jig head. The size of the bait, the skirt, the weedguard, and ability to rig it with the good magnum kind swimbaits, makes it a unique tool".
WARBAITS - REASONS Jetties, Breakwalls, Heavy Structure. This is part of the terrain that WARBAITS is designed to fish. 4-5 years ago we were fishing the heavy kelp mattes of south La Jolla, CA. The kelp fields were super thick and the bottoms are full of rocks. At the time we were fishing triangle heads, football heads and fresh water swimjigs. Along with losing a ton of lead, the colors of the heads and the strength of the hooks did not serve the style of fishing we were pursuing.
This is the main reason I designed the unique shape of the WARBAITS head. The line tie is inline directly with the nose of the bait. When pulling the bait through kelp, eel grass, brush or trees, the head is going to pull straight. In the case of the triangle or similar shaped heads, it tends to catch debris or do a flip on a kelp or tree limb because of the placement of the line tie and the result is a snag.
The chin of the WARBAITS head acts like a ramp when swimming it through the heavy structure. But more importantly when dragging it over rocks of a breakwall, deep stones or shallow water structure, this unique shape provides a greater chance at getting your bait out of bad situations because it goes up and over danger areas. The head design is relatively thin, which also helps getting out of tight areas.
The WARBAITS works great as a swimjig and is also intended to be fished as creature bait jig. At the Breakwall, I like fishing a heavy jig and a big bait. A 1.5oz WARBAITS RECON color with a large creature trailer, like a Mad Paca Craw or Power Hawg. I like to feel my bait on every rock. I want that weight in the ocean surge. I want to feel my bait at the end of my line while fishing in the dark. I know and understand that people like to fish 1/4, 3/8, 1/2 and I respect that, this is my style of fishing at this location.
Stuck on the rocks. Try giving the bait some slack. Create a little slack in the line and try popping it out, "shacky shack". Change your angle, sometimes that's all it takes to get out of the hole. Try some tactics before yanking, pulling or snapping the snag. Those motions drive (any) snagged lead head deeper into the snag.
There are many options out there and I can say I've fished a good amount of them for research purposes. With the features stated above and the theory of the unique design of the WARBAITS head, this will create success for your jig fishing at a breakwalls and heavy structure. -Afran Abutin, Founder
BENNY FLORENTINO FILED AGENT - On Rods, Reels, Line, Baits
9" Sledge Hammers, Weedless Baits and Slugs:
TMC-X69H with 4" added to the Butt section
CTE 300 with 65 PP
TMC-X76H or TMC-X80H
CU300E or EJ with 65 PP
CU300E or EJ with 65 PP
Spinner Baits 1.5oz.
CRCSX711H or TZCW-X80M
CU300E with 50 PP
Rip Baits (LC 109 Magna size)
CU300 with 65 PP
Crank Bait (Wall)
CU300E with 65 PP
Swim Jig (War Bait Slayer 1-1.5 oz.)
CRCS711XH or CRC711H
CU300E with 65 PP
LOCAL WINTER CALICO/INSHORE FISHING Colder waters mean slower fish. Fish associate themselves with structure; a home, they're protection. You'll need to stay on the structure or bottom with your lure to get the bite. Try fishing a bait that Matches the Hatch or give them a strong target to hit, like an Orange head. Here are a few good profiles to fish during this time of year. These are all 2oz WARBAITS heads combined with a 5.5" Big Hammer in Sardine, 5" MC Swimbait in Green Sardine w/Orange spot and a PEARL 7-11 in Tree Fish. Good luck!
SLAYER HEAD / SLAYER SWIMJIG - CARE Here's the dope on Care for your WARBAITS Slayer Heads and Jigs
Saltwater is a dangerous thing when it comes to tackle, fishing equipment and other marine products. That's why we take the time to wash off all of our gear with fresh water after every use or trip.
We fish our jigs pretty hard and add lots of Uni Butter to the weed guards. We find that adding Uni Butter to the weed guard instead of the skirt helps the skirt have a more fluid motion when in the water.
You can use a standard garden hose to spray down your rods, reels and tackle after a saltwater usage. From time to time we'll cut the jig off the line and bring it indoors to clean with fresh water.
After washed, hang the jigs to dry until the next time you head out to battle.
TACKLETOUR.COM - EDITOR'S CHOICE AWARD! Attack both Fresh and Saltwater Species with the Slayer Swim Jig from Warbaits
Warbaits is a relatively new company to the tackle scene but the team is doing things right by introducing products that are designed for a wide range of applications and are built with quality components capable of surviving those harsher saltwater environments. The design and build quality on the Slayer Swim jigs is excellent and I definitely recommend investing in some swimbait tails which only add to the lure’s overall effectiveness for targeting trophy largemouth and big bottom dwelling inshore species. Whether you enjoy targeting lingcod and Calicos or freshwater largemouth and stripers the Slayer Jig is a deadly weapon in the hands of anglers that enjoy tossing swim jigs and are absolutely worth tying on the next time you go to "war" against trophy fish.
USING SCENT ON YOUR JIGS & SWIMBAITS We advocate the use of a scented product on your SLAYER JIGS to create an effective presentation. I'll explain to you some basic theories of using scents for fishing.
Adding a scent to a lure will mask other oils and scents the bait comes in contact with. Examples are: gasoline, metal, chips, cigarettes, the human scent, etc.
If you are fishing your jig slowly over rocks, through a kelp stringers, during the night, or freshwater - using a scent will be a big advantage. During a slower presentation your target fish will have more time to key in your bait. Your presentation needs to be as real as possible. By using a scent, the smell will help trigger a strike.
When a fish eats a lure with scent, the fish will hold on longer because it tastes more like the real thing. Scent also helps to lubricate your plastic lure. If you slime your lure thoroughly, at the hook set the lure will move forward easier in the fish's mouth, creating a greater potential for hook ups. There have been times when a fish was holding onto the bait so tightly, that a "hook set" could not happen and the fish spit the lure.
There are plenty of fishing scent brands on the market ranging from UNI BUTTER, HOT SAUCE, PRO CURE, etc. We feel that UNI BUTTER is the best scent for the areas in which we fish and for the fish we are targeting. UNI BUTTER is made mostly of Uni; Sea Urchin. This is a favorite food among all sea life. Especially fish that live in rocks, reefs or kelp.
CALICO BASS & INSHORE FISHERY DIET - MATCH THE HATCH! Calico Bass and other inshore predators eat anchovies, sardines, spanish macs, pacific macs, squids, octopus, crabs, shrimps, kelp fish and senoritas. READ MORE
Big Swim Jiggin' Techniques by JSJ Recently I started fishing swim jigs which have been gaining in popularity over the last few years. I personally have been so distracted by fishing swimbaits that I hardly gave it the time of day. I think this was mostly due to me being sort of close-minded and thinking of them as a conventional technique. Well my eyes have been opened and I figured I would share the light.
I was introduced to big swim jigs with pretty big swimbait trailers. Not only was this different but the way they can be fished is slightly different than what may traditionally come to mind. When you search the aisles at your local fishing store most of the swim jigs you will find are not only relatively small but usually not very heavy either. Most of the time they max out at 3/4 oz which is fine for shallow water and keeping from getting hung up, but what if you want to fish deeper and still fish fast. The answer, coming from the saltwater market is a jig that is no different from a conventional bass jig except they start at 3/4 of an ounce and go up from there - in fact they go all the way up to 2 oz. These are the Slayer Swim Jigs by War.... READ MORE....
STRUCTURE FISHING Shallow water structure is prime habitat for large fish. Cast the Slayer Swim Jig™ onto a jetty or break wall. Walk the jig off each rock ledge, as if to stair step it. Hold on tight, prepare for the heavy thump or light tap. As soon as it happens, set the hook and don’t stop cranking.
HORIZONTAL SWIMMING This jig is designed to be fished in the heaviest of cover. You can cast this jig into the kelp forest and burn it over the top. When it hits an opening, let the bait drop through the hole. Pick it back up and run the water column. Cast it into open kelp lanes, give it a 10 count and retrieve back. Cast into open water. The vibration and action draw fish to strike.
VERTICAL JIGGING Drop your Slayer Swim Jig™ into the kelp forest or onto a metered structure or rock pile.
Pay attention to the drop, this is a common time to get a strike. Once your jig hits the bottom give it a few pops and retrieve steady through the water column. Repeat until bit, PITCH N FLIP the kelp forest.
RODS Custom rods are the way to go. You get what you want in strength, wraps and handle style. We have all our custom rods wrapped by Mark Higashi at Performance Tackle. Performance Tackle specializes in tournament fishing and hard to find gear. They use the best blanks and components on the market.
CALICO Inshore Rods
We prefer a 7’6” to 8’0” H to XH action inshore rod. You have to keep in mind that you will be fishing in the nastiest of cover and need to get the fish out. With drags set to max, at times when you hook a fish it's a tug of war. A rod of this class is great for throwing 1oz, 1.5oz and 2oz Slayer Swimjigs. These rods are also good for throwing Lunker Punker and Huddleston swimbaits.
BAY/FRESH WATER Rods
There are many rods/lengths/actions to use in these environments. Here are 2 great rods for what we do. For the Swimjigs, the Phenix MBK 703 is light, sensitive and has a strong back bone for setting the hook. For a Slayer head and swimbait rig, the Phenix Recon 7'6" MH is a perfect selection. Performance Tackle also makes ultra slick custom fresh water bass rods.
REELS There so many choices. Find a manufacture with a good warranty and customer service. Prolonged saltwater use will affect any reel over time.
We prefer a low profile bait casting reel like the ABU GARICA TORO & INSHORE or Shimano Curado 300, but many reels will work. You‘ll need a reel with stopping power and cranking power. Fishing heavily structured areas, we have the drag set to max, so that almost no line comes out when pulling from the spool. At the hook set you’ll need to turn the fish's head towards you right away to even have a chance.
For bays and fresh water, a 200 sized reel is the right size. There are so many styles, speeds and shapes of a 200 sized reel. Find the reel with the right feel, line capacity and speed you want.
LINE & KNOTS We use a combination of braid super lines matched with fluorocarbon leaders. These connections are made with a Uni to Uni, Tony Pena or Seagar Knot.
Our top choice is 50 or 65lbs braided line tied to a 3 foot section of 30 or 40lbs fluorocarbon. The braid will act like a saw when it gets caught up in the kelp. The heavy fluoro will be very abrasion resistant when fishing in the heavy structure.
In the bays, 10 to 30 lbs braid line is used depending on the rod/reel set up and fishing application. We also recommend tying on a 10, 12, 15 or 20lbs flouro leader. We use such heavy line because the fish are so aggressive and strong. The last thing you want is to lose a fish because the line snapped, it got wrapped in a dock or the fish ate the bait so far that it's sharp teeth cut through the line.
Take measures to avoid losing fish. Increase the strength of your line.