Cheer for the swim team

Move over Michael Phelps, there's another swimming stud that we simply cannot do without.

Sorry Ryan Lochte, not your day.

We're talking those medium swimbaits in the 4 1/2- to 5-inch size that fit a utilitarian role between the diminutive finesse stuff like the Keitech 3.8 Swing Impact, Gene Larew Sweet Swimmer or a Z-Man DieZel MinnowZ and those lobbing jumbo swimmers in the Optimum Boom Boom, Osprey Talon and Huddleston Trout clan.

Built slender for easy passage through vegetation and fitted with a kicking tail that wiggles even at low speeds, swimbaits like the Berkley Havoc Grass Pig, Reaction Innovations Skinny Dipper, Gambler Big EZ or YUM Pulse offer one of your most versatile options for shallow water habitat.

Let’s look at how Bassmaster Elite pros employ this strategy.