By this time, you’d have to have your head pretty far in the sand to not have begun experimenting with swimbaits or have them in your regular fishing arsenal. Swimbaits, big and small, have been standards on the west coast for years and have now made their way to the decks of weekend anglers’ boats all across the country. One swimbait in particular has been a not-so-quiet secret of many top pros for the last few years. The Little Creeper Baits All American Trash Fish is a bait you need to get your hands on.
Here’s a bit of info about this proven big limit bait.
QUALITY over QUANTITY
A few years back, Benno Huene, founder of Little Creeper Baits, designed a swimbait with a new kind of look. It had a more realistic profile and better action than anything else on the market. Though some have said the Clear Lake Hitch was the inspiration, it just as closely resembles a shiner, smelt, squawfish, small carp or any number of other common bass forage. Huene, when designing this bait, took a painstakingly long time in development. He wanted just the right action, which required the right combination of plastic, mold design and a complex pouring process to achieve exactly what he was looking for. In addition to these factors, Huene also customized the baits to allow for a large hook to lay perfectly in the top of the bait by creating a pocket, thereby making this swimbait almost completely weedless. Though a similar version of the Trash Fish has come out by Berkley called the Sick Fish (with a deal through Huene via his friendship with Skeet Reese) the mass produced bait doesn’t have anywhere near the action and performance of the original.
NO WRONG WAY TO FISH IT
When I first started throwing swimbaits, one of the things that really attracted me to the Trash Fish was the ability to throw it into shallow wood and weeds without having it get hung up. Anywhere you can toss a spinnerbait, you can substitute the Trash Fish. By having the hook hid in the pocket on the top, it can be bumped around and through almost anything. Though that is my preferred method, many anglers fish it in depths down to 30 feet. By counting it down with a weighted hook (I prefer the 8/0 Owner Beast with Twistlock), you can fish it for deep fish on the bottom, suspended fish or those up in the shallows.
SET THE HOOK AND HOLD ON
It’s important to have the right line and rod when using the Trash Fish. The original bait is 6 inches (they have a 4 inch version as well) and weighs an ounce by itself, plus whatever weighted hook you are using. I prefer either 15-20 pound Seaguar InvisX fluorocarbon or 65 pound Power Pro braid. I throw the Trash Fish on a Dobyns Rods Fury 795SB, a rod specifically designed with swimbaits in mind. Just like with some of the larger Huddleston style swimbaits, it is imperative to wait on the fish to really load up before setting the hook. Giving the reel a couple of quick cranks after you feel the initial bite and then giving it a rip will increase your hookup percentage. Personally, I set the hook with a side sweeping action, much like you would do while fishing a Carolina Rig.
If you live in California, chances are you already have a handful of Little Creeper Baits All American Trash Fish lying around. However, if you’re back east and have been experimenting with the Berkley Sick Fish or other swimbaits and are looking for a better quality, proven, tournament winning product, you cannot go wrong with the Trash Fish. Great action, excellent quality and big stringers of fish!