What Size Hook For 6 Inch Swimbait?

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If you are using a swimbait or a soft plastic lure for fishing, then one of the things that year is what kind of hook you are going to use. Of course, the type of hook you use here is the swimbait hook, but what we are actually here to figure out is what size of hope you need for this. What size hook for 6 inch swimbaits is best?

The best hook sizes to go with for swimbaits are 2/0, 3/0, 4/0, 5/0, and 6/0, with the 6/0 size being the biggest of the bunch, and also being the number one choice for a 6 inch swimbait.


What Is A Swimbait Hook?

A swimbait hook is a special kind of fishing book designed to rig swimbaits soft plastics and other such types of lures and baits.

Swimbait hooks feature a fairly wide arc width and upturned point, as well as another small point located on the eye.

The shape of the hook combined with these features allows soft plastics and other types of swimbaits to sit very well and to look natural in the water as well as to be attached securely to the hook.

Moreover, it’s swimbaits generally come with a small weight that does not move located on the shank.

This weight is designed to pull down the curved section of the hook towards the bottom of the water, thus allowing the swimbait to sit on top and to look naturally.

Some people would say that this weight is almost like the keel on a ship.

There are also many swimbaits that are complete with small metal spinners that flash and create vibrations in the water in order to attract fish.

The whole point of his swimbait hook is to allow for a very natural presentation when using a variety of swimbaits.

What Size Hooks Should I Use For Swimbaits?

Something that is important to note here is that of course not all swimbaits are the same size.

For reference, 6 inch swimbaits that require a size 6/0 hook, are fairly large, but what about the other sizes of swimbaits.

The general rule of thumb here is that you need to match the hook size number to the length of the swimbait in question.

Generally speaking, 3 inch swimbaits requires a size 3/0 hook, 4 inch swimbaits need a size 4/0 hook, 5 inch swimbaits need a 5/0 hook, and 7 inch swimbaits are best used with a size 7/0 hook.

Remember, your hook does need to match the bait being used, so the larger the bait is, the bigger the hook needs to be.

It’s all about being big enough to hang onto the swimbait with ease, yet also small enough so that the hook will be as hidden as possible from the prying eyes of fish.

What Size Weight For Swimbaits is Best?

We did mention how swimbaits usually come complete with a weight in order to weigh them down and to allow for a natural presentation.

Now, different swimbait hooks will have different weights or sizes of weights on them.

For the most part, people recommend sticking with a weight that is between 1/16 ounce and ¼ ounce, with the 3/16 ounce being the most popular of all, especially for fish like bass and walleye.

Now, do keep in mind that how heavy the hook should also depend on the size of the swimbait in question.

Just like with the size of the hook, the weight also depends on the bait. For a large six inch swimbait, a 3/16 ounce weight may actually be a bit on the low side of things.

How To Rig A Swimbait On A Jig Head?

Something that you can do to increase your chances of attracting fish is to rig a soft swimbait onto a jig head. Jig heads and swimbaits already do a great job at luring in fish, but when put together, it takes it to a whole new level.

Of course. This means that you have to find a good way to rig that swimbait onto a jig head.

  • First off, you want the head of the jig head to be about the same size as the diameter of the swimbait, so if the head of the swimbait is too large, cut it down a little bit.
  • Now, insert the hook into the swimbait, starting at the head of the bait, pushing it through the body of the swimbait lengthwise, and keep pushing the swimbait onto the jig until you have pushed the bait over the shank of the hook, and over the keeper (that fat plastic bit with the little spikes, right under the head of the jig).
  • The head end of the swimbait should right under the head of the jig (with everything on the jig, except for the head of it, now being inside of the body of the swimbait).

How Do You Rig A Weedless Swimbait?

If you plan on fishing in the weeds, then what you need is a weedless swimbait.

To rig a weedless swimbait, take the head of the swimbait and thread it onto the corkscrew keeper on the swimbait hook (located at the eye of the hook), until the full screw has been inserted into the swimbait lengthwise (start at the head and thread towards the tail).

Then, pass the actual pointed end of the hook through the body of the swimbait (from the bait’s stomach up through to and out of its back), at the location where the swimbait naturally meets the point of the hook (keeping in mind that the front of the swimbait has been threaded onto the keeper located at the eye of the hook).

What you need to make sure is that the swimbait is straight, or in other words, completely horizontal from the front to the back.

How Do You Rig A Swimbait For Bass?

Rigging a swimbait for bass fishing is not very hard at all. All you really have to do is to follow the instructions that we provided above (how to rig weedless swimbait), especially if you are fishing in the weeds.

On the other hand, if you are fishing for bass in open water, you want to use a normal swimbait hook, not a weedless swimbait hook, as these allow the head of the swimbait to be exposed, thus attracting more bass.

All you have to do is to hook the swimbait onto the hook as you normally would (push the hook through the swimbait, about halfway down its body, and push it up from the stomach, and out the back).

Ensure that the point of the hook faces the tail of the swimbait, and that the head of the swimbait faces the eye. Keep in mind that if you are using a weedless swimbait hook, you will also need to thread the head of the swimbait onto the keeper spring/screw.

Now, what you do need to keep in mind here is that for bass fishing, especially largemouth bass, most professionals recommend using swimbaits between 8 and 10 inches long.

Remember that we said that you have to match the size of the swimbait to the size of the hook, so in this case, you will want to go for a hook between 8/0 and 10/0.

Finally, the other thing that you want to try doing here is to use a paddle-tail swimbait, as bass really seem to love these.



The bottom line here is that swimbaits do come with a lot of benefits. However, using the right size of hook for the specific size of swimbait being used is essential, and how you rig it matters as well. Take your time and get it right!

Jason Downs

I created Fishtackly to share my 30 years of fishing experience and knowledge with others with the aim to help, and hopefully get more people involved and educated in this fantastic hobby that I love.