Any idea what this old Swimbait is?

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Any idea what this old Swimbait is?

Post by VinnyBass »

Years.....and I mean many, many, many years ago, I bought a few swim baits like the Castaic trout and a few Optimum swim baits despite
never really having a rod strong enough to toss the bigger ones. I imagine most of us at times have bought baits that later just ended up
stored away and that is why I am posting this. I have no idea what this swim bait is and maybe one of you old timers..I mean veteran
fishermen may know. The bait is about 8 1/2" long and looking at its condition, it may have been in the water only a few times.
Thanks. :-)
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Re: Any idea what this old Swimbait is?

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Throw it
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camobass wrote: Sun Jan 07, 2024 1:45 pmThrow it
"I will throw swimbaits more in the coming new New Year" (don't I say this at the end of every year?)
The one New Years resolutions that I never seem follow up with. Yes, I throw them for a bit but maybe less than 2 hours in all
of 2023. I really will make a better effort to toss swimbaits more in 2024.
I know that if I do catch a nice bass, you will be the first I will thank for always telling me to toss them.
Thanks Camobass and tight lines always. :-)
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That bait is something “new”. It may get chomped
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I did a reverse image Google search and nothing showed up. Might be a brand that is not made anymore.

https://lens.google.com/search?ep=gisbu ... p3PT0iXQ==

If you think you bought at TW or another outlet, search your past orders to see. Most places keep past orders on file.

Would be horrible to discover this was the hot bait for big bass, then loose it and not be able to buy more. You would be kicking yourself for not buying a dozen at the time, just to be safe.
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Gotfish? wrote: Sun Jan 07, 2024 6:13 pm I did a reverse image Google search and nothing showed up. Might be a brand that is not made anymore.

https://lens.google.com/search?ep=gisbu ... p3PT0iXQ==

If you think you bought at TW or another outlet, search your past orders to see. Most places keep past orders on file.

Would be horrible to discover this was the hot bait for big bass, then loose it and not be able to buy more. You would be kicking yourself for not buying a dozen at the time, just to be safe.
I bought it many decades ago at a tackle shop and searched online for older swimbaits but just have not been successful finding one like it.
I just posted it just in case someone might remember or know what it is.
That reverse image on Google was pretty cool. Just shows that you could learn something new every day.
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Looks like an Optimum to me
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I was thinking optimum, but I just never seen one with three hooks like that
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Post by Oh Da Shiz »

Looks like it might be an osprey swimbait. I used to have a few but they've been donated during some fishing trips at Skinner.
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Post by kahuna bass »

Vinny,

Interesting looking Osprey/Optimum swimbait. The OG Osprey swimbaits were hard baits and later Steve Harner went with soft swimbaits. I have several Osprey's and it just doesn't meet all the lines. Good question! I'm leaning more towards early Optimum Swimbait. Throw it and hang on!!

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