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Mattlures Baby Bass Swimbait

Author: Rob Belloni

Overview / History: The Mattlures Baby Bass was the follow up to Mattlures’ very successful Bluegill bait and debuted in the summer of 2005.  The Baby Bass is 5 inches long and weighs approximately 1.5oz.  There are four available colors which include; Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Striper, and Yellow Bass.  The stock hook is a 3/0 Black Nickel Mustad Ultrapoint.  These soft plastic baits are individually hand poured and hand painted and retail for $11.95.

Pros:  The first and most obvious discussion point on the Baby Bass is the paint job.  Like the Mattlures Bluegill, the Baby Bass simply has an awesome paint job.  The colors look ‘just right’ above and below the water.  The Largemouth Bass color in particular is dead on and the level of detail and the blending in the colors is killer.  The Striper color is interesting and I’ve heard some positive feedback from that bait on the CA Delta where stripers are prevalent.  With the overall silver color on the Striper color, you could easily use that bait in a shad imitating situation as well.

The construction on the Baby Bass is solid and I would expect to get a good number of fish per bait.  10-15 fish per bait would not be unreasonable.  Like any soft plastic bait you might get the tail bit off first cast, but it’s unlikely.  Matt has done a good job blending durability with action on the Baby Bass and I give high marks for the tail action.  The Baby Bass can be fished very slowly and ‘fluttered’ on the sink.  I see a lot of mass produced baits that seem to have been designed without considering action vs. weight of lure vs. fall speed but the Baby Bass hits it just about right.  You can toss it out, put the reel in gear and it will swim on the way down on a tight line.  That’s a good action any day of the week in my book.

The overall action on the Baby Bass is a very fast tail flutter combined with a slight body wobble.  To offer a reference point, it doesn’t wobble as hard as a Big Hammer does, but the tail action is just as fast if not faster.  I’ve heard a lot of reports in the 6 months since this bait released and the verdict from the bass definitely appears to be positive.  There have been a lot of catches on the bait, especially what you might call tournament grade 3-9lb fish.  This bait is already proving to be effective all over the country and I really believe that it’s only a matter of time before some big time East Coast tournament stick wins a big tournament on it and blows it up. 

Cons:  Two things to talk about here in the cons department.  My first impression of the Baby Bass was via a picture I saw of the bait on Tackle Warehouse.  When I looked at it, I thought the paint job looked a little rough, like there was some black junk on the lure.  When I got the baits in my hand I saw that same thing but I realized that the black stuff was just loose paint, almost like overspray or something that just dried on the bait.  Washing the bait removed most of that stuff immediately.  So when you look at the picture on TW, don’t be deterred, the baits after washing them briefly or fishing with them will look like the pic in this review. 

The other thing to talk about is price.  There’s two totally valid arguments you make on the price.  From a lure making standpoint, this is a hand poured and more importantly a hand painted bait.  Trust me, painting plastic baits like this is no cake walk and Mattlures does a phenomenal job.  So $11.95 isn’t unreasonable when you look at it like that.  But when you look at it from the standpoint that it’s a 5” swimbait, $11.95 is a lot higher than anything else out there.  Serious guys will still buy this bait regardless, but some people will probably dismiss it just based on price.  My advice would be not to.

Average Rating out of 6 voters
Andrew Geral( Johannesburg, South Africa) Apr 28, 2009
Baby bass
Another quality Mattlures product, also very effective here in South Africa.The action and paintwork are awesome and well worth the price.I have had many fingerlings come up from the depths and swim with my lure until it gets too close to the surface, not to mention the the larger ones I had no problem setiing the hook into.
Jake Wilson( Alta Loma, CA) Apr 08, 2007
Bitchin' Bait
I really like Matt's Baby Bass alot. I started fishing this bait last summer and I've got fish up to 8 lbs. on it. No giants, but alot of good quality fish. The first one I had held up for at least 30 or 40 fish which I was really surprised by. I fish alot of ponds and small bodies of water where the main forage for the fish is smaller bass and this is where the bait truly shines. I've caught fish on just about every technique you could think of with this bait, dead sticking, bottom bounchin, slow rolling, strait grind, on the fall, flipping, pitching, bed fishing, anything. Just a really great bait all the way around.
Taylor( Sac, CA) Feb 09, 2006
Very Solid Bait
I recently got some of the New Matt Lures baits (6" trouts Bluegills and bass) I like the bass the best because I think it looks the nicest and it is small enough that a 2lber can suck it up real easy, unlike the bluegill where you may miss alot of fish the bass is a better all around size for a torney or smaller fish bait (big fish will also eat it). The bass also comes through the weeds very well and all mine swam dead on! I highly reccomend this bait it is a solid fish catcher!
Tree Plumbtree (BassDaddy)( Rancho Murieta, CA) Dec 23, 2005
Mattlures Baby Bass
I started throwing the Baby Bass late last summer after having a tremendous amount of success with Matt's Bluegill baits and I have not been disappointed. I haven't hung a double digit fish on one yet but I have caught several bass between 3 and 7+ pounds and too many smaller bass to even venture an estimate. What I like best about the bait is the versitilty of presentations it allows me. I have slow rolled them...burned them...yo-yo'ed them and pitched them with successful results and I have never had a rolling problem at any speed. I do like the spiral action the bait gives when I flip it into holes on a slack line.I agree with Stan that any tearing problems become a minor issue with a drop of Pro Softbait glue and I haven't lost a tail yet. I use a treble hook on the bottom of the bait when I'm fishing it in open water and just rely on the top hook when I fish it in/near dense cover. I have fished them extensively and I'm to a point where I never go on the water without one tied on. Awesome baits.
CZ( Santa CLara, CA) Dec 21, 2005
Mattlures Striper
Yes the Mattlures Striper bait does work well in places that have stripers. I actually was surprised how well I could work the bait through loose grass which seemed to work really well. I think the bait is just a great bait filling a specific niche. I think striper looking baits are really overlooked by the majority of people, yet they really do shine and probably also for the reason as rob says cause they also look like a big ole juicy shad.
dan greene/Lightninrod( Macon, GA) Dec 21, 2005
Matt's Baby Bass Baits
I started using Matt's Baby Bass early this summer and have caught Bass from 1.5 lbs up to my new PB, 9 lbs even. This bait is so detailed and painted so nicely, it makes mass-produced swimbaits pale in comparison IMO. The hook is Sharp and there is no need to add a treble hook IMO. As to the different colors available, I have caught Bass on all the colors and the only predator Bass where I fish is the L/M Bass so if you can't get the "Baby Bass" color, one of the others should work too.

I caught more Bass this year on his BBs than I did on any other bait. Both casting/slow retrieving and pitching are effective.

I've not seen any "over-spray" unless you are referring to the 'rubbery' stuff on the hook and the line tie both of which, just rub off.

If his baits are bought direct from Matt, the price drops to $10 per bait when buying 3 at a time.

I have had mine tear more right at the hook's bend rather than losing a tail. ProSoft Glue takes care of that in seconds:-). And interestingly to me, the smaller Bass tear the bait way more often than the bigger(3 lbs and up) Bass

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