Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Product Review for the ALL NEW 4.8 Swinging Hammer

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Bob (owner of PTL) had called me a few week ago to let me know that the molds had made it to the plastic injector company. All well and good. Don't tell me until they are here. I don't want to get my hopes up.

So, it went into the back of my mind and I didn't think about it.

When I wake up in the morning (about 5:45), the first thing I do is roll over and check my email. My bosses get to work and start emailing the work instructions for the day.

Well, imagine my surprise when I received an email telling me that the Swinging Hammer was in! I jumped up, ran to the living room, got on the laptop, and made an order. I just HAD to have these baits for the SNUFISH Tournament on Saturday.

But...it was Wednesday and I was SWEATING that it would come in......

But it did! And it saved the day! It boosted us from outside the money to 3rd when Josh hung a 4.5 on our last cast! In fact, we threw this bait for the last hour of a cold blue bird sky day and culled several times. Here is a vid from that day as we threw up over 18 pounds. 


Here are the specs from PTL:

"If you're looking to create a serious amount of turbulence in the water, the 4.8" Swinging Hammer was specifically designed to do exactly that.  The oversized paddle tail of the Swinging Hammer creates a massive amount of vibration that calls in big fish from far away. To boot, it's flat belly prevents rolling even at high speeds and it's segmented body creates a delicious side to side body sway from the nose back which just drives fish wild. The 4.8" Swinging Hammer can be fished multiple ways…but no matter how you fish it, be prepared to stick pigs!
Swim it on a weighted swimbait hook in open water or bang it off of cover.
Rig it weightless on a 6/0 EWG for slow surface waking and calling fish out of vegetation below.
Rig 5 on an Alabama rig and create a turbulence like never before.
Stroke it off the bottom on a jig head.
Use it as a trailer on a swim jig or Chatter Bait and bring that lunker to the scales.
Each package of Swinging Hammers comes with a capsule of Hog Tonic inside. Rub some on the baits and add amino acids to make sure those pigs don't let go. "


I have been using this bait for about a year and a half, and it has become a go-to bait for me on multiple lakes. I have a few ways of rigging and retrieving that are a staple of mine. The first is a standard lead head, fishing around damns such as the Guntersville dam on Wheeler or the Wilson dam on Pickwick. It is deadly on small mouth in the current.

Perhaps the most underrated method is weightless on top of grass, such as on Guntersville. During the dog days of summer in 2013, "skitter shadding" became the sole producer of big fish for me. I wold throw it as far as I could, then twitch it back while it sat on grass. The hook up ratio is extremely high and the fish can't stand it. You can also throw this weightless into schooling fish and it is almost automatic. Just toss it out, let it fall, and make a couple of twitches. This technique earned me a 2nd place finish with Big Fish during my clubs Classic on Guntersville. Check out the vid.

Whatcm my product review, which is at the top of this page. If you want to know my favorite attribute to this bait, it's that it swims even as it falls, where as most swimbaits have a stiff tail that won't move as it falls. This doesn't look like a real bait fish. The Swinging Hammer swims as it falls, making it look like a dying bait fish. As a result, most of my catches have been on the fall, either from the cast or from popping it off the bottom.

If you are looking for a extremely versatile swimbait in some awesome colors with a unique action, check out the PowerTeam Lures Swinging Hammer Swimbait and its 12 colors. My all time favorite is Money. But all of the colors are great.

I have caught a ton of fish on this bait. And I have caught them every single way I have rigged them and on every single lake I have used it on. Whether it's lead head, swim jig, A-rig, or weightless, this bait produces fish.

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