Sebile Magic Swimmer Soft 130 ~ Soft Jointed Swimbait
Model: Magic Swimmer Soft 130
Type: Slow sinking soft plastic swimbait. Double jointed unibody with three articulated sections.
Length: 5-1/8 inches (130mm)
Weight: 3/4 oz (19g)
Depth: Swims weightless from 0-3 feet. Can be weighted and twitched down to 8 feet
Other Rigging Methods: Texas rig, Carolina rig and dropshot rig are recommended.
The Magic Swimmer Soft 130 Pro Pack comes with three swimbaits, one perfect size hook plus six soft weights in a body-fitting carrying case.
The Magic Swimmer Soft is a soft plastic jointed lure that swims just like the famous Magic Swimmer hardbait, but can be rigged weedless.
At 5-1/8 inches long and 3/4 oz unweighted, the ICAST award-winning Magic Swimmer Soft 130 is the ideal soft swimbait size that many anglers favor most. It's not too big or heavy, not too small and light. It's just right. It is a decent size swimbait to use easily on a wide range of medium to medium/heavy tackle.
Best of all, the Magic Swimmer Soft 130 moves through the water with the same realistic, fishy swimming motion as it's hard-bodied counterpart, the Magic Swimmer 125 SK.
Magic Swimmer Soft 130 (bottom and 3rd up) is comparable in size, action and tactics with the Magic Swimmer 125 hard bait (2nd & 4th).
Despite their differences in construction and material. both hard and soft Magic Swimmers display supple, fluid, lively movement. They seemingly squirt along through the water like live baitfish. They swim fairly frictionless, meaning you'll feel little or no resistance in your rod tip.
Not only does the Soft 130 swim like the hard 125 SK, but the new Magic Swimmer Soft can be used with many of the same tactics which you already use with hard-bodied Magic Swimmers.
Much of the time, all you need to do is reel steadily, and either the soft or hard Magic Swimmer will swim seductively a few feet below the surface.
When you suddenly spot gamefish scattering panicked bait on the surface, cast into the melee and reel quickly, holding your rod tip down. Used that way, both the soft or hard Magic Swimmer will rise to the top and wake the surface, wiggling frantically like fleeing baitfish.
Another of the most realistic ways to work both the hard and new soft Magic Swimmer is to use one as a slowly-sinking twitchbait where you let it sink in or around any shallow cover. You can let one sink up to 8 or more feet as you twitch it with little downward twitches of the rod tip. Only twitch a few inches, and it will flip and flop in semi-circles and can easily do an about-face 180 degree turn-around when you lightly twitch it. One of the keys to this action is to twitch it, and then instantly move the rod tip back toward the lure so the lure may complete its movement on a slack, not tight line.
How to Use the Soft Sinkers
The Magic Swimmer Soft comes with a stout, offset-neck single hook for weedless rigging. This gives you the ideal size hook to use, and Sebile provides six soft tungsten weights to slide on or off the hook shank.
The soft weights are made of a coated tungsten rubber compound, each weighing 1/32 oz apiece.
My two favorite weightings with the MS Soft 130 are to use either 2 (1/16 oz) or 4 (1/8 oz) soft sinkers on the hook shank.
My two favorite places to position the weights are either:
- On the hook shank behind the nose, if I want to twitch it a lot as it noses down into cover. If you are going to be twitching it a lot with little twitches as it sinks, it has better-looking action with the soft weights pushed forward on the hook shank.
- Backed down the shank, just before the hook starts to bend, if I want to swim it along.
The soft tungsten rubber sinkers may be positioned on the hook shank toward the nose of the bait to make it fall faster for instance to dive toward bottom underneath floating weeds - or the weights may be slid toward the back end of the hook shank, to get a more horizontal, level fall and swimming posture.
The belly is like an empty envelope that conceals most of the hook bend hidden inside the envelope. There are basically only two side flaps, and an empty although tightly-closed envelope-like section inside. There isn't much more than a small section of connective plastic right along the top that holds the hook securely in place - yet enables effortless exposure of the hook when required for solid hooksets.
Magic Swimmer Soft has a recessed hook channel grooved on top to help sheath the inward-angled hook point from any potential snags.
Rigging is easy every time since there are factory-made holes through the nose and through the upper back where the hook eye and hook bend respectively need to go through the plastic body. These hook holes guide the hook properly when freshly rigging one, yet the holes are tight enough to grip and hold the hook in perfect position while fishing one.
On a different note, one thing that helps the Magic Swimmer Soft achieve its best swimming action is not to affix a heavy weight onto its nose. The head of the bait often needs to be able to move from side to side to generate the best swimming action. So if the head or nose has a heavy weight fixed to it (like a jig head for example) the head will be restricted in its movement, and that tends to stifle the swimming action or twitching action.
We've talked about how the soft and hard Magic Swimmers are similar. One of the big ways that they differ, obviously, is the Magic Swimmer Soft may be rigged weedless and used in many snaggy or weedy areas where a hard Magic Swimmer cannot go without fear of getting hemmed up. So if there is a big old tree or jumbled rock pile with a monster fish holed up deep in that cover, you can only swim a hard plastic Magic Swimmer with treble hooks on the outskirts of the lunker's lair, hoping it will come out to whomp it. Wouldn't that be exciting?! Many times though, a lunker buried deep in cover is probably feeling pretty comfy and its not going to come out of its safe haven for any reason. I think you know what to do next. Just smack a weedless, snagless Magic Swimmer Soft right into the worst part of the cover - which equals the best spot to pull out that lunker now!
A skip cast or "skipping" is also a great way to skitter a Magic Swimmer Soft underneath low-lying docks or low-hanging trees or bushes to reach lunkers lazing in the shade below. The Magic Swimmer Soft 130 skips more easily and further than many other soft baits.
Another great tactic, called "deadsticking" is to let a weedless-rigged Magic Swimmer Soft flutter to bottom and lay there like a baitfish gasping for its last breath. It's one of the easiest ways to use it. If you can cast out, wait for the Magic Swimmer Soft to reach bottom - and then wait some more, you may be well-rewarded for your patience! That's all there is to deadsticking with the Magic Swimmer Soft.
In addition to rigging the new Magic Swimmer Soft weightless or weighted with the hook and soft tungsten ring sinkers, we also recommend you try it rigged with a Texas bullet sinker or on a Carolina rig or beefy dropshot rig. With Texas, Carolina and dropshot rigging methods, you are able to reach deeper fish more effectively. Keep in mind, it's often best to let the Magic Swimmer Soft have some freedom to move its head, as that starts the desirable swimming action which ripples down the body to the tail.
A Lesson on How Baitfish Constantly Look Around
You may swim it along steadily, and that is what most guys will do, and have a lot of fun catching fish that way.
What I find best however, is to swim it with a start-and-stop, jerk-and-pause or whatever you desire to call it kind of hesitant movement. That kind of action is most natural, since most small fish are always stopping to look around in order to make sure the coast is clear before they move again. The bait stops, makes up it's mind which way to go and whether to flee or not. So an action that imitates that swim-pause-look-continue, swim-pause-look-continue movement of live baitfish, that is my preferred way to swim a Magic Swimmer.
If I want a fleeing movement, then I will simply swim one steadily, but most of the time, I find that baitfish slink and lurk along tentatively, looking first one way, then the other, before they step out into the open. They swim a short distance, then pause, swim a little more, pause more and so on, ad infinitum. I find that action duplicated with a Magic Swimmer is most effective for me most of the time.
Just like when "walking-the-dog" with a topwater lure, it may sometimes take a split second for some lures to stabilize their side-to-side action and settle into a rhythmic cadence. With the Magic Swimmer Soft, I find it too needs a second to start its symmetrical swimming action, during which it rights itself and begins to swims perfectly side-to-side. This brief moment to gain its upright composure and cadence only happens when first you start to retrieve it, and only for a split second. However, if you use the start-and-stop, swim-pause-look-continue action that I espouse, you must not let the pause linger too long, or else the bait will lose its swimming momentum and it will need to be restarted from scratch again with that split-second loss of fluidity each time you pause too long. There's a knack to pausing the bait correctly so it looks around itself and then continues swimming with no loss of momentum. So maintaining that fluid energy - pausing without breaking the swimming movement is key to perfecting this retrieve. Hard to describe in writing, but so easy to understand once you get the knack of maintaining the bait's swimming energy even during the look-around pause phase.
On How to Be the Swimmer
With two soft weights on the hook shank, you achieve a tighter, faster side-to-side wiggle that ripples down the swimbait's body from head to tail. This presents a more alert, normal baitfish movement. With two soft sinkers, I tend to present the Magic Swimmer Soft as an ordinary baitfish simply swimming along with alert vigor and vigilance as it normally does most of its days.
With four soft weights, you get a wider, rolling action which kicks the tail out further to each side as it swims. This presents a more disoriented, struggling baitfish movement. With four soft sinkers, I tend to present the Magic Swimmer Soft as a baitfish in a little bit of trouble, hustling it along in a more distressed manner than normal. Yet it must remain low-key and incognito as if it isn't trying to attract attention to its personal plight.
Yes, you must be the Magic Swimmer Soft. You will never achieve the success you seek by being the hunter or the angler. You must be the hunted, the prey, always alert and wary every moment (with two soft weights) or at a disadvantage (with four soft sinkers). You must move and act in a way that will help you avoid the predator lurking just beyond striking range, and at the same time, entice the inevitable strike you crave. This is the oxymoron of angling. Always the predator must believe it is all it's own cunning and craftiness, that it has you within its grasp, and it is catching you. You are not catching it. Such is the way to work the magic of the Swimmer.
Once you try it, you'll find the new Magic Swimmer Soft is hard, really hard, to put down.
Questions I Get Asked About the Magic Swimmer Soft
One of the first questions I am often asked when anglers first see the Magic Swimmer Soft is how can it swim if it has no tail? Many anglers are accustomed to the knobby tails on soft swimbaits to provide the action. Instead, the streamlined, pointy head and wide sides of the Magic Swimmer generate the paddling action. The shape of its body is tall (from top to bottom) but compressed (from side to side), and as it pushes through the water, either due to gravity as it falls or when pulled forward by the angler's rod tip or reeling, the Magic Swimmer torques first to one side, and then to the other side, over and over again, due to water pressure against the large surface area of its ample sides. That's why it needs a split second to get started, first with water pressure against one side, then pressure against the other side, effectively balancing it out, over and over again, so it swims, or actually it is pushed from one side to the other side by the water itself. This means it will always swim, from ultra slow to ultra fast, permitting you to always have swimming action, and it will not spin out at any speed, because water pressure always keeps the bait horizontal and swimming without ever spinning.
A second question that anglers always ask me is how durable is the Magic Swimmer Soft? Just like many anglers, when first I saw it, I thought to myself that it would get torn easily or quickly. I was happy to see that when fishing, it is more durable than you'd at first think. Yes, the Magic Swimmer Soft, like all soft swimbaits, will eventually tear. So we aren't trying to give you the false impression that they will not do that, they will (all soft baits tear).
With that being said, the Magic Swimmer Soft is rubbery and tends to stretch instead of tear. Also, the nose and back have molded-in hook channels where the hook shank goes through the body. What that means is, you do not have to tear the nose or the back of the bait to insert the hook. Instead, the hook channels are already molded into the bait for you, and that helps the hook to slide along the pre-molded, smooth-skinned channels when rigging and when fighting a fish, the hook slides in the channels. With the hook channel molded into it, the molded surface functions as an unbroken skin that resists being torn. When there is no molded hook slot, you must cut and tear the bait to insert the hook in it, and once torn, a soft bait will continue to tear more and more. In effect, you are creating a tear when you rig a soft bait, even before you get to use it, it is torn already. The Magic Swimmer Soft, however, won't need to be torn when you first rig or re-rig it. This is an advanced concept, and it's designed into the Magic Swimmer Soft so it has molded-in hook channels with an unbroken surface skin that tends to resist being broken and resists tearing.
The third question that anglers want to know is how do you ideally attach the Magic Swimmer Soft to your line? You may tie direct with a Palomar or your favorite clinch knot. You may also use a loop knot, but many anglers, especially in the USA rarely use a loop knot. One in particular, the Non-Slip Loop Knot (popularized by flyfishing legend Lefty Kreh) is as strong and as easy to tie as any other knot. So give it a try. Especially if you are using a thicker line, a loop knot is recommended for more freedom of movement. Keep in mind, a Magic Swimmer will have incredible swimming action when tied with a Palomar, clinch or loop knot, it will swim amazingly and attract many bites, whatever knot you use. However, with a loop knot, you will notice more freedom of action, and the same can be said when using a lightweight wire snap - you will notice more freedom of movement. The risk with a snap may be, some are stronger than others. Or put the other way, some snaps make weak or unreliable connections, especially when a furious big fish is attached to the other end of your line. So, if you do use a lightweight yet reliable wire snap, or if you use a reliable loop knot, you will notice increased freedom of movement, but whether fish care or not, no one can say for sure. Bottom line, even when tied direct and tight (or with a loop knot or a snap), a Magic Swimmer Soft is going to swim amazingly great and attract beaucoup fish.
Always keep the swimbaits in the carrying case when not using them. The case is custom-fitted to keep the swimbait bodies straight and in the best possible shape. By keeping them in the original bags and trays, they will stay in the best condition possible until you are ready to use them.
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The price is for one (1) pack that includes 3 lure bodies, 1 hook and 6 soft tungsten weights as shown below.
Sebile Magic Swimmer Soft ~ Pro Pack ~ Blueback Herring
Bass really go for the Natural Bluegill color MS Soft 130
Sebile Magic Swimmer Soft ~ Pro Pack ~ Bluegill
That's a big pike!!! Caught by SEBILE French pro-staff Eva Masterise on the Electric Rainbow color MS Soft 130. Congratulation to you, fisherlady!
Sebile Magic Swimmer Soft ~ Pro Pack ~ Electric Rainbow
Patrick Sebile admires spawning bass caught on a dropshot rig fished on a bed with the Magic Swimmer Soft. Patrick recommends, "Every second you may stay anchored in order to linger longer in the sweet spot on a bed matters. Note that I use a weight reversed (for example, use a bullet sinker backwards as the dropshot weight) to resist more by gripping a little bit on the bottom, helping me to use the lightest weight possible for a minimal splash to avoid spooking fish, but to grab the ground so the bait may stay longer on the bed."
Another dropshot fish, a vermillion snapper from 300 feet deep off Catalina Island on the Ghostescent color Magic Swimmer Soft.
Sebile Magic Swimmer Soft ~ Pro Pack ~ Ghostescent
Perfect comparison of threadfin shad and MS Soft 130 in Holo Greenie color. Note the loop knot.
Sebile Magic Swimmer Soft ~ Pro Pack ~ Holo Greenie
Sebile Magic Swimmer Soft ~ Pro Pack ~ Natural Shiner
Canal fishing off the bank in Florida with the Magic Swimmer Soft 130 in Natural Shiner color.
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