A soft-plastic swimbait may not be the artificial lure that a lot of bass fishermen point to as their “go-to” bait during the summer, but they’ve never been in the shoes of young bass pro Dylan Fulk of Concord, N.C.

He throws it as his primary summer bait — because everybody else in his neighborhood is throwing something else.

“A swimbait is a good way to cover a lot of water in the summer, and it’s not a crankbait,” he said. “Everybody in North Carolina throws a crankbait, and nobody really throws a swimbait, but a swimbait will get you a bigger bite, because it’s a more natural, bigger bait. 

“I like to start on ’em with a swimbait, because if you hook a fish, you don’t bring the whole school with it like you do with a crankbait. You don’t educate ’em like you do with a crankbait. A swimbait doesn’t have rattles or a treble hook banging around like a crankbait.

“I think bass get educated and quit biting, so you want to catch the biggest fish in a school early, and that’s what a swimbait does. After you catch a few fish out of a school, it’s hard to get a bigger, mature fish to bite, so you want to catch that big fish first, and a swimbait is the bait to do it with.”

Fulk’s swimbaits of choice are two 5-inch soft plastics: Yum’s Money Minnow and Pulse Shad. He can rig either bait a handful of different ways, but he fishes them all the same way.

“A Money Minnow has a real, tight action, and a Pulse Shad has a skinny rear end and a real big tail kick. I’ve gotten bites on both of them. You just figure which one the fish