Every year a new company launches a new product and they make the same old promises. Finally, it’s about time that somebody breaks the mold and decides to throw a new twist on our favorite presentations. During the 2017 ICAST Freedom Tackle announced their new buzzbait but we’ll get to that later, for now, let’s talk about the bait that sealed their fate as a permanent addition to my tackle box; the Stealth Swim Jig.
Available in 6 colors and 4 weights the Stealth Swim Jig finally offers up the versatility we’ve been missing in the swim jig market. While the colors are certainly eye-catching the weights are what peaked my interest. Offering jigs in 1/4oz, 1/2oz, 3/4oz and 1oz means as an angler you now have the option of throwing a swim jig in more places, giving you more time to fish.
I’ve had the Stealth Swim Jig on deck for around 4 months now and I’ve yet to remove it from the rod I originally put it on. Being a junk fisherman I tend to retie often and change lures like cool kids change sneakers but thanks to the 1/2oz Stealth Swim Jig’s ability to be thrown as a punching rig, swim jig, and as a skipping jig around docks I’ve yet to have a reason to take it off.
I realize I keep talking about the versatility of this jig and it isn’t just because of the head but because of the ability to change the hook out to fit any size trailer. Freedom’s jigs offer an internal connection point that allows for you to easily change hooks out on the water, I settled on a 4/0 VMC Fastgrip hook for most applications though I have been inclined to use a 3/0 VMC Flippin hook when punching.
At this point, I don’t think I need to state my opinion of this jig, it’s one I’d recommend everybody use day in and day out. People that fish with me know I can’t stand a standard weed guard and having the ability to Texas rig a piece of plastic makes all the difference in the world.