5" Hammer

The 5 inch Big Hammer™ swimbait is the most popular of all the Big Hammer™ swimbait sizes.  Originally designed for calico bass fishing off the coast of Southern California and Baja Mexico, the 5" Hammer proves daily that not only is it one of the best lures for calico bass but it is an excellent lure for nearly all species that inhabit the inshore and offshore waters of the West Coast. It is also a great freshwater bass bait with an 18 lb. largemouth and 8 lb. spotted bass to it's credit.

Jig Heads: Because of it's versatility the 5" Hammer is designed to be used with a wide range of jig heads.  All sizes of our jig heads with a 4/0 or 5/0 hook will work great.  Pick the best weight for your application.

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Technique Articles & Stories
Click on the links below to read some technique articles and stories that focus on using the 5 inch Big Hammer swimbait.

Calico Bass Fishing 555 - Larry Heron
Larry "Calico Hunter" Heron shares some of his proven tricks and tips for catching more and bigger calico bass.  Larry covers the proper tackle, presentation, how to locate calicos and catch them under varying conditions.

Tuna Fishing Basics for the Private Boater - Josh Dunlap
Josh takes you through the basics of successful private tuna trips.

Calico Candy - Malia Goldberg
Malia talks about how she got "hooked" on fishing for Calico Bass and some of the techniques she uses to catch them.

Saltwater Swimbaits for Freshwater Bass - Rob Belloni
We all know that swimbaits are a great way to catch calico bass and halibut, but largemouth bass?  This article details the use of "saltwater type" swimbaits for freshwater bass including gear, lures, and tactics.

Slide Open - Steve Greanias
Steve explains how to successfully catch tuna on swimbaits.

Swimbaits Catch Goliath Mid-Summer Pike - Jeff Matity
Jeff explains how to successfully hunt big pike using swimbaits.

Calico Combat - David Fong
David illustrates his methods of boiler rock fishing for calico bass.

Hammering Inshore Halibut - Pete Wolf
Pete shares the techniques he uses to catch halibut from the float tube in shallow water using swimbaits.

Click here to view the entire Big Hammer Techniques section.

Photo Gallery
A small collection of pictures of fish caught using the 5 inch Big Hammer swimbait

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Calico Bass

Largemouth Bass

Striped Bass

Spotted Bass


California Halibut

Northern Pike

Spotted Bay Bass

Tiger Musky

Smallmouth Bass


Sand Bass

Pacific Halibut



Golden Dorado


European Perch




Click here to view the entire Big Hammer Photo Gallery.

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