These are like a spinnerbait,
ut have a flat blade that causes it to rise quickly to the top,
and create a disturbance along the surface like a minnow.
this is simply a variation of the standar Texas Rigged Plastic
worm or other soft bait. It usually involves a Lizard, but any
bait can be used. Most angles prefer to use a Heavy weight of
1/2 -1oz or more. Slide the weight onto the line, then add one
to three glass or plastic beads about 6mm (1/4") in diameter.
Color is unimportant. Next add a Barrel swivel, and a leader
line that is somewhat smaller than the main line. I recommend
a leader length of 2' - 5', and then a 3/0 - 5/ 0 hook. This
rig allows the bait to get down quickly to the bottom in deep
water areas, and can be worked relatively quickly. The heavy
weight gives you a much better feel of the bottom. The leader
allows the bait to swim and rise above the bottom, and fall slowly
down. It works best in deep openwater areas, but can be used
A lure which is usually
made from either hard plastic or wood, and has a diving lip on the front
which causes it to wobble, and dive, giving it some sort of swimming
action. Usually, the larger the lip, the deeper it will dive. Many have
rattles, but not all, and each has a specific time and place. Most
anglers find the plastic ones with rattles to be the best in dingy to
muddy water, and the wooden ones with no sound in clearer water. As with
all lures, it is not always the case, but at least that is a good rule
of thumb when searching for the right lure to start out under a given
These are one of the best lures
around, for both topwater, as well as suspended bass. They are
almost always Long minnow shaped plugs, and come in a variety
of sizes and colors. Many will suspend, but other will not. Some
of the best are made by Rapala, Cordell, Excaliber, and Yo Zuri,
but nearly every company has at least one of these baits available.
These are best worked in one of two ways. Firts try using them
as a topwater bait with a twitch and stop type of retrieve, or
a slow and steady wake below the surface. The second way, is
to use the suspending ones that tend to dive a lot deepeer, and
use a jerk and stop technique to allow the bass to come up, and
take it .
These are basically a lead head and
a hook with some sort of dressing on it. Some are rubber skirts,
some are Maribou, or eathers, and some are even Bucktail. Others
jigs use soft plastic baits for bodies, instead of skirts, such
as a sassy shad type of body, or even a plastic grub. Many times
these are fished with a Pork frog, or a plastic bait as a trailer
such as a worm or a crawfish. These baits are deadly during colder
weather or whenever the fishing is tough, like during a front.
best areas are around thick heavy cover such as a tree, or bush,and
even underneath docks, or boats.
These are usually sinking
lures, that are made from plastic, and contain many rattles inside
that are extremely loud, and creates quite a disturbance underwater.
Such lures as the Rat-L-Trap, Cordell Spot, and Rapala Rattlin
Rap, fall into this catagory.
These baits are great topwater lures,and can call
up fish from some really long distances. They can be worked in
a steady relatively fast retrieve, or jerked and made to splash
and spit in one place for quite some time. Some of the best ones
are the Rebel Pop-R. and Excaliber Pop-R, along with the ones
made by Gary Yamamoto called the Sugoi Splash.
These include such lures as the Bass Assassin,
Zoom Super Fluke, Culprit Jerkworm, and of course...the Sluggo.
Again, nearly every soft plastic company has thier own brand
of this bait as well, and they are rigged either on a Jighead,
or with a Weedless Worm hook in the 3/0-5/0 size. Best ones are
light wire with a wide gap, such as the Gamagatsu EWG (extra
wide gap) because it allows the extra thick plastic to move away
from the hook whenever a fish bites. If you fish this on a worm
hook, you should use a leader ine and a barrel swivel to prevent
line twist, and add some weight. Other ways to add weight could
be as simple as adding assorted sizes of finishing nails to the
center of the body, or even the nose. Work these in the same
manner as a regular jerkbait, but sometimes they work well after
they are allowed to fall to the bottom as well.
Soft Plastic Bait Colors:
Solid obviously means one color.
Two color means that the front part of the bait is one color
and the tail part is another color. Laminated means that the
top half of the bait is one color and the bottom another.
These are similar to a jig, but have a blade
that runs above the hook, and spins to imitate a baitfish. They
usually have one or two blades, and these are in different sizes
as well as shapes. A colorado blade gives off the most vibration,
and allows the most Lift to the bait. A willow leaf gives more
flash, and allows the bait to run faster, or deeper in the water.
this is a standard
rig for a plastic worm. Use a sliding weight, usually bullet
shaped, and a hook sufficient for the size worm you have chosen.
Stick the point of the hok directly into the worm head, and then
bring it out the side about 1/8 - 3/16" below the entry.
then pull the rest of the hook down into the worm until the eye
of the hook is about to enter the worm. Rotate the hook around
so the point is facing the worm's body. Lay it over the side
to see where it should enter in order to hang straight. The push
it into the worm, and pull the worms body until it hangs straight
on the hook. Remember that if the worms is twisted, it will twist
your line, and won't have the correct action.
Walkin' the dog: this is a technique that usually requires some
time to master, since it is created by the angler rather than
the actual lure. Probably the best known lure for this is the ZARA SPOOK made by Heddon. They can be cast a long distance,
and worked through schooling bass, or early morning flats to
draw strikes from big bass that are feeding as well. To create
the correct action, here is what you do: Make a long cast, and
then allow the bait to sit for a few seconds, Take up the slack,
and with your rod tip pointed at the water, give it a jerk to
the side, then immediatly take it back and reel in slack, then
jerk again, and repeat all the way back. whenever you jerk it,
the bait darts to the side, then you take up the slack, and whenever
you jerk it again, it darts the other way, so it goes from side
to side all the way back. You can vary the retrieve speed, until
you find the one they want. This is a really good bait for clear
water, and for BIG bass!