FISHING FACTS AND TIPS: SOFT PLASTICS
I always avoided using soft plastics because I thought they were too much hassle. I preferred to throw some bait on a hook, sit back and hope for the best. Whenever I tried using lures, I did the same thing, and surprise, surprise, I had no luck with them.
It wasn’t until a fisho mate of mine showed me exactly what each hard-plastic lure was capable of and what movement I needed to do on the rod to get the right action on the lure, that I began using them regularly.
But hard body lures are expensive. Soon I was becoming frustrated with the number of hard plastics I was losing to snags and my wallet was creaking under the pressure. So, I moved to soft plastics. Not because I thought they would be better, just because my wallet couldn’t handle the number of hard plastics I was losing.
I picked up some jig heads and headed out one afternoon. I had been advised by my mate to cast out parallel to the shore and retrieve, then cast out again a little further from the shore but more or less in the same place. I repeated this procedure, getting further away from the shore each time, for around an hour. Then, bam! A Flathead took my lure. It wasn’t the Flathead that was hooked, it was me. Since then I have never looked back. Soft and hard plastics dominate my tackle box and I’ve never had so much success on the water.
USE BRAID WITH SOFT PLASTICS
Braid lines work better than mono on soft plastics. They are more sensitive and let you feel even the slightest movement on your lure. Tying on a fluorocarbon leader will ensure it is almost invisible to the fish in the water.
CARBON FIBRE WITH SENSITIVE TIPS IS THE WAY TO GO
Your rod set-up needs to be sensitive enough to control the exact movement of the lure, so you need something light and sensitive. I would recommend a carbon fibre rod with a sensitive tip. Also, because with soft plastics you are going to be constantly casting and retrieving, a lighter reel will make sure you don’t tire from casting and retrieving all day on a heavy reel.
RIG YOUR SOFT PLASTICS CORRECTLY
Unless your soft plastic is rigged dead straight, it will spin in the water and the fish won’t touch it. Get someone to show you how to rig it or watch a YouTube video here to show you how it’s done.
MIX UP YOUR RETRIEVE
Don’t do the same retrieve over and over again. Vary the speed, twitch it, let it float on the water a little. If you aren’t getting any action try something a little different. Keep the fish guessing.
PERFECT YOUR CAST
When fishing with soft plastics, cast accuracy becomes even more important. The closer you can get to the snag the better results you’ll get. When I started fishing soft plastics my cast was all over the place, now I’m pretty surgical and definitely notice the difference.
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