Soft Plastics

HOW TO USE SOFT PLASTICS FOR BASS FISHING

Soft plastic worms and other soft plastics are considered some of the most popular lures for Bass fishing. They’re simple, versatile and prove to be very irresistible to Bass. Soft plastic worms and other soft plastics come in many styles, sizes and colours, so it can be a bit overwhelming for amateur anglers. Read on for my tips to using soft plastic worms and other small soft plastics for Bass fishing.

CHOOSING A SIZE AND COLOR

Soft plastic worms come in different sizes and colours. No two lures are exactly alike as each variant will work best in a set of specific conditions.

When Bass fishing in clear, open water, it’s best to use smaller sized plastic worms as lures. Soft plastic worms that are around 20-30mm are sufficient enough for the Bass to spot in the water. However, when fishing in locations with a lot of cover, anglers should opt for larger sized plastic worms. Those around 50mm or more will provide enough visibility even though there are a lot of weeds, grass or branches.

Regarding colour, natural coloured soft plastic worms are best used for clear waters, while brighter coloured soft plastic worms will be better if the water is cloudy or murky. Additionally, the type of soft plastic worm you use will also depend on the weather and water temperatures. It is best to mix it up and see what works on that day at that location.

DIFFERENT STYLES

Aside from different sizes and colours, soft plastic worms also have different styles. Straight tail and wiggle worms are the most common, and they’re also considered the most versatile. Meanwhile, anglers opt for curly tail worms when they want to add more movement and vibration to their presentation. Curly tail worms are also suited for darker water with vegetation or heavy cover.

WAYS TO RIG SOFT PLASTIC WORMS

Smaller plastic worms are most commonly paired with straight shank and offset hooks. When fishing in areas of a lot of structure or weeds, it is best to rig your soft plastics weedless. To catch more Bass, anglers know that it is best to use a variety of presentations. By knowing an array of different techniques, you can easily account for the fish’s finicky behaviour as well as the changing water and weather conditions.

TECHNIQUES FOR CATCHING BASS

Cast, drag and retrieve is the most common technique for Bass fishing with soft plastics. However, when in open waters that don’t have a lot of structure underneath, you can also use a hopping technique. Cast your line and bounce it back to you. You can adjust your speed as well as add shakes and shimmies to see what catches the attention of the Bass.

Soft plastics are a common choice of anglers when it comes to Bass fishing. It’s not only because they’re also fairly easy to use, but they’re also a good choice of lure for those who are just starting out. Just remember, Bass only tend to go for what they can get in their mouth.

 


 

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Peter Hollingsworth
peterh@dinga.com.au

Peter has been fishing all around Australia since he was a boy. He loves camping, fishing and kayak fishing.