QUICK GUIDE TO FISHING WITH PLASTICS
Are you having a tough time working out how to catch fish on plastics? Do you keep hearing mates brag about cricket scores of fish, but are struggling to crack the plastics code yourself? Fear not! Plastics techniques are easy to learn and by following a few simple tips you too will be claiming brag rights and making your mates sweat.
AN ALLURING REVOLUTION
Although soft plastic lures have been around for decades it wasn’t until the 1990s and early 2000s that they were extensively refined and their potential began to make serious waves in the fishing world. The revolution led to an explosion of plastics varieties and today they are one of the most popular lure options. If you’re new to plastics or are struggling to get results, take a look at these pointers and you should be armed and ready to fire.
OPTIMISING TACTICS FOR TARGET FISH SPECIES
The first key step is to select a plastic that is suitable for the fish that you are targeting. There’s absolutely no point throwing a Barramundi plastic at a Bream or vice versa. I often hear beginners say that plastics are plastics and it doesn’t matter which variety or style you choose. This could not be further from the truth. Your choice of plastic will make a massive difference to your chances of catching fish. If you simply choose the cheapest or an unsuitable plastic it’s very likely that you won’t catch fish and you’ll be back at square one.
CONTROL DEPTH WHEN FISHING WITH PLASTICS
Depth control is another critical decision when fishing plastics. Once you’ve got the right plastic for the job, you need to get it to the fish. This is where your fishing knowledge comes in handy. Examine the location that you plan to fish. Is it deep or shallow? Where are the fish likely to be? These questions will greatly influence the weight of the jig head that you choose. If the fish are on the bottom in 20m of water you’ll obviously need a heavier jig head than if you were casting plastics across a shallow sand flat.
Also, choose an appropriate hook size for the plastic. The hook needs to be large and strong enough for the particular target species, but remember that plastics work through their actions. Never use a hook that impedes the plastics ability to wriggle or flex and entice fish.
MAINTAINING FORM AND FUNCTION WHEN RIGGING PLASTICS
Rig plastics meticulously. Presentation and function are very important with plastics. Make sure the plastic sits straight on the hook and that no appendages are caught or obstructed.
If the tail of your plastic (the bit that beats, wriggles or twitches) is bitten off or broken then your ability to lure and catch fish has diminished completely. Do not continue to use a broken plastic. It’s like throwing an apple core to a crowd. The good bits are gone and nobody will touch the scraps.
Just to reiterate – these are three key steps for plastics success.
STEP 1. Choose the correct plastic for the job
STEP 2. Choose an appropriate jig for the plastic and water depth
STEP 3. Ensure the plastic is always functioning correctly
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