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Lure Fishing - Catching more with soft plastics

Soft plastic lures are popular because they catch fish and are easy to use. The supple materials used to make these lures are perfect for a natural looking imitation of baitfish, and that’s what makes them so effective. It is therefore critical that you don’t dampen the natural swimming action of your soft plastic lures with too much weight in the jig head.

Jig head choice will influence what you catch. A good rule of thumb is to use the lightest weight jig head that is practical for the situation — bearing in mind the depth of water you’re fishing and the strength of any current or tidal movement. And that may be no weight at all, just a hook.

You should also consider the line you use. Fine lines and thin leaders will help your lure sink faster, allowing you to use a slightly lighter jig head. The shape and size of your soft plastics will also influence the rate at which it sinks when lightly weighted. There is a huge variety of brands and models to choose from, so put some thought into what swimming action you will need to trick a fish into biting it — that will tell you what shape is best.

Also think about where you want your lure to be swimming. Sometimes it’s best that it doesn’t reach the bottom; a slow, wafting action just below the surface or in mid-water can often be more effective than bouncing along the bottom. Swimming your soft plastics across the surface is also worth a try.