“Soft bait” are any kind of soft plastic creation. The term “bait” often leads to confusion, as it is not about baits like minnows, nightcrawlers, batter bait, etc., but is often used as “bait” by tournament anglers, making “bait bait” unnecessary. For the purposes of this blog, however, we will refer to soft plastics as “soft bait” here.
There are so many different sizes, shapes, and colors of these fishing lures that online or in the store aisle to choose from can seem overwhelming. One way to narrow down your choices is to consider your primary target species. Another way to choose the best soft bait baits is to think about where in the water column the bait will be most effective.
Above. One of the most popular types of fishing lures for anglers is topwater. Not only is there the bite to be felt here, but an added rush to see it too. Soft bait baits for working the surface of the water often resemble frogs, but there are also floating worms and lizard shapes. Even if these soft bait lures aren’t floating, they’ll be quickly tossed across the surface if you roll in quickly with the pole tip held up.
Center. These soft plastics look like swimming. Paddle tail baits make the back of the bait wobble back and forth in panicked bait fish fashion. Other forms achieve an affective movement for rolling up medium water depths, such as B. curly tails, segmented or with limbs.
Bottom. Perhaps the best bait for anglers is the old rubber worms. Pour it and let it sink to the floor and then slowly lift it up a few centimeters and let it fall. Once the water warms up in late spring, this lure is a bass favorite in almost any body of water and in any condition.
After all, small soft bait baits are like hot sauce: they go well with anything. After you’ve bought your new fishing license, give your favorite spoon, spinner bait, or chatter bait a little grub tail for a more enticing presentation. Experiment in areas of high pressure and try to show the fish something they haven’t seen.
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Andy is an outdoor writer (http://www.justkeepreeling.com/) and stressed-out dad has contributed over 380 blogs to takemefishing.org since 2011. Born in Florida but raised on the banks of farm ponds in Oklahoma, he now hunts pike, small bass and steelhead in Pennsylvania. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from OSU, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fisheries research technician at OSU, in the US state of Iowa and in the US state of Michigan.