OL Guide To Fishing Soft Plastics

Grub

Grub

Description: Short, pudgy, with twist or spear tail
Sizes: 2" to 5"
Application: Crappies, bluegills, bass, walleyes
Rigging: Jig 1/16 oz./3/16 -1/4 oz.
Rod/Action: Pole/6'MH Spinning
Line Test: 6-10 lb.
Retrieve""Vertical: jig, swim, hop
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Spider Jig

Spider Jig

Description: Tentacles at head, split twist-tail
Sizes: 2" to 5"
Application: Bass
Rigging: Jig 1/16 oz./Jig 3/16-1/4 oz.
Rod/Action: 6' MH Spinning/7' MH Bait-casting
Line Test: 6-8 lb./12-20 lb.
Retrieve: Short hops
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Soft Craw

Soft Craw

Description: Pincers and legs like real crayfish
Sizes: 2" to 5"
Application: Bass in spring
Rigging: Jig 1/16 oz./Jig 3/16-1/4 oz.
Rod/Action: 6' MH Spinning/7' MH Bait-casting
Line Test: 6-8 lb./12-20 lb.
Retrieve: Short hops
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Tube Bait

Tube Bait

Description: Hollow, squid-like; falls in spiral
Sizes: 1.5" to 5"
Application: Crappies, bluegills, bass
Rigging: Jig 1/32 to 1/8 oz./Texas rig
Rod/Action: Crappie pole/7' MH Bait-casting
Line Test: 6 lb./12-20 lb.
Retrieve: Vertical-jig, short hops
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Slop Critter

Slop Critter

Description: Mimics frog/rat; upswept hooks
Sizes: 3" to 5"
Application: Bass under surface vegetation
Rigging: Pre-rigged weedless
Rod/Action: 7' MH Bait-casting
Line Test: 20 lb.
Retrieve: Crawl over weed mats
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Lizard

Lizard

Description: Mimics a salamander
Sizes: 4" to 8"
Application: Bass in wood; bass in clear water
Rigging: Texas rig/Carolina rig
Rod/Action: 6' MH Spinning/6Ã'½' MH Bait-casting
Line Test: 8 lb./12 lb.
Retrieve: Short hops, drag points
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Twist-Tail Worm

Twist-Tail Worm

Description: Ribbon tail
Sizes: 6" to 10"
Application: Bass in wood or grass
Rigging: Texas rig
Rod/Action: 7' MH Bait-casting
Line Test: 12-20 lb.
Retrieve: Short hop
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Paddle-tail Worm

Paddle-tail Worm

Description: Flat, beaver tail
Sizes: 6" to 8"
Application: Bass in thick grass
Rigging: Texas rig with pegged sinker
Rod/Action: 7' MH/H Bait-casting
Line Test: 10-14 lb./14-20 lb.
Retrieve: Short hops, flip in weeds
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Straight-Tail Worm

Straight-Tail Worm

Description: Fake night crawler
Sizes: 6" to 8"
Application: Bass in shallow cover
Rigging: Weightless; bury hook in body
Rod/Action: 6Ã'½' M Spinning
Line Test: 8-12 lb.
Retrieve: Skip under bushes
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Finesse Worm

Finesse Worm

Description: Short, slender
Sizes: 4"
Application: Bass in clear water
Rigging: Texas rig or split shot
Rod/Action: 6' M spin
Line Test: 4-6 lb.
Retrieve: Hop on rocks, drag points
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Soft Head

Soft Head

Description: Fish body, blunt tail
Sizes: 2" to 6"
Application: River bass, stripers
Rigging: Jig Ã'¼ oz./Jig Ã'½ to 1 oz.
Rod/Action: 6' MH Spinning/7' MH Bait-casting
Line Test: 6-8 lb./20 lb.
Retrieve: Dart/pause, swim, hop
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Creature

Creature

Description: Worm body, twin tail, legs
Sizes: 6"
Application: Bass in thick cover
Rigging: Pegged Texas rig
Rod/Action: 7' MH or H Bait-casting
Line Test: 14-20 lb./20-30 lb.
Retrieve: Short hops, flip in brush
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French Fry

French Fry

Description: Small worm, blunt at both ends
Sizes: 4"
Application: Bass in clear, open water
Rigging: Carolina rig
Rod/Action: 6Ã'½' M Bait-casting
Line Test: 6-8 lb.
Retrieve: Drag points
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Centipede

Centipede

Description: Flat, lots of legs, small twist tail
Sizes: 4"
Application: Bass on beds
Rigging: Texas rig
Rod/Action: 6' MH Spinning
Line Test: 8-10 lb.
Retrieve: Short hops
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Soft Jerkbait

Soft Jerkbait

Description: Chunky, tapered
Sizes: 4" to 10"
Application: Suspending bass
Rigging: Texposed hook, little or no weight
Rod/Action: 6Ã'½' M Bait-casting
Line Test: 10-14 lb.
Retrieve: Twitch/pause
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Swim Bait

Swim Bait

Description: Fish-like, blunt tail
Sizes: 6" to 8"
Application: Big bass, pike, muskies
Rigging: Pre-rigged with molded-in weight
Rod/Action: 7' H Bait-casting
Line Test: 14-30 lb.
Retrieve: Swim or twitch
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Swim Bait

Swim Bait

Description: Fish-like, blunt tail
Sizes: 6" to 8"
Application: Big bass, pike, muskies
Rigging: Pre-rigged with molded-in weight
Rod/Action: 7' H Bait-casting
Line Test: 14-30 lb.
Retrieve: Swim or twitch
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