OL Guide To Fishing Soft Plastics

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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

Confused by the variety of soft plastic baits offered these days? Don’t be. From swimbait tips to finesse worm tricks, we’ve got the scoop on how to catch more bass this spring.