Tools Of The Trade – Soft Plastic Baits

Nick Creme is to fishing what Alexander Graham Bell is to talking—they may not have invented it but they sure made it better. In 1949, Nick cooked up the perfect combination of vinyl, oil, and pigments to create a moulded worm that looked and felt like the real thing and stayed that way over time. The evolution of that worm over the past 65 years has made it one of the most important innovations in the history of fishing tackle. And the revolution isn’t over yet.

That original creme worm was the catalyst for the soft plastic baits that are such an integral part of the fish catching formula today. Grubs, tubes, frogs, lizards, crayfish, baitfish, leeches and, of course, the ever-popular worm—which, of course, come in thousands of styles, sizes, and colours—all own their existence to Nick Creme.

Here are some of the reasons why today’s plastic baits are so successful:

  • They’re incredibly soft so they feel real in a fish’s mouth which means they’ll hang onto them a little longer, giving the angler more time to set the hook.
  • They can be rigged to be completely weedless.
  • Their natural movement in the water is enticing to fish.
  • They can be fished in countless different ways to suit whatever the presentation calls for.
  • Most are scent impregnated which further enhances their ability to attract fish.
  • Soft plastic baits have essentially become the ‘go-to’ baits for virtually any species, under any water condition, and for any kind of structure or cover.

Nick Creme would be proud!

One Reply to “Tools Of The Trade – Soft Plastic Baits”

  1. Leaping Lizards! The Creme de Creme of Annelids!

    Soft plastics are a favorite of Large Mouth anglers, nationwide. Not only do they look and feel like real food, they can be rigged Texas-style. so they can be fished in dense cover.

    When fishing soft plastics on a clear bottom, many anglers prefer to use a Carolina Rig. With the slip sinker well up the line, the lure sinks more slowly and has a more enticing action than a Texas-rigged bait. Some anglers use sinkers weighing up to one ounce., enabling them to make long casts and cover more water.

    Another popular option for fishing on a clean bottom or in sparse weeds bis rigging the lure on a light jig head. Soft plastics are normally fished quite slowly, so they work best when you have a pretty good idea of where the fish are located. They are not a good choice when exploring new water.

    Because they are retrieved so slowly, soft plastics are effective in cold water or at other times when fish are lethargic and unwilling to chase fast-moving baits. You can retrieve soft plastic with a slow , steady crawl, hop it along the bottom with a jigging motion or ever reel it rapidly on or just beneath the surface. The only way to determine what retrieve works best is ti experiment. When fish a finicky, it may take a super-slow presentation with a light spinning outfit and a small bait to draw a strike. (My wife and I can attest to that little pain-staking articulate). Try rigging a 3 or 4 inch on a plain hook with only a split shot for weight and then inching the rig along the bottom.

    Always watch the line and rod tip closely. If you see a twitch, feel a tick, notice the line moving off to the side or detect anything out of the ordinary, point the rod tip at the bait and reel up the slack until start to feel the weight of the fish. Then set the hook with a strong upward sweep of the rod. Fish will usually hold on to a soft plastic bait for several seconds before it lets go. Some anglers prefer to hesitate for a few seconds before setting the hook, others say you should set it right away. (I prefer to wait a second or two)

    Anyway you look at it, soft plastics are a great way to “raise a stink”!

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