Part 1 of 3
- Not Your Ordinary Soft Plastic Bait (Made in the USA)
- How to Choose, What to Choose, How to Rig, How to Fish
- Simple Hooks & Simple Jigs CATCH FISH
- Tackle Warehouse has Sale Prices
By Forrest Fisher
No matter where you live, north or south, everybody wants a “Hot Lure”. If you fish, you never stop searching.
Walk into any bait shop or major tackle store today and you’ll see what no one else ever thought about a few decades ago. Soft plastics. There are hundreds of options for soft plastic lure baits and there is an endless assortment of colors, too.
There is also an endless assortment of soft plastic baits that cost quite a lot – this keeps kids from fishing (my view). Kids lose a few lures and they’re off to play football or soccer. They can’t afford it. Enter modern technology and Big Bait Lures.
The state of the art in manufacturing process control has allowed Big Bite Baits to produce their soft plastic lures to sell at a very reasonable and affordable price to fit the pocketbook that even kids can afford.
Big Bite Baits produces soft plastics that are soft, firm, short, long, heavy, light, stiff – or not. Some are smell fishy and they come in an assortment of affordable forms:
- Creature bait
- Worm bait
- Craw bait
- Jerk bait
- Shimmering tail baits
- Grubs, Jig Baits and more
With all the choices, there is a lot to think about. Why? Well, we all need a standard bait and go-to bait, and it needs to be in the right size and right color for the place we are fishing. Fishing right is a lot about lure selection.
For best selection, we need to pick the one way we most like to fish plastic baits, because there are a lot of ways. Depending on the soft plastic bait type selected, there are lots of options. You can thread the bait onto a jighead, rig it on a weighted or unweighted hook, depending on if we want it to sink fast, sink slow, or if we want to cast it short or far. Is it windy? Is it deep? Are there snags or is it a sandy or gravel bottom? Tree limbs? All these things count in what we pick to use.
Whatever type soft plastic you choose, it should be selected because it will fit the fishing style you like to fish with. It will be effective where you like to fish for when you fish and it will provide some capability to remain snag free. And, it fits your budget (why I like Big Bite Baits).
Let’s take one example. I went looking on-line for a new sort of plastic worm just to show the fish where I frequently cast a line that there is something different. I skipped over to Tackle Warehouse (http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/) and there they were, something I had never seen before: Squirrel–Tail Worms for under $3 for a package of 10. That took care of my pocketbook budget.
These worms caught me with just one look.
Designed by Elite Series Pro, Jeff Kriet, the Big Bite Bait Squirrel Tail Worm first debuted on the television show “Day-On-The-Lake”. Kriet says, “The Squirrel Tail Worm features a fat head for easy rigging and a buoyant rattlesnake tail, offering tantalizing tail action. I wanted a worm that had a tail that stands up. The tail is made to float, just the tail-end of the worm. When I shake it and pull it, whenever I hit a rock, twig or trash, that is when I’ll throw slack in my line and try to shake it without moving it. The floating tail has a subtle, tantalizing quiver that fish can’t resist. They will bite this bait when they won’t bite anything else. I think this will be the best shaky head bait ever made.”
Then I clicked over to Terminal Tackle (http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/termtack.html) and there they were, hook options: worm hooks, drop-shot hooks, swim bait hooks, slip weights and jigheads of many shapes and functions. I was looking for a stand-up head jig hook (sort of like a Shakey Head) that would work with these new worms. There they were, a 4-pack for under $3. Their official name is Big Bite Bait Stand-Up FinTwist Heads.
A short review right on their web page showed these affordable jigheads come equipped with super-sharp Gamakatsu hooks, the specially shaped head helps them stand up on the bottom and dance with the slightest twitch of the rod. The convenient screw-lock bait keeper also allows you to rig a finesse worm (like the new squirrel tail worm) perfectly every time, and a horizontal line eye helps resists snags. They are available in multiple sizes, but the 1/8 ounce size allows you to deliver killer finesse presentations. The Gamakatsu hooks will deliver solid hooksets, most anglers know that.
Cast it out, doesn’t have to be far. Let it go to bottom, wait 5-10 seconds. Lift up slightly on your rod tip and lightly jiggle it for 1-2 seconds or so. Wait, watch the line. Is it moving off? If so, set the hook, if nothing, not a problem, we’re fishing. Move the rod to achieve a tip-jiggle action and reel in about 2-3 feet as you jiggle. Right before you stop, hop the bait with a 1-2 foot rod tip swing. Let it settle to bottom and give it complete slack line. Watch the line. The tail is now floating vertically upward as result of your last movement. It’s quivering. Usually, by now, the line moves off if a fish is interested. WHAM! Set the hook. If not, continue until you reach your feet, sometimes they are right at your feet as you fish from shore or boat.
There you have it. Where to get started, where to get the affordable baits and hooks, how to rig it and now you need to do the rest. Get out there!