â€śSoft bait luresâ€ť are any type of soft plastic creation. The â€śbaitâ€ť term often causes confusion because it is not actually bait such as minnows, nightcrawlers, dough bait, etc. but it still is frequently used by tournament anglers to mean â€ślure,â€ť thus making â€śbait luresâ€ť redundant. However, for the purposes of this blog, weâ€™ll go ahead and refer to soft plastics here as â€śsoft bait lures.â€ť
There are so many different sizes, shapes, and colors of these fishing lures that the selection online or in store aisles can seem overwhelming. One way to narrow down your choice is to consider your primary target species. Another way to select the best soft bait lures is to think about where in the water column the lure will be most effective.
Top. One of anglersâ€™ favorite types of fishing lures is topwater. Here, in addition to feeling the bite, there is an added rush from getting to see it. Soft bait lures for working the water surface often resemble frogs, but there also are floating worms and lizard forms. Even if these soft bait lures donâ€™t float, if you reel in quickly with rod tip held high, it makes it skitter across the surface.
Mid. These soft plastics are designed to look like they are swimming. Paddle tail lures make the back of the lure wiggle back and forth in a panicked baitfish manner. Other forms achieve affective motion for reeling mid water depths such as curly tails, segmented, or with appendages.
Bottom. Perhaps the best soft bait lures for anglers are the old rubber worms. Cast and let sink to the bottom and then slowly lift a few inches and drop or, with enough weight, just reel or drag slowly to make this soft plastic form â€ścrawlâ€ť across the bottom. Once the water warms during late spring, this lure is a bass favorite in almost all bodies of water and all conditions.
Finally, small soft bait lures are kind of like hot sauce: they go well with everything. After you have purchased your new fishing license, tip your favorite spoon, spinner bait, or chatter bait with a small grub tail for a more tantalizing presentation. In highly pressured areas, experiment and try to show the fish something they havenâ€™t seen.