Using Soft Plastics

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Using Soft Plastics

Lure fishing involves the use of artificial baits to attract and catch fish and can one of the most versatile and effective fishing techniques. Lures come in many different shapes, sizes and colours and can be categorised into the following;

  • Soft plastics
  • Hard body
  • Flies
  • Metal Lures
  • Squid Jigs

Artificial bait fishing started in the 1940’s, becoming more popular as the materials, styles and features of the soft plastics have evolved to provide a more realistic look and feel. With endless rigging options these lures can be used in a variety of depths and with different weights to target a host of different fish species in all environments. Their versatility coupled with the affordability and availability factor makes soft plastics a popular choice when fishing and a great addition to the tackle, box.

When first starting out with soft plastic here are some helpful tips:

  • Start with a 2-4kg or 3-6kg fishing rod with a 2000-3000 size reel
  • Braided line is preferred as it is low stretch, casts further and has less drag in the water
  • Fluorocarbon leader is also preferred as it is virtually invisible and abrasion resistant
  • Choose soft plastics that best match the environment and fish species you are targeting and store in a cool dry place.
  • Before casting identify where the fish may be located
  • Cast up ahead of where you’re fishing and let your lure sink to the bottom or where you wish to target the fish.
  • ‘Hop’ or ‘jig’ the rod as you wind in keeping the lure inline with the rod tip and repeat process to cover as much ground as possible.