The soft plastic fishing lures for bass remains a popular way to catch bass. This sounds like a lot fun finding out. I can’t wait to find out other ways to fish for Bass.
The Texas Rig
- This is one of the easiest soft plastic lure. It protects the hook point inside of the plastic so it can be used through cover without snagging. This rig allows us to get into hard to reach places like grass, lay down trees, standing trees, bushes and rock for casting.
Rigging the Texas Rig
- We put a bullet weight on the line and tie up the line to the hook. Now for thick cover we can use a heavyweight. For open water we use a lighter weight. So we can feel what the soft plastic lure is doing on the bottom. Also, it helps it to go over cover. There is a peg we can attach to pin the weight to the soft plastic lure, but not for casting.
- We pierce the soft plastic lure in the center of the head onto the hook. Now feed the hook through the soft plastic lure and back out of it after an 1/4 in. Then push the soft plastic lure on the hook and over the bend of the hook. Now twist the soft plastic lure around, up over to the end of the eyelet of the hook. Arrange the hook on the eyelet so it lines up and straight out from the eyelet.
- With the soft plastic lure straight, look where the tip of the hook is to the soft plastic lure. Place the tip of the hook into the soft plastic lure just were the tip of the hook is about to pierce out the other side of the soft plastic lure. Now our soft plastic lure should be straight from the eyelet to the tip of the hook.
- We need to look to see if there is enough gap between the soft plastic lure and the shank of the hook. If the soft plastic lure is to thick, we may need to change our hook. The wide gap is for piercing space and room for the soft plastic lure to clear the hook point.
The Carolina Rig
Rigging the Carolina Rig
- The Carolina rig is similar to the Texas Rig with the hook tip inside the soft plastic lure. Now the weight is set apart from the soft plastic lure with a leader and a swivel and a bead to protect the knot. It gives the soft plastic lure more freedom of moving when dragged through the bottom of large areas.
- The Carolina rig is an effective rig for soft plastic fishing lures for bass. This rig covers a large area of water quickly with it being a soft plastic fishing lure.
- Keep in mind if rigging a larger soft plastic lure, we want to use a larger hook for a wide gap from the shank of the hook to the soft plastic lure.
- We now tie our hook to a leader of line. Just for the sake of a rule of thumb, we will put the leader 1 ft to 2 ft. Keep in mind a fish can move the soft plastic lure and with our weight sitting on the bottom creating slack.
- After we tie our hook to the leader, we slide the weight up the line, then tie it to a swivel. Now we attach the leader to the other end of the swivel.
- There is those that will tie a bead to cover the knot from the weight. Keep in mind, some beads can cut the line. We can change our weights and leader lengths to give the soft plastic lures a different action.
The Drop Shot Rig
Rigging The Drop Shot Rig
- The Drop Shot rig seems to be the most used for pressured bass. The clear water bass find them to be appealing. Here we have the weight at the bottom and it’s hook up the line where the soft plastic lure is off the bottom. It’s fished vertically or in targeted deep waters.
- The Drop Shot now has hooks with swivels which seems to work quite well nowadays. We tie a hook with a 13 to 17 in tag end and this will make the soft plastic lure stand out.
- Now for the weight. We can go with the bell weight or the Drop Shot weight with a clip. Be sure to tie a knot on the end of the line.
- Now for the worm. When we put our worm on, we can go under the chin to and out the nose. We also have the option to go with the Texas rig style.
- Here we have options again with our leaders and weights. We can change the lengths of the leader, from the soft plastic lures, to the weights. Also, we can use different sizes of our weights too. We can go with 4-6 in soft plastic fishing lures for bass, as well as our hooks from No. 6 to No.1.
The Wacky Rig
- The Wacky Rig presents a lifelike fall and a twitching motion that works in shallow and deep water.
Rigging The Wacky Rig
- We can wet the o-ring or the soft plastic lure we want to put the o-ring on. They say the Wacky rigging tools works well. We want to place the o-ring close to the middle of the soft plastic lure.
- Now we want to place our hook under the o-ring snug. We want it to stay in place as we fish our target spots.
The Neko Rig
- Like the Wacky Rig, the Neko Rig uses a hook under the o-ring. What makes this different is the weight placed inside of the head. It gives a stand up and looks like it’s feeding on the bottom. It also can catch pressed bass.
Rigging the Neko Rig
- Here we can wet the o-ring or the soft plastic lure we want to put the o-ring on. Here again, we want to place the o-ring close to the middle of the soft plastic lure. Now we place our hook under the o-ring.
- Now we place a nail or a nail weight in the head of the soft plastic lure facing down, away from the hook point. This is important or we won’t hook the fish. We now have a soft plastic lure that’s stands up on the head when we twitch our pole.
This Has Been Fun
- This has been fun learning about some soft plastic lures. I’m excited to just go out fishing in this winter, now that I’m learning
I can fish in the winter! How about you?!? I can tell you one thing, I’ve been using soft plastic fishing lures for bass all this time when I thought they were jigs. LOL. I have enjoyed learning more ways to fish for Bass. I hope you enjoy the post. Feel free to leave a comment.