Plastics are taking over the (bass fishing) world
I am not one for putting down any certain baits or techniques, but I have been known to be a bit biased on occasion. For example, my crankbaits are one of my favorites to throw, but nothing takes more skill and practice than throwing soft plastics.
Plastics have taken over the fishing market. They have baits that look natural to those that look like something you would find in a science fiction movie. The looks of some of these baits often seem to catch the attention of the angler more than the fish.
You can get your plastics with salt, scented, unscented, and even painted to match scales and eyes of baitfish. There is no telling where the world of plastic baits will lead, but as long as there are anglers looking for the newest and hottest bait, there will be someone dreaming it up.
Plastics are an extremely versatile type of bait that have their place in just about every fishing situation. Whether you are chasing panfish on small jigs with plastic tails or casting for hours to entice the elusive musky to bite your bulldog, you are able to use plastics for all.
Over the past few years I have even worked my way into drifting plastics for winter steelhead. Pink plastic worms or red spike tails can make the wariest of steelhead come out of their wintering holes for a quick snack.
The fact that I started off by talking about that it takes more skill and practice to fish these baits should have gotten a few anglers feathers ruffled. I am sure that there will be many out there that will disagree with me, but too bad. Anybody with a rod and a safety pin spinnerbait can catch a fish, but not everyone has the finesse it takes to work a plastic bait to entice a fish.
Oh boy, there I go again!
Let’s keep the hate mail to a minimum, but do take a moment to think about the last time you were using plastics. There has been, on more than one occasion, that I have been in the boat throwing the exact same bait as my buddy with almost the exact same components and my catch ratio is over double his. Sure, the opposite has been true as well.