Best Soft Plastics on a Jighead

soft plastic crayfishCrayfish baits are one of the best baits for targeting quality largemouth bass and smallmouth bass.  These baits come in many different shapes and sizes.  Some of the smaller baits may work better on a trailer for largemouth bass, but they may be perfect by themselves for smallmouth bass.  Some of the larger crayfish baits tend to work much better for quality largemouth bass.

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Best Soft Plastic Crayfish / Crawfish

Swimbaits work exceptionally well for a variety of game fish.  Most swimbaits are too large for panfish, but they can be extremely effective for catching big fish.  These baits have a side to side wobbling action as well as some action from their tail. The soft plastic swimbaits work excellent on swimbait hooks, shaky head jigs and even just a regular jighead.  Some soft plastic swimbaits come pre-rigged and they are ready to fish right out of the package.  There are also many manufacturers that make hard swimbaits that work great as well.

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Best Hard Swimbaits   |   Best Soft Plastic Swimbaits

Grubs have a shorter body than a curly tailed worm, but they do feature a curly tail that works great for jigging, hopping or just swimming slowly.  Curly tail grubs are one of the most popular soft plastic baits for a variety of different fish.

 

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Twin tail grubs have a shorter body like other grubs, but they have 2 tails instead of one. This gives the grub extra action which looks good on a variety of rigs fished many different ways.  Hop it along the bottom, vertical jig with it or swim it through the water column and you can catch a variety of fish from small panfish to huge northern pike and pretty much everything in between.

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Best Twin Tail Grubs

spider jigsSkirted twin tail grubs, also known as spider jigs, are very popular among bass anglers.  The skirt makes it appear more like a bass jig and the action on these baits can be very good.  Largemouth bass and smallmouth bass love these baits.

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Best Twin Tail Grubs

zoom finesse wormFinesse worms are smaller and usually skinnier than other plastic worms.  Most anglers think of smallmouth bass fishing when they think of finesse worms, but you can also catch largemouth bass, trout and other species of fish on finesse worms.

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Best Finesse Worms

Swimming worms are gaining in popularity with the Swimming Senko leading the charge. There are a variety of swimming worms emerging on the market, but you can easily swim any curly tail worm as well.  The swimming worms with a paddle on them work great for many different species of fish.  Anglers catch many different species of bass, northern pike, salmon, trout and even muskie.

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Best Swimming Worms

Plastic leeches work great for a variety of different fish. Most anglers use soft plastic leeches to target bass, but you can also catch walleye, northern pikerock bassbluegill and more.   You can rig these on regular jigheads, a drop shot rig, carolina rig and many other fishing rigs.

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Best Soft Plastic Leeches

There are many different soft plastic minnows on the market.  You can use regular minnows that are best used for jigging and drop-shotting or jerkbaits that are made for a twitch and pause retrieve that imitates a wounded bait fish.  Most soft plastic jerkbaits work well in shallow water with no weight or a very light weight. The slow fall after the jerk is what usually gets the fish to strike the bait.  Soft plastic minnows and jerkbaits are primarily made for bass, but you can catch other fish such as northern pike, muskie, crappie, perch, salmon and trout.

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Best Soft Plastic Minnows

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Best Soft Plastic Jerkbaits

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