Best Soft Plastics on a Weightless Rig

Wacky worms are also referred to as stick worms, pencil worms or straight worms.  There are some straight worms that are made for finesse fishing with a drop shot rig, but this page is for wacky worms that were made for fishing wacky style.  The “Senko” got it all started and now most of the major soft plastic bait manufacturers have their version of a senko.  These worms will catch more than bass, but most anglers only use them specifically for largemouth and smallmouth bass.  This is one of the best worms ever made for fishing weightless.

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Best Wacky Worms

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

Curly tail worms are very popular for catching a variety of freshwater fish such as largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye, northern pike, muskie and others.  These worms work so well on many different rigs (texas rig, carolina rig, shaky head jig, jighead, drop shot rig, florida rig, weightless rig, split shot rig).  Curly tail worms are effective shallow, deep, around cover and in open water.

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Best Curly-Tail Worms

Paddle Tail Worms are very popular soft plastic worms.
Largemouth bass and smallmouth bass are usually the targeted species for most anglers, but you can catch other fish on paddle tail worms as well such as walleye, northern pike, salmon, trout and even muskie.

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Best Paddle Tail Worms

creature-baitsCreature baits come in a variety of types and sizes. With so many creature baits on the market, it’s almost impossible for the average angler to try out all of the different types of baits.  Most of the creature baits are more effective for largemouth bass than any other species of fish, but smallmouth bass, spotted bass, northern pike and even muskie are caught on creature baits.

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Best Creature Baits

Plastic lizards have become a very popular soft-plastic bait.  They are a little bulkier and heavier than most plastic worms, which makes them perfect for fishing weightless in the shallows.  Lizards are a great spring-time bait, however, you can catch bass on lizards from spring through fall.  They are one of the best baits for targeting largemouth bass.

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Best Soft Plastic Lizards

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