Soft plastic leeches will definitely work for smallmouth bass. The key to using soft plastic leeches is to give them some lifelike action. You can use a variety of rigs, but the drop shot rig, shaky head jig, weightless rig and a regular jighead tend to work best with most soft plastic leeches.

Best Rigs for Soft Plastic Leeches

Drop Shot Rig

The drop shot rig is the best rig for giving a soft plastic leech the most action.  You can fish it shallow or deep and have a lot of success with this rig.


A simple jighead is how most people rig a soft plastic leech.  If you are hopping it along the bottom or vertically jigging it for suspended fish, you have a good chance to catch some largemouth bass.  Just make sure to give it plenty of action.

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