Fishing Lures, Soft (Silicon) baits
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Lures, Soft(Silicon) baits
, Soft baits
Most often silicone-lures "soft baits" an imitation fish / shad /, artificial worm with a tail / twister / or various combinations of both. Silicon allows bait to be kept at different depths, depending on the weight of the lead chapter, we combine it. Most often the bait is kept on the very bottom or very close to him. In other modern versions use a relatively large fish, combined with an appropriate hook and a light head. This is an effective method for fishing for pike in confined and shallow waters.
This makes the baits allow different combinations and variations that often prove the most effective solution for fishing trips. Another point is that silicon and bait the hook with lead chapter are also the cheapest consumable.
silicon(SOFT) fishing baits
& Lucioperca (cattura lucioperca) fishing
In Europe and America for a long time fishermen have found success, which bears fishing lucioperca lures with silicone.
Already in the first spring months, white fish emerge from the deep places and moving to more shallow areas of reservoirs. These are the places to a depth about 4 meters where water is relatively warm, males start looking for places to dump female spawns.
This is finalizing its role. The male is the one who keeps the egg to the hatching of small fish. This process is long and takes about a month. During these periods males are very aggressive in seeking and defending the selected territory often end up fighting each other. For this reason, the fish often seen tears in the fins or wounds on their bodies. Periods of fighting males is particularly beneficial for the fishermen, as an attempt to protect the eggs. Thus they become easy prey and are caught by fishermen who were shrewd enough and found their location. If the male is captured, it means that the entire nest is doomed to perish. The presence of males is required to hatch the small fish. Therefore, it is nice most of the captured males to be placed back into the water to complete their mission.
Here comes the role of silicone baits- soft baits. White fish attack them because they see them as a threat to caviar. When fishing with lures silicone has some features that are often overlooked by fishermen. At this time of year silicone must be kept very small and slow motion at each of the top picks to the fiber. At bottom, the lead head makes the fish look like they eat from egg. This automatically makes the white fish to attack. Because it is not intended to be fed, but only to injure an intruder, often receive blank strikes. To avoid this you can apply a few small tricks. You may attach additional three (No. 4), it will increase by several times the efficiency of protruding from the back of the silicone hook. For the plumbing of bait you can put in the queue and Styrofoam ball which will lift it. So angry and fast attacking whitefish much more easily swallowed the entire hook.
There are a variety of both form and color of the silicone. Take advantage of this during the spring months when water is turbid, choose silicone lures in bright colors and easily visible. Back crocheted fiber no matter what color. It indicates the tip of the rod movement of the bait, so you can easily detect any fish. However, detection is perhaps the most important moment. I miss him with the simplest possible catch. As it fished in shallow, swivel attached to a lead head shall not exceed 10 grams. You can choose between standard and widely used round head or triangular heads that mimic the shape of fish. Do not save money by buying cheap fish or soft baits. Choose from such famous and known for its quality brands. They are made of quality silicone and bait mimics natural motion even in the slightest hitch. Choose and bet on bait bigger because they more easily noticed by the white fish. Moreover, the larger size also means a greater threat and white fish attack without hesitation. These are just some tips and tactics for hunting with silicone baits. From countries that fish may seem relatively easy, but success only comes with practice and better absorption of keeping the bait.
Soft silicon baits themselves are very caught. But with the help of certain methods they can be simply irresistible.
Expert fishing pike Bert Rouzmayer share with you their little tricks by which improved Large Silicone baits.
Silicone baits that are unusual caught today knows every fisherman. If the effectiveness of these baits in the coming years even more rose, I shall never be surprised. Silicone baits can be used almost anywhere and they fished almost every predatory fish , pike, Lucioperca. Even fans of fishing plummet almost ceased to use other baits than silicone. Some fishermen fear that in fish can occur even if the process of habituation and learning. So they look for alternatives to silicon.
Soft/ silicon baits designed to match the various model's specific specie use, colors and forms that the fish is impossible to study them, and fishermen used every time a new model with ease. Admittedly, not all models are good. Some of them really seem attractive, but when I try to practice often disappoint.
There are many sizes and colors with Single and treble hooks.
Recently I saw a fish silicone twin hooks, which in turn came from the back of the fish. What he meant by that? If pike attack bait from below, which happens often, and beneath it there is not a hook, the probability of detecting a blank is very high. But even under attack bait to fall into the mouth of the pike because of the location and the fact that single hooks, the chances for it to detect an emergency, will be small. What force is necessary to enable both hooks to penetrate the solid maw of the predator? Perhaps one of the leading hook will hang, but the other can then become a reason for her uncoupled If you have already bought a similar lure, you are left with only one thing: remove one of the two hooks and then will certainly catch more fish.
Treble hooks, Baits
advantages and disadvantages
It is more appropriate silicone big lure is fitted with an additional three, mounted in front of the bait. This definitely has both its advantages and disadvantages. When the bait is kept in touch with the bottom of the danger arises that the trio can be attached for some fun and just hang on it. This danger is especially great if you hunt with incomplete mental alertness and feel without contact with the bait. Trible is associated with Jigme-head by a piece of lead. There are two ways of joining
The first option is the quick and simple. The reason is attached to the ear of Jigme head-strung and ready troika. But this method is associated with a risk - when pecking or tease the bottom slightly pop trio from the body of the bait and hangs below it. Moreover, there is a real danger to catch something, while in the pecking will be completely useless. That is why I personally using bait needle thread occasions through the body of the bait. The occasion and the troika in the case hold fast, and bait is very well balanced. For more reliable attachment to a dead end of glue seconds occasions before Thread through the body of the bait.
Now let a more detailed look Jigme-head. Its importance is much greater than I think some fishermen. This is not just a burden that inspires and bait off the bottom. Jigme form of head-sets how quickly it will fail and raises underwater. Many anglers believe that silicone baits should be immersed as quickly as possible. This is wrong and who thinks so deprive himself of many opportunities. Take Jigme round-head with a weight of 30, with its lure as stone goes to the bottom. Baits Jigme flat-head with the same mass collapse. But they will not only fail is not as fast but of course much more quickly be lifted to the surface. With its wide and flat-head does Jigme silicone baits very well be made near the surface. No longer remember how different forms of Jigme-heads I've tried, but now I use most often three. Jigme Round-heads, first choose where to hunt trolling large silicone lures.
Jigme Flat-heads are designed to fish shallow water. Even if you have a great weight, they may well be taken in shallow areas, while there is no need to lead very quickly bait. Resembling a slightly curved beak sovya Jigme-heads can successfully lead over algae without risk of snagging. In heavily overgrown ponds is appropriate to give the additional three, which would only collected grass. But in this case hook Jigme-head should have a chance in a long handle. On the contrary - when fishing with an additional three it must be with a short stem, so that the soft bait to play better.
for Spinning And Trolling Fishing
Silicone/soft for both trolling and the spinning. Very large, weighing about 100 g, baits are suitable only for trolling. It is almost impossible to accurately zametnat and they often caught lifeless and hung on twine and fishing and long arms very tired from the haul of a mass. When trolling I just drag the bait after the boat and lead her as soon as more active. With the stick you have in hand, lift the bait, and then again enable it to dip from time to time change the speed record. If both hunt and a second rod, seated on the stand, as a rule it is definitely a big fish that are holding in your hand. Before the cast of Silicon soft bait find edges or other imperfections on the bottom of the pond. These places oblavyam boat, making casts from the deep to shallow. Screen sonar track depth under the boat and ditching of the bait can, for example, to suggest what is the depth at the point of casting. If courage to haul depth, then I could never know exactly how deep there. Incidentally, the keeping of bait from deep to shallow place bait less frequently attaches to the movement over the edges down, not up. If the hauling bait in deep water, it falls on the open space and to catch fish in this situation is complicated enough. And now accountable for keeping from shallow to deep chances of picking a significant increase.
Soft Silicone Lures (Baits)
What Color Lure To Use to catch more fish
Besides variety of colors that are on display fishing lures stores with silicone, envy even a male peacock with its bright dissolved tail. And so far in pioneering days, when glass beads and cheap mirror easily exchanged for gold nuggets box lures any spinning certainly would be worth fortune.
Different colors of silicone Baits
Two fishing lures in the same pond. One praises, for example, yellow with a black back, and other - white with blue top. And they have a heated argument that almost before the fight do not get it. But that's what! some sellers fishing products claim that "Gum" with painted eyes and scales on the order of catchability, than its counterpart, but without body art. And because many anglers, especially beginning to believe in it, and bought up all the colors and shades of silicone baits. Already having some twenty or thirty options and colors vibratingov twisters, they believe that among the precisely this diversity will Catchability fish color. And fanatically rinse of water, replacing color after a certain number of throws. But the bites are no, no ... Why? That appeared another angler who has a backpack is something seriously tossing.
Here it is, catchability color! And the newcomer is an artificial fish catches in the same color as his more experienced and successful counterparts. But by chance met fisherman had not yet hide behind the nearest bush. How to fund their catch even a couple of "tails", and newcomer of the day never saw the bite. But why? He's caught in the same color as the one angler, who periodically afflicted his backpack next caught fish? Perhaps, the lucky fisherman tricked the novice and showed him not the "catchability" color? No, it is we deceive ourselves, thinking, "catchability" of color. Buying all the colors of "rubber", the rookie made little attention to a jig-heads. What to look at them - the usual gray lead, give away those heavier than that would continue flying. And the weight of the bait - this is base jig fishing. That is the weight of the bait and speed depends on the wiring Fishing success, and not on what color she painted. And it is absolutely ridiculous looking statements that pike fish are biting Better than usual. Maybe amongst the pike, and there are the aesthetes and connoisseurs of art that will be important image on a piece of silicon fin, but the predators who are interested in only the movement of potential prey, much more. And make a pike shot with gaping jaws or cautiously moved away from your bait - depends primarily on Animation silicone fish, rather than from its colors.
But then there is a reasonable question: why did not subside debate about catchability color, where are the stories of the fairy nibble on one or a different color? Unfortunately, or rather fortunately, Fishing is not mathematics, there are no exact formulas and theorems. For what- would get some or more - less accurate data, require more than one ten, but rather, not one hundred fishings in most similar circumstances and circumstances, with their meticulously Noah fixation and subsequent processing of the received ing information. But even in this If the result is only rough, with high probability. You know the situation when a fisherman catches on two rods, effectiveness of 10:1 in favor of one of them, and tomorrow is repeated with exactly the opposite, although the gear did not make any changes? And everybody knows the expression "beginners luck" As when a notorious "teapot" of lavlivaet honored and all respected "pro"? Reasonable explanation of such cases I have not yet met. But what is not a reason to create the legend of catchability, for example, green for Cotonou's no secret that the pike There are certain hours of high activity. At different water bodies it happens at different times, and this activity has a different duration, but sooner or later the hour-X, when the predator fish , as if by an unknown team, catches almost everything moves. It takes ten minutes or so, and Jordan short so suddenly stops, as if it was not.
So imagine our otrybachil novice all day, changing the bait for bait, and saw no bite, and finally hung up the fishing Last, the forties, for example, white fish. And it just so happened that at this time came the hour «X». Beginner, not caught for the whole day not a single fish catches for twenty minutes, three pike! as you think about what he will tell returning from fishing? That's right, in excited tones, he will praise white, regretting that did not start catching it from him. This is another version of the appearance of "Catchability" of color.
You caught a long one lure, but once put bait another color, on the very first posting was followed by bite. But who you said that if you have spent in this place at that moment the old bait colors, then it would follow not bites? It was enough to make wiring a little apart from previous to her pike attacked. We are sure that performed the bait exactly on the previous trajectory? Almost all the anglers, fishing from the ice, know the expression "shake well". Sometimes the angler makes more than a dozen postings mormyshkas, but there is no hint of a bite, and then start biting to each posting. Fish under the recess worth, but for some reason is not active, it needs to "get angry". So could be with pike, a color change only coincided with the last drop of patience pike. Now, remember that you're starting to catch? As at the bait, which already feel catchability. And in what changing it? As a rule, only when it is absolutely do not bite. Therefore, if predator bite, then catch you only your favorite (No good deed goes looking), but if for some reason , you hit the "not cool "day, giving a chance to shine themselves and other colors of baits. But result in this case is almost predictable, right? So, let's count: one fishing trip you Jordan got on and caught a ten pike (Catch, of course, only on its favorite "catchability" color), two fishing were replaced by pressure or some other cataclysm, and you do not tried to change the colors of lures have not gone to zero. As a result, three fishing you catch a dozen fish, and all at your favorite fish "color! Why not a regular proof of its catchability, not Is it true? That is because of such errors and coincidences do not subside disputes catchability of colors "rubber". No, I not saying that color bait means absolutely nothing, just a much more compelling factors affecting the nibble.
King Fisher Lures
and Silicone Baits
Bait this company long known Pavlodar anglers. Offset hooks and bait were tested silicone experts. Turntables and kolebalki «KING-FISHER» received excellent feedback not only spinnings, Especially good for perch have worked so-called "fly-spinner", and on river spaces - A relatively new Tail-spinners. Spinnerbeyty KING-FISHER, available since 2010. Thus, the angler can now begin the selection needed for fishing lures in the summer. We hope that the information will help you make the process more fun fishing.
Silicone baits brand "King-Fisher" - soft, elastic, even at very low temperatures are made using modern high-tech materials RUS (Japan) or TPR (USA) resistant to ultraviolet light. do not respond and are not destroyed by contact with a special plastic fishing boxes. Due to the structure, bait brand "King-Fisher" have a bright confident the game at any pace and methods wiring, regardless of whether a novice angler or a professional.
Damiki - Twisters,
Features- we will go about catching bass, as this Fish is the main extraction fans diverting leash. As for the pike or pikeperch, it is often them more efficient catch the classic jigs, not pedestrian equipment. Size. In my opinion, the best Twister size for diverting a leash - About two inches. Some manage to catch on mikrotvistery length of about an inch, but in amateur fishing lures such not widely received. Yes, on the micro lures biting, sometimes very good, but the size of prey often leaves much to be desired. Although at competitions, where every gram catch weight in gold, such a choice, possible and justified.
On the other hand, AND USE baits longer than three inches it hardly makes sense. Perch are biting on them too gladly, also need heavy weights, or accessories will be confused when casting. But in general experiment with the size of Twister is very helpful. Sometimes an increase or decrease the length of bait a few millimeters markedly improves the bite of perch. It must be borne in mind that a single system size designation There is no bait, and "Two-inch" twisters different manufacturers may be different length. Color - The question of the effect of color on the lure biting one of the most ambiguous. Many experienced spinning argue that the color of the bait fish do not pay attention, other, less experienced - that sometimes even a small difference Twister in color can make a difference. The truth, as always somewhere in between. In order to set baits can be considered universal, rather twister in three colors: light (White, yellow, fluorescent white) and dark (green, brown, etc.) and acidic (chartreuse, etc.). With this collection of almost any situation can at least move away from zero, and usually a good catch. In muddy water and when fishing for large depth of, well, a bait of dark colors, perhaps the most versatile and almost always work, especially in areas with clear water and light (for example, sandy) bottom. Game. Too ambiguous question. For Fishing with diverting trying to find rubber with a maximum of active fish play, and, in principle, this approach is justified. But when the twister actively animate the rod, it is apply a relatively "passive" bait. Game. Too ambiguous question. For Fishing with diverting trying to find rubber with a maximum of active play, and, in principle, this approach is justified. But when the twister actively animate the rod, it is apply a relatively "passive" bait. Buoyancy. In my opinion, flying bait is always preferable. Bites from them is much more, especially in the pauses. But it happens that the fish takes the bait rather from the bottom, but not in the water column, and then sinking rubber can be way. The only animation in most cases it should be more active.
Damiki Silicone Twisters
Most spinnings heard of baits Damiki, decide that it is of wobbler: it lures brought The company is known in the market. Meanwhile, the company also produces silicon bait. In assortment are twisters two basic options - the classic Twister and his double-tailed modification. This season, I was able to try out on the water polutoradyuymovy F-grub and a two-inch Y-grub (double-tailed). A set of colors of rubber Damiki in small and large not too successful: only 6 color options, with many colors available catchability. Presented at the photo Chartreuse Silver can be considered the most suitable option for second place, perhaps, white (Cream White) or fluorescent (Glow) Colors. However, many okunyatnikam enjoy and red bait color, although I an advantage over others in this color noticed.
Twisters are made of fairly hard material, so expect them particularly active and is not an easy game necessary. In addition, they are not very well stay on the hook, and offset often slip. Few save the situation. baits: pouring them on a couple of minutes boiling water followed by drying on a flat smooth surface, such as glass. After this treatment, twisters are much softer and more active play. But there is this ways the flip side: the already not too strong a lure becomes even more unstable and already after 5-6 bites her tail is usually cut off.
Many manufacturers just did climb out of their way inventing new series artificial lures of different design lures. On the one hand, they try to create as much as possible realistic simulation of natural feed animals, fish, frogs or cancers. If in mid-1990 gg. someone had passed my boat bait Lucky Craft Real Jerk or Castaic Platinum-Forcllc, I probably would have abandoned them after float bait, so strikingly similar to those present on the bait fish. Their special coatings overshadow unpretentious decor colored models of the multicast or soft bodies of these baits enable them to perform movements to the smallest details like the natural ones. Even gill cover, fins or scales almost not differ from the original. Realism the highest degree. On the other hand, among the works of modern innovators baits all the time there are models that are far from realism. Sometimes it seems that the idea of design is taken from cartoon or nightmare designer. What type of bait you prefer? I choose both the form and want to present a few baits, absolutely differ from each other. But each of them has proven its strength in completely different fishing situations. I'll start with my most successful bait last season - Real Jerk (Lucky Craft) with coloring and Baitfish Supcrtrout. Jerk-pronged about possesses a unique game when posting. In mild jerking it doing moderately severe attacks of hand side shows and seductive. For longer pulls rod, he reacts uniform swimming movements. On Real Jerk bait, I usually catch thickets of grass to a depth of 3 m. The advantage of this jerk is that the fish on it especially well caught in clear water. In water with clear water high fishing news leads to the fact that fish become very cautious. They landed!, But consider their prey. Many times I've watched pike. which have long been accompanied by artificial bait until the the boat, and yet at the last time of giving way. When the sun is high, will be able to observe the These persecutors baits and annoyance is especially the fact that when This involves a meter fish.
Done a different type of bait Kopyto X-tra Soft Nature. The basis for this was clearly not put any natural prototype. But it is such-like birds of paradise, baits have fallen to my liking, because that winter in the cold and murky water, they were simply irresistible. Pike perches at this time apathetic lay at the bottom and did not respond to most baits. Another thing - the lure of bright yellow or Firetiger. At 18 gram jig-head vibrating right sized, coupled with far visible color signal of even the most inert of the winter predator could induce an attack. But a lot of undercutting with little fish keep on the hook, and losses are inevitable. And yet, bright colors provoke even benumbed predators to bite. In January last year, I harvested on the Danube region with backflow lower gateway, around which gurgling river flowed cold water. Half an hour of feeling the bottom of various 12-15 cm long, natural coloring, but no bites was. Then I mounted the bright yellow bait Xtra Soft 23 cm in length and caught a 74-centimeter-long pike perch and 70 cm both fish prefer brightlycolored exotic lures, rather than an imitation of the fish feed muted coloring.
worms- fish attracting vibration
Senko worm, called another Worm stick, was invented by the Japanese, Gary Yamamoto. What makes this worm is so attractive to a predator-fish? Senko worm has a thick head and a thin back. The easiest way by Senko to catch a free fishing line. It is well-thrown on thin braided fishing line or fluorocarbon. Give the lure sink to the bottom, hold it there a short time, raise, and then again lowered to the bottom. The worm always remains horizontal position, and the thin back of a very tempting vibrates. This reduces wiring lures predators mind. Important filed, the worm first to loose the line. without losing contact with the bait. Senko works especially when it is free palenii. Better only slightly lower apex rod so that the line was formed arc, for which during the dive baits should be carefully monitored. Most strikes occurs in this phase. Fish lacking worm and swims away with it, and fishing line goes away. Rod dipped a little, then take cuttings. Especially well seen biting pike fish which drags the bait sideways. Often the worm in this case do not reaches the bottom, and just lsska clearly goes to the side. Seeing so, you need to strike immediately. In Senko network is another advantage, it is hardly kakayanibud fish, tasted, spit it, as silicones!, ind worm treated attractant and sunflower. Therefore, cuttings should not linger, or fish swallow the bait too deep. Are smaller then will not be released into the wild. I la free lssks can be fed baitworm Senko at a depth of 2 m. windy days and deeper water before I bind the bait pellet at a distance of 20-30 cm To worm can realize their attraction, it is better bind offset hook ? 1-5 with a small loop at fluorokarbonovom leash. Such equipment is Splitshot-Rig. You can use it in the quiet days to catch on depth of over 5 m. Before the walls of the pile, I'm the bait in style Wacky. To skewer the worm over the middle. Warhead further weight to the lead hairpin, also known as Wacky Weight. You can also use special-Alno hooks with a sinker on the forearm.
A large number of worms to choose from: top Heavy Swamp (Reins), below Dinger Worm of Yum.
Senko lures (worms)- not only catchability silicone worms, there are other catchability model, which successfully caught with the above snap-ins, for example Dinger Worm from Yum. Heavy Swamp (Reins) or Zen-Co. these worms also treated with sunflower or attractants. issued They are from 3 (7.5 cm) to 7 inches (18cm) and a variety of stains. Which model would be most catchability depends on the reservoir and the preferences of the fish. Mainly on the assertion that dark water is better to catch the worms muted colors (black, blue. brown and gray), and in the clear - to use lures in white, yellow and red colors. Do not be afraid to use worms, colored flashy - not afraid of predators take them.
with Des Westmore
This month Des takes a look at some fantastic lures, old and new, that are catching a lot of big cod pollack at present
When I frst started wreck fishing, it was with Roger Bayrand aboard His boat 'Sundance'. Roger also had a tackle business and the first Jellyworms and sheds I ever used were the ones that he sold under the Sundance brand. Two of those lures were to become my Stalwart Companions on every trip and accounted for the vast majority of the fish I caugnt. Roger has since gone to live in Australia but lucky for us, all the Sundance tackle is still available from Mark Harding at Alderney Abgling. Not only does Mark stock all the original items but also, as ww will see, he has continued to develop and extend the range further.
Curly Tail Jellyworms
Despite some major developments in lure desian and manufacture over the last ten years, one of those first lures I used aboard Sundance remains, in my option anyway, the most ratable example of any Jellyworm on the market for the mid English Channel wrecks that I fish. I don"t know if it has a special trade name, but the only one I have ever heard usad basically describes exactly what it is - the six-inch brown and gitter orange tail. This unassuming looking worm is dynamite for pollack and cod, especially when combined with a slow retrieve at slack water or when the tide is not running too hard. The tide is in fact the only Imitation when using this Lure. Like most Jellyworms, a strong tidal flow or an overly fast retrieve wll straighten the curly tail and run its action. Keep this in mind and on the right day this is the only lure you will need in the English Channel and I would hope it would work as well elsewhere too.
My other stalwert lure from my days fishing wth Roger was his red and yellow shad, n 4in, 5in and 6lengths, the 5in being my ppersonal favourite. This was the lure that I switched to when the tide began to run. Being one of the earty types of shad, this lures worked best when cranked hard and fast - slow retrieves just didn't get the tail working. While more modern, weighted designs of shad have surpassed this lure in terms of being able to work at low speeds, they have not,. I feel in terms of colour. The combination of a red back and yellow body does seern to get the fish's juices running for whatever reason, something that other lure manufacturers have only twigged in recent years[...]
New Bass Lures
For more information visit: Alderney Angling | www.alderneyangling.com
Published: www.boat-fishing-monthly.co.uk | april 2011
plastic lures fantastic
HOW long since you have tied on a soft plastic? "Soft plastics" is a general term for any lure designed to be attached or threaded on to a jig-head or weighted hook. With so many lures available on the market these days, "soft plastics" are often overlooked and very underrated when it comes to choosing that latest lure to add to the collection. The many and varied styles of soft plastic fures out there on the market these days is simply mind boggling.
Just when us lure fishermen thought we were happy with our lure collections, thinking we had all bases covered, along comes a whole new wall in the tackle shop full of new options to try. Like all lures, there is an option to suit all styles of fishing and all species of fish. Our experience has often shown best resufts when using as little weight as possible on the jig heads - obviously choosing soft plastic bodies that suit similar shape, size and colour of the baitfish the target species is looking for will increase your chances of an inquiry. One advantage of the soft pfastic is the economics of these presentations, as this often allows the cautious angler to place these lures further into structure or deeper into places that a lure of much more value might never see. The fact these lures have a texture and soft body similar to the food they would normally consume often results in repeated hits on the lure, if the first hit does not successfully hook-up. This is just as well because you tend to get a lot more hits than hook-ups if you haven't got your hooks set correctly.
Each soft plastic will have recommended options for rigging for optimum resufts
and these should be followed until you get more familiar with the swim action and snag-ability. Once you have a handle on that lure. you can experiment a bit and customise to suit the environment and speckcs to enhance the hook-up rate and action of the June. The soft plastic offers a natural stealth-like approach to lure fishing - great for working back over areas that you know have been hammered by conventional Style rattling lures and the like. Often we have worked areas so hard we hawe turned the surface to foam and for little reward looking for that lure to change our luck. We have thrown on the so plastic and instantly had a result.
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Article published : Fishing Lines column in "the Land Magazine" | October 2010
Softies on the surface
with Mark Williams
I'VE met some fanatical non-stop fishing machines in my lime and my g«Mid mate Scutt Thorrington from Haven ( barters (ph 0419 440 ) on the NSW Central Coast is right up there with the best of them. He spends his working days putting his clientele onto all manner of hot offshore fishing action from trolling up billfish and deepwater kingfish jigging though to snapper and jewie jaunts. Voud think after spending all week on the rolling deck of his charter boat he'd want a break, but no. On his days off he's usually to be found out on the Brisbane Waters throwing soft plastics around getting amongst the bream, flatties and whiting.
Recently I went out to cast a few SPs with him. have a vack. and check out the hot estuarine fishing he's been enjoying so much of late. Scotty's a bit of a lateral thinker and while so much estuary fishing revolves around using depth sounders to fincf the deepest holes or channels to target, he's gone exactly the opposite direction, looking for the shallowest fish holding areas that are largely left alone or bypassed by the majority of the fishing public.
To successfully target fish in these areas requires a fairly specialised approach and Scotty's got it all sussed right out. Chasing fish that are up in the skinny water requires a stealthy approach and Scotty's gone all the way, buying a full blown US flats fishing skiff that'll float in only a few centimetres of water so he can access areas the majority can't. An electricmotor for silent propulsion is a must for this gig. too.
Throwing small, hard-bodied surface lures is all the rage in our estuaries at the moment, but once again Scotty's taken a different tack and is fishing soft plastics un the surface with awesome results. After fishing with him I can see there are number of distinct advantages to his system. Firstly, the soft plastics cast well so he can really cover water and can stand well off the shallow fish holding areas lies working; remember, that fish that are up in the shallows are generally nervous fish. The other factor involves the soft plastics he's using - Berkeley
Gulp pumpkin seed minnow grubs. The fish just love these things. There's a real knack to fishing them, though, and it took me a while to get the hang of it. The best way to describe the technique would be to call it mobile bait fishing as you're basically covering the water and attracting the fish by lure fishing but as soon as a fish strikes at the lure vou just fish it as a bait and let it get scoffed down before setting the hook. l or a bloke who's spent his life trying to pin fish on lures that the fish don't actually like the taste of, this was something of a revelation.
Once you get out of the ingrained habit of striking when the fish hits the lure the hook up rate is almost 100 per cent. All that premature hook setting does is pull the lure out of the strike zone and spook the fish.
As far as rigging goes, shallow water means a stealthy approach. Light threadline outfits loaded up with 2kg GSP braid and 2kg fluorocarbon leader work well.
The four turn Surgeons Knot is becoming the preferred connection for joining light braid to leader material these days as it's a quick, simple and compact knot that provides adequate strength for the majority of estuarine fishing situations. As previously mentioned the Berkeley Gulp pumpkinseed minnow grubs work a treat, especially when combined with Squidgy Finesse resin head jigs (size 2 works well for general estuarine fishing). Simply connect your jig to leader with a Lefty s loop knot and you're ready to start fishing.
The slowest possible retrieve that keeps the lure swimming on the surface will ensure that you'll have plenty of strikes coming your way. There's always an element of risk when fishing ultra-light leaders, but it usually pays off in the form of increased strikes and fish landed. The fishing gods must have been smiling on me the day I spent out on the Brisbane Waters with Scotty as mv lure was nailed off the top by a sizeable dusky flathead in a spectacular surface strike, but the 2kg Sufix Invisiline fiuorocarbon leader hung in there till Scotty got a net under the fish, even though it was deeply hooked. Sometimes you get lucky.
Vale Bill Nash
On another note I was saddened to hear that renowned US rigging authority Bill Nash has died. I had the opportunity to spend a wonderful day a few years back fishing for stripers with Bill on his beloved San Francisco Delta and he was undoubtedly one of the worlds leading knotologists. His book Flycasting Systems has become something of a rigging bible for fly fishers in the US. He'll be deeply missed by his many friends in the US.
published: FISHING WORLD Mag | 06, 2008.
Soft Plastic fantastics
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BY ERIC BURNLEY
Before you run down to the nearest WAWA and ask for their newest sandwich, let me assure yon this Hogy is not something you eat. It is a series of hand-poured soft plastic baits made by Capt. Michael P. Hogan from Falmouth, MA. I had reports from friends to the north on how effective these lures were, and at the Saltwater Fishing Show in Somerset, NJ this winter, I had a chance to meet Capt. Hogan and take a look at his products. When I say products, I am talking about an entire line of lures, hooks, line, jigheads and scents-all designed to work with Hogy soft baits. This complete system allows the angler to rig and fish Hogy lures without having to shop around for materials. Everything you need is supplied by the manufacturer. All the components have been field tested and refined to the point where the angler can feel confident that he is using the most effective set up. All Hogy baits are hand poured. I asked Capt. Hogan why hand-poured was better than baits made in much larger batches. His reply was the hand-pouring process is done in small batches, and this allows the use of a more pure plastic without the heat stabilizers or fillers that make the plastic more susceptible to tearing on the hook. The result is hand-poured baits offer the best of both worlds in terms of superior action and durability.
In late April I fished the Indian River Inlet using a 10- inch Jiggin'Hogy with a 1-ounce head. It worked beauti- fully, but as is so often the case during my fishing trips, the fish did not cooperate. The water was dirty, the strong west wind held the current change from out to in for over two hours and by the time it finally did begin to move in, it was too late in the day for any hope of a rockfish bite. I was so impressed with the action of the Hogy that I ordered several more along with some jigheads, hooks and rattles to use during the remainder of the spring and early summer. I ordered colors that I hope will imitate bunker, squid, shiners and mullet, which make up most of our local baitfish.
The Original and Jiggin' Poppin' Hogy can be rigged weedless and used in a variety of situations. The weedless rig combined with a small, triangle shaped sinker like the kind used by sweetwater bass fishermen would be perfect for fishing Indian River Inlet from the north or south jetty. This rig should be able to work right in the rocks without becoming a part of the structure.
To make the weedless rig, use one of those offset worm hooks and place it through the bait so the point of the hook is just under the skin of the Hogy. If you are using a Jiggin' Poppin' Hogy, the lure can be fished along the surface in an enticing manner. To make the bait work at different depths, you can add weight to the nose of the Original Hogy or use the appropriate size jighead ahead of the Jiggin' Poppin'Hogy. It is easy to see how versatile this bait can be. Be sure when you rig the bait to have the hook enter the head at the exact center and exit directly on the center line. If you fail to follow these instructions, the bait will not run true and will not be as effective. One tip is to use a bit of super glue on the jighead and the hook where it exits the bait to keep everything in place. Once again I asked Capt Hogan about the glue holding the bait to the hook and the jighead, making it hard to replace a bait. He replied that such a small amount of glue is used that it seldom causes a problem when replacing a bait. One rigging set up that seems interesting is using a drop-shot rig like the ones employed by bass fishermen. Hogy makes the rig and the bait so it becomes an easy rig to use. I can picture using the drop-shot rig in deep water where rockfish are holding on the bottom. It should also oe effective over hard structure on the bottom where a vertical presentation is the most productive. How about a Hogy on a 30-foot leader behind a wire line rig? Any size and either the Original or Jiggin' Poppin' Hogy should work. By rigging an Original Hogy weedless in this situation it should avoid hanging in the rocks over structure like that found at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (CBBT). I can also picture the Original Hogy on a 12- to 18-inch leader behind a bucktail or sinker to tempt flounder off the bottom. I believe the 7- or 10-inch Hogys in colors to imitate spearing, sand eels or mullet would work. In addition, the Hogys can be double rigged with hooks supplied by the manufacturer to take those short striking flatfish. Speaking of flatfish, Hogy makes an imitation flounder lure that I plan to use on rockfish in the Delaware Bay and at the CBBT. The lure comes in two sizes, 5.5 and 3.5 inches. I purchased the 3.5-inch model but I have found much larger flounder in the belly of big rockfish. The flounder Hogys can be rigged behind a jighead, on the drop-shot rig or on an offset worm hook and fished across the bottom. I believe either size will produce some big rockfish.
I am a great believer that adding scent to an artificial bait greatly increases the chance of fooling a fish. Hogy makes its own line of scents, but I believe any type of attractant used on plastic baits will work on a Hogy. Capt. Hogan used a plastic bag that can be sealed to soak his baits before a fishing trip. This gives the soft plas- tic time to absorb the scent. It is also possible to run a trail of scent down the belly slit on the Original Hogy. This does not produce as long-lasting a trail as the soaking method, but will work in a pinch.
EYES Many fishermen will tell you a lure with eyes is more effective than one without. Hogy makes a set of rattling eyes that fit all their baits. Simply punch a small hole through the bait and insert the eyes. I am very impressed with these lures. I like the idea that one company makes everything you need to rig and fish with their product and they take the time to produce a quality bait. I am sure before the spring is over, I will rack up some rockfish on my Hogy baits.
Where to Buy
Captain Michael P. Hogan
15 Simpson Lane, Falmouth, MA, 02540
Email: [email protected]
Web Site: www.hogylures.com
High hopes. This husky little schoolle is not much larger
than the stick bait that It attacked. Fresh run stripers are suckers
for active baits fished slowly along the bottom. In narrow rivers
and near Inlets, weighted lures are necessary to adjust to the current
flow and get the baits down Into the strike zone. Bucktail jigs
deadly alternative in this habitat.
I've been most fortunate to have caught bass by every conceivable legal means and after due consideration, no method compares to fooling a striper with a topwater lure. No matter how many times I've enjoyed the experience, it never gets old when the fish comes up behind the lure and explodes on it. The problem is that what I have just described is not a typical spring scenario, at least not for me. The colder conditions of the spring run are not conducive to tempting fish to come to the surface, so at that time of the season, I get down to where they are holding with jigs, spoons and plastics. Hie aforementioned striper that won the pool for me was fooled by a Point Jude tin with a long, undulating bucktail that nearly perfectly imitated the silversides those fish were feeding on. There have been numerous occasions when fishermen observed me catching fish and began cautiously and politely moving closer because they thought the fish were located directly in front of me. The reality is that there were fish feeding all along those sod banks but they were using surface poppers and big ones at that, which most were working mechanically and much too quickly. On one nippy mid-April evening last year, there were only two of us working one of my favorite holes, so I motioned the man over and gave him one of the weighted 7-inch Hogys I was using. He removed his popper and a broad grin and a hearty "thank you" quickly followed the bend in his rod. Those 4-pound schoolies had been there for two evenings but they were pushing bait along the bottom in 12 feet of water and had no reason or desire to come to the surface to feed. You may be in the right place at the right time but if you aren't working your lure in the strike zone, it can be a frustrating experience. It's not the Super Bowl, March Madness or our fishing trip to Florida that gets me through the winters; it's the anticipation of those brave little seven striped scouts making their way back to my home waters, and if the Good Lord is so inclined I'll be there to welcome them back once again.
Field Test Preview
It seems like every day there are more soft-plastic baits hanging in the tackle shop, and for good reason - they catch fish! Here are some innovative soft baits that we're itching to field test this season.
Z-Man ElaZtech TrailerZ
Being soft and pliable is what gives soft-plastics their action arid appeal but it also limits their lifespan. Z-Man soft-plastic lures feci as supple as any other soft bajt on the market, but they can stretch like a rubber band without tearing and they resist nicks, cuts and tears. That means you'll be able to catch more fish on a Z-Man before you have to replace it.
Every spring, fishermen cleaning big striped bass find small winter flounder stacked in the striper's stomach like pancakes on an IHOP breakfast platter. It's no secret that stripers love eating these soft-bodied flatfish, but mimick- ing this baitfish has been no easy task. That is. until Hogy Lures introduced the Hogy Flatfish, a soft-plastic flounder imitation that can be fished on a jighead or a drop-shot rig. The Flatfish is available in 5 14-inch and 3 1/2 inch sizes, and both arc worthy of fishing this spring when bass are scoping the bottom for a fresh flounder dinner.
EELS Series Lures
Stripers beware. Hogy has mimicked the sand eel to perfection with its Hogy Sand Eel series of plastic baits. Comprised of ultra-soft plastic material, each hand-poured bait exhibits a translucent quality that mimics the delicate nature of the sand eel. At 4 1/2 inches long and 1/4 ounce, the Sand Eel baits are designed to accommodate a number of rigging options. Use one with a 1/2- to 3/4-ounce Hogy Swimming Tin, a 1/0 weighted or unweighted Hogy swimbait hook, or a V8 to 1/4-ounce Hogy jig head.
Quigley's Go-To Stripers
When going deep, I'll opt for either a 9-inch swimming shad tail on a 4- to 6-ounce Spro jig head or a 10-inch Bass Kandy rigged on a 4-ounce Spro parachute jig. Both baits offer deep-water presentations imitating long, crippled baits when bouncing off the bottom. There's another new bait out that's been getting quite a bit of buzz - the Hogy. These hand-poured soft baits imitate large herring or eels with amazingly lifelike movement. They may be fished on the surface for crashing fish or sunk on a jig head to work the water column. My preferred rigging method is with no weight at all, fishing them just below the surface around structure or crashing bass. For the ultimate challenge, grab a 10-weight fly rod and a fistful of 14- inch-long flies resembling bunker. This is probably the most challenging - and consequently for me the most rewarding - method of taking behemoth bass. Reading feeding patterns becomes critical, and it's an opportunistic game; in fact, fly-fishing in these situations becomes more of an opportunistic game as we look for all-out feeding blitzes. It is important to get the fly-deep and use long, erratic reJtrieves to provoke these fish into striking. Large Hollow Fleves and yak-hair Spread Flies are two of the patterns regularly used by local anglers when targeting big stripers. Catching trophy stripers is enjoyable and rewarding, no matter what method you use. But learning to conquer these fish with artificials and light tackle will undoubtedly make you a better angler. Next time you see a school of bass crashing the bunker, keep your hands clean for a while and throw an artificial.
Saltwater Sportsman : May/08
Mister Twister Mister Mino
Mister Twister's Mister Mino is a minnow-imitating soft bait with a hollow body designed to give it a seductive slow-sinking action. It can be rigged on a traditional jighead. a drop-shot rig, or with a tube jighcad inside the bait. The translucent color and scale patterns are impressive, and it is available in sizes suited to everything from trout and panfish to laigemouth and stnpers. www.mistertwister.com
Wave Fishing Tiki-Shadick
Wave Fishing, a relative newcomer to the soft-plastic lure maricet. has been pouring some eye-catching baits that have caught the attention of both fish and fishermen. In the coastal waters of the Northeast, the 6- and 9-inch Tiki-Shadicks are quickly gaining a following of inshore fishemicn. Is it the array of colors or the magic of the "Molopo" scent that s attracting the attention of stripers, weakfish and blues?
Mimhi Litres Spear Worm Think
you've seen everything in plastic worms? Check out the Spear Worm a unique worm with more tail than body, giving it a slow-sinking undulating ac- tion. The Spear Wonn can be rigged on a jighead to imitate a small eel lor striped bass. Texas-rigged for laigemouth bass in freshwater, or added as a trailer to spinnerbaits. buz/baits, bucktail jigs or any other lures th« could benefit from more fish-enticing action.
Fishbelly Hawg Shad
With big natural eyes and a variety of popular colors. Hawg Shad, from Fishbelly International, is a soft bait line that It uniquely realistic and a great option for placing on lead head jigs or accentuating bucktails Hawg Shad offers chokes in tail design as
well from split tail and paddle tail, to a low profile pin tail. And Fishbelly's very supple silicone material produces a truly natural swimming motion. Hawg Shad is available in the following sizes: 126.96.36.199,5 and 6 inches, www.fishbelly.com
Dark or lighter colors - What color on a worm work in different waters
Tie them all on. We all have our favorite lures and baits. Whether its new or old, we will always go back to the tried and true.
match the hatch and forage
That given body of water your fishing then go from there find what they like best and what pattern you can come up with for time of year. It all depends on what the fish are feeding on in the spot you are fishing at i use anything that works you'll be suprised on the baits that you catch fish on
a green squirrely worm
Tried and true - Its a little lime green squirrely worm. It's perfect to caught catfish, bass, bluegill, crappy and a carp on this one little over looked bait.
Darker colors in darker water & lighter colors in lighter
In Fact, best way to use Darker colors in darker water/lighter colors in lighter or clearer water. It's not necessarily about color as much as it is shades of color. The darker the water the darker the bait you want to have. The clearer the bait the brighter you want to have. If you are fishing in muddy water, ther best color to have is like pumpkin or watermelon or black with chartruese tail, and anything works in clear water.
The Uncle Jack's "Worm Slicer"
Once you use Uncle Jack's worm slicer and line puller You'll never
pull apart worms again or pull a snagged line bare handed.
Bait size and presentation is important when fishing any species of fish. That's why having this tool to is an essential need in any fisherman's tacklebox.
Not only is it easy to use, but it's also inexpensive, and vitually mess free. It is also safe for fishing kids and comes with an integrated line puller which will keep your hands from being cut when trying to pull your hook or lure from a snag.
Live bait works great for bluegill and other panfish. The most common baits are worms and nightcrawlers because they are available everywhere and these fish love them. The trick is to only use a piece of worm, just enough to cover the hook.
Normally you would pinch the worm with your fingers to pull it apart, or use a knife to cut it up. Now with one gentle rocking motion you cut the worm without the mess and without the hassle.
Why do I need Uncle Jack's Worm Slicer?
Well for starters it's virtually mess free and because it's made out of plastic it's safe for kids. The integrated line puller will keep your hands from being cut and most of all it's inexpensive.
Once you use it, it will become an essential part of your tackle box.
To order call (262) 694-3917 or email us at [email protected]
Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158
Tips: Added noise will improve strike rate
When using soft plastic grubs like sliders and shad immitations, you can add a lot more noise to your presentation by inserting a small rattle into the body or by wiring or fixing the rattle with epoxy glue to the head or hook shaft. These small glass and BB rattles are available in the fly tying section of most larger tackle shops. The added noise will dramatically improve your strike rate, particularly when fishing for fish like flathead, bass and yellowbelly in discoloured water. These rattles can be used either with or without artificial scents. Work the lure with a mixture of actions such as small jigging motions with a slow retrieve. Shaking the rod tip for a few seconds at a time or a "burn and kill" action allowing several seconds for your lure to sink again.
To make your own soft Lures
Extremely cheap homemade lures
First make up some playdo. Then in another pot, bucket, etc., throw in fish scraps, left over anything that comes from the sea like prawns, pippies, pilchards, etc., and mash it into a soup (just liquid) and remove the solid pieces). Mix the playdo and the liquid together and then make different types of designs using the playdo and insert a long shanked hook in the middle. Then place in the sun to dry, the playdo will go hard (not in the oven because it will cook it). KEEP THE SOLID PIECES for later on. When you get to your fishing spot, chuck pieces of the solid stuff out as a berley. After a while start flicking in the lures and it is a sure way to catch a fish on a lure. I have caught salmon, tailor, flathead, trevally, barracouta plus many more.
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