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Mud Bottom W/ Lots Of Moss/weeds How Do You Rig Your Soft Plastics?

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I fish a lake with a mud bottom and moss.Wondering how you guys prefer to fish the bottom in the more open areas of the lake with plastics in this situation.I have tried everything t-rigs pegged and loose,shakey heads,unweighted,football,drop shot. Have had some sucess with all but it seems like i either end up dragging in weeds or my plastic goes un-noticed burried below the moss.Guess i am trying to find a good way to get that plastic slightly above the moss,mud and grass.i cant really use enough weight to feel what im doing or else i end up buried.Curious what u guys like to use, floating worms and large ones 8-12 inch usually work the best but as far as jig heads and weights i cant find anything that seems to produce better that the other. And im not refering to the areas with thick vegitation im talking about the relatively open areas.Unweighted works well but there is almost no cover/timber anything to cast at so i need to cover more water than weightless will allow.

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Try the horizontal fall of a weighted hook. They allow you bait to settle to the bottom instead of nosing down in the mud.

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Here is another rigging to consider:

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I also like a weighted hook or c-rig with a large high-float worm to cover more water. Also, a colorado blade spinnerbait. Adjust your retrieve to keep it just above the moss line.

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for open flats I'd switch to a crank or spinnerbait/chatterbait depending on the weather....but you said plastics so I would maybe tie on a fluke (texas rig, little to no weight) and fish it fast enough to cover water.

I'd try a speed worm with a light weight (1/8).

So I guess I'd start fishing more horizontal in the open situation you described

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Drop shot with a heavier weight on heavier line, and a very short leash. You can Texas rig it with a normal hook if you need it.

That and the jika rig are your best options.

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Drop Shot or a crig with a floating worm or better yet with a floating jig to keep the hook and bait out of the goo!

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