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My go-to bait is usually a spinnerbait but tonight I fished with soft plastics only and got "hooked" so to speak on them again.  If for no other reason than they are tanks -- you can throw them anywhere without (much) worry.  That and the sensitivity they afford are really great.  I think I get more bites from them too...or at least can feel the bites I do get more.  And, of course, they are way cheaper than the hard baits.  

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they're good baits, but don't fool yourself about cheaper than hard baits.  a hard bait is a one time purchase and may last a very long time, i can burn through some soft plastics in a day and spend more than most of my hardbaits cost.

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I keep em tied on 24/7/356 ;)

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And, of course, they are way cheaper than the hard baits.

 

Bag of plastics that are working well lasts about an hour.  I have hard baits that are 30+ years old. 

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My go-to bait is usually a spinnerbait but tonight I fished with soft plastics only and got "hooked" so to speak on them again.  If for no other reason than they are tanks -- you can throw them anywhere without (much) worry.  That and the sensitivity they afford are really great.  I think I get more bites from them too...or at least can feel the bites I do get more.  And, of course, they are way cheaper than the hard baits.  

I don't know about cheaper then a hard bait.  If you buy a crank for $6 and a pack of  Senko's for $7-8.  A great day of fishing your crank may have some scratches and look warn, but your Senko's are trashed, have fallen off, and all but gone so now you have to purchase another pack.  I can honestly say the amount of money I have spent in soft baits over hard baits is probably 2 to 1.....and that is including those expensive $50+ swimbaits.  So as far as way cheaper, I may have to disagree with that statement.

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I've always preferred to fish spinnerbaits, chatterbaits etc. myself.  But I tried the drop shot rig late this year for the first time and I'm pretty "hooked" on it myself.

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Bag of plastics that are working well lasts about an hour.  I have hard baits that are 30+ years old. 

 

i don't run thru mine that fast but I do run thru them pretty quick as well and they tend to be the bait I have to re-up on most often 

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The bodies of water I fish soft plastics will out produce all other lures 5-1, so the choice aint bout cost!  ;)

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The bodies of water I fish soft plastics will out produce all other lures 5-1, so the choice aint bout cost!  ;)

Very true, I have become a big believer and user of Mend-It, may let me get a few more fish per bait,  This year think my ratio is about what you stated (5-1) in favor of soft baits, but then there were years I did better on wakebaits, cranks, and topwaters.   

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I'm a soft-plastics guy and always have at least 2 of my rods 

rigged wacky, or wacky and mojo/TX or something like that.

 

This week I decided to tie a jig on to one of my Chronarch 50e 

rods. That caught me some decent bass. I went out and bought 

some Booyah Baby Boo jigs last night along with some tiny paca 

chunk trailers.

 

A combo of hard and soft... But I'll aways use soft plastics as my 

mainstay bait.

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Yep, soft plastics for me most of the time. Try throwing a rap dt6@$9 a pop and breaking bills.. That sucks.. Plastics can be had marked down (senkos) buy one get one.. A little money here a little money there, it all comes out in the wash, lol

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some of the most effective baits

lands most of the lunkers ever landed

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I haven't got to fish "hardcore" the biggest one (in my default pic) was caught on a soft plastic.  I had a decent balance on size using a spinnerbait vs soft plastics.  But the numbers came with soft plastics for sure.

 

I think having a boat will really help and probably change that.  From what I've ready and watching on youtube (thanks BassResource) you use spinnerbaits, crankbaits etc as search baits.  Then switch off to jigs/soft plastics to get the bigger ones and numbers.  I could be wrong though.

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The bodies of water I fish soft plastics will out produce all other lures 5-1, so the choice aint bout cost! ;)

Same here, as well as jigs.

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The great thing about soft plastics is you can modify them so many ways to cover any depth, fish em in the nastiest cover, and if you want to cover water as a search bait, you can rig a swimbait and fish it like a crankbait, or on a jig with an underspin to give you the feeling of a spinnerbait. I alway's hit the water with my hardbait box, but my terminal tackle, jigs, and soft plastic boxes tend to see most of the work.

 

My problem is I love trying new colors, sizes, styles, brands, and every time I order anything to do with fishing, I can't help but add a few new bags of soft baits in my cart, but in reality, I only use 10-20% of what I carry, but I love me some soft baits!!!!

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