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I figured it would be a good idea to share some of your most successful plastics this year. That way I (and others) can maybe try something new next season. Tell us how you rigged em if you want!! 

 

Mine were 

-gyb double tail hula grub. Year after year they catch bass for me, In basically every color Ive tried but I like the root beer the most. Almost always weightless. 

-rage craw (new to these, I know they've been around though) I like to Texas rig it. Usually 1/8oz unpegged. 

-reaction innovations sweet beaver. I had good luck pegging this bait and punching it through some thick stuff to find some decent bass In the summer. 

Obviously the senko. weightless t rigged and wacky. 

Several others but I could get by with these. 

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Desert Craw and Bold Bluegill Roboworms drop-shotted have been working for me quite a bit around docks.  T-rigged on a wide gap red #1 Gamagatzu finesse hook with about 1/8 weight.

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4" Bass Pro Stick-O (Wacky, TX)

4" Senko (orig) (Wacky, TX)

4" GYCB Shad Shaped Worm (Wacky, Drop Shot)

1.5" Bass Assassin minnow (Drop Shot, split shot)

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Rage Tail cut-r worm (weightless t-rig; used it as a stick worm, jerkbait, and swimbait, sometimes all in the same retrieve)

Biospawn plasmatail (shakyhead; quickly becoming my go-to "jigworm")

BIzz baits sassy stick (wacky, t-rig; my new favorite senko alternative)

Bizz baits crafty craw (Trailer; I usually just pull out whatever random trailer I can find for jigs, but when I look back at what I had the most success with over the summer, I think more had this craw on the hook than any other trailer I used)

4" berkley power worm (one of my "usual suspects" -- slider head & owner finesse bullet head)

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8 minutes ago, IndianaFinesse said:

Half of a Z-man zinker-z and the senko.

I'm assuming the zinkerz is rigged on a mushroom jighead... what's your most productive rig for the senko? 

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Cut R

Rage Craw

Sweet Beaver 

Magnum Speed Worm

 

 

Mike 

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Just now, Yeajray231 said:

I'm assuming the zinkerz is rigged on a mushroom jighead... what's your most productive rig for the senko? 

Yep, pretty much the only way i use them is on a 1/16 ounce mushroom jig.  I would also use the 1/32 ounce size but my mold only goes down to 1/16 and there aren't any mushroom jig molds on the market with a 1/32 ounce cavity.  I really don't care weather the senko (unless it's a tournament i use a knock-off for price reasons) is weightless wacky rigged or weightless texas rigged.  I usually start with it rigged texas style since it is less likely to fall off, and once the end get's to torn up to use i wacky rig it so i can get a little extra mileage out of it. 

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6 minutes ago, IndianaFinesse said:

Yep, pretty much the only way i use them is on a 1/16 ounce mushroom jig.  I would also use the 1/32 ounce size but my mold only goes down to 1/16 and there aren't any mushroom jig molds on the market with a 1/32 ounce cavity.  I really don't care weather the senko (unless it's a tournament i use a knock-off for price reasons) is weightless wacky rigged or weightless texas rigged.  I usually start with it rigged texas style since it is less likely to fall off, and once the end get's to torn up to use i wacky rig it so i can get a little extra mileage out of it. 

I don't know who said it but I read somewhere to cut off about 1/4 " and re rig it. You know you're having a good day when you started with a 5" senko and before you get a new one it's about 3 3/4"

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Just now, Yeajray231 said:

I don't know who said it but I read somewhere to cut off about 1/4 " and re rig it. You know you're having a good day when you started with a 5" senko and before you get a new one it's about 3 3/4"

That's a good idea, i'll have to try that next time.

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I honestly didn't fish plastics a whole lot this year. I kind of made a concentrated effort to focus on learning some new techniques. My most used plastic was probably a kietech fat impact on the back of a swimjig. I used that almost exclusively for a good part of the spring with good success. Summer was dominated by hard lures for me. 

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I re-discovered the YCB Fat Ika this year. I forgot what a great bait that is. It was my third-most successful bait this year. More than once it was the only thing I could get bit on. 

I fish them weightless on a Gamakatsu 4/0 EWG hook with the skirt up, until after one fish its torn beyond belief then I switch it to skirt down. 

 

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Zoom Baby Brush Hog in Africa Special

Zoom Ultra Vibe Speed Craw in Green Pumpkin

Zoom Fat Albert in Green Pumpkin

Strike King Coffee Tubes  4.5" in Watermelon Magic

Keitech Swing Impact FAT 4.3" in Blue Gill Flash

 

 

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Reins Bubbling shaker 4", 5" and 7" - mainly drop shot and Trig

6" Roboworm straight tail - Trig

Keitech Fat swim impact 2.8" and 3.8"

Keitech crazy flapper 3.8" - Trig

Strike King structure bug - Trig

Netbait Baby Paca Craw - Trig and trailer

Zoom Superfluke

Slim Senko and Senko 5"

Finesse TRD - ned rig

Pretty much it for soft plastics this year
 

 

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The plastics I used this year are nothing new but I just started using the spike it dye markers this year and idk if its made a huge improvement but I can make my regular baits look way better and it has boosted my confidence in them even more since they are more specific. Everyone should try them if they haven't already

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1. Zoom Tubes in green pumpkin

2. Zoom super fluke in pearl

3. Zman Finesse trd

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Tied between 4.5" Robo Worm Straight tail in Salt and Pepper Chartreuse or Black Grape.  Both on a drop shot, my go to presentation this year.

Runner up - Rage Tail Thumper 7" Green Pumpkin on a shaky head.

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Bizz baits sassy stick and senko #1

Really starting to like Grande Bass airtail rattler, regular rattler and baby rattlers.

Bought some Yamamoto Fat Ikas and really hope to put them to use coming up.

 

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Reins Bubbling Shaker, 4": t-rigged weightless and worked like a fluke or rigged on a 1/16oz Keitech shakyhead jig. 

4" Plasmatail, Easy Shiner, Sexy Impact, all also rigged on the 1/16 Keitech. It is a great jighead and is well worth the price, everything I tried on it caugh me fish.

Rage Menace Grub; weightless on a 3/0 Owner straight shank.  Can't say enough good things about this plastic, I set out to fish senkos a lot this year but the Menace just killed them in both numbers and size.  

Ned Rig; a cut down Hula Stick on a 1/20oz head worked the best in current, a 1/2 Zlinker on a 1/16oz head worked best in still water.  

 

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I take about 10 lbs of soft plastics with me every trip. In reality I should just take 4 or 5 bags. I caught most of my fish this year on basically 3 baits Texas rigged.

3" Berkley Chigger Craw in Black/Red Fleck

Strike King Shim-E-Stick in Smokey Shad

Reaction Innovations Little Dipper in both Bad Shad Green and Guntersville Shad.

However, one of my tourney wins this year came on a weightless Zoom Trick Worm in Black.

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Mine are Arkie twin-tailed skirted grubs, Berkley 7" power worm in black w/ blue flecks, Mizmo tubes, and Lake Fork Crawtubes.

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been throwing the shakey head A LOT ! been using Roboworms 6'' straight tail FX  & Havoc Bottom hopper 6.25 '' , gonna try the Bass Assassin Tap Out worm here soon . also just ordered some new shakey head hooks , the Seibert Dredge Head with the Owner Deep Throat hook , looking foward to them ..

as a couple of others have mentioned , i really like Bizz Baits Sassy Sticks , gonna have to order a few packs this week , for stick baits , they are all i use anymore !!

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#1 Rage Tail Structure Bug on an Owner J-rig

#2 Rage Tail Menace T-rigged

#3 Rage Tail Cut-R T-rigged

 

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