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If you had to pick 10 soft plastic baits from across the board, be it creature baits, tubes, senko style stick worms, and other worms, what would you choose and in what color(s)?

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10 is a lot, here are 5! :D

 

Culprit 10" Ribbontail Worm in Tequila Shad

Berkley Powerbait 10" Power Worm in Tequila Sunrise

Netbait Baby Paca Craw in Alabama Craw

Netbait Tiny Paca Craw in Alabama Craw

Netbait B Bug in Black Blue Flk

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Pitboss (junebug/green pumpkin/watermelon/blackblue)

Any 5" senko, but I use BPS (junebug/green pumpkin/watermelon)

Any 10" ribbontail worm (junebug/green pumpkin/watermelon)

Zoom Super Fluke (smokin shad/watermelon)

Zoom Trick worm (junebug/green pumpkin/watermelon)

 

Those 5 are what I use about 75% of the time. I try to buy stuff on sale and just experiment for the other 25% of the time.

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These are my favorites:

 

Rage Tail Craw (Summer Craw or Black w/ Blue Flake)

Rage Tail Menace Grub (Summer Craw, White or Black w/ Blue Flake)

Missile Baits D-Bomb (Green Pumpkin or Bruiser Flash)

Berkley Power Worm 7" (Electric Grape or Green Pumpkin)

Berkley Power Bait Chigger Craw (Green Pumpkin)

Reaction Innovations Skinny Dipper (Sexy Shad)

Keitech Swing Impact Fat 3.8" and 4.3" (Electric Shad)

Zoom Horny Toad (White)

Zoom Super Fluke (Pearl or White Ice)

5" Senko (Green Pumpkin, Red Shad, Green Pumpkin w/ Chartreuse tip)

 

I'll always have these baits with me anywhere I fish.

 

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Kalins 5" single tail grub, in Ron's Craw - Color catches them in clear and stained water Other colors Bluegill

Tube - Smoke purple, Smoke black and red, and water red.

Anglers choice Wart hawg - Okee Craw and Royal melon ned rigged

Zman Zinkerz Purple haze, pearl and green pumpkin goby ned rigged

 

Could probably get through life just fishing the top two baits in those colors and do alright for myself.

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Ribbontail worm: 7" berkley power worm

straight tail worm: Biospawn plasmatail

stick worm: Yum Dinger

Craw 1: Strike King Rage craw

Craw 2: Berkley Chigger craw

Tube: Strike King coffee tube

Grub: Kalins 5"

Shad: Strike king Caffeine shad

Lizard: Zoom lizard

Creature: Megastrike megabug

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  1. Netbait Baby Paca Craw - Brown/Orange, Black Red Shad, & White
  2. Havoc Pit Boss - Perfection, Okochobee, & Big Texan
  3. Culprit Ribbon tail worm - Night Crawler, Pumpkin Seed, & Motor Oil/Chartreuse tail
  4. Mann's Jelly Worm - Grape, Black Grape, & Motor Oil
  5. Rage Tail Craw - Bama Craw, MM Moonlight, & Falcon Lake Craw
  6. Reaction Innovations Skinny Dipper - White Trash, California 420, & Houdini
  7. Zoom Fluke - White Pearl, Watermelon Seed, & Baby Bass
  8. Keitech Swing Impact Fat - Bluegill Flash, Sight Flash, & Black
  9. Yum Dinger - Pumpkinseed, White, & Green Pumpkin
  10. Biospawn Vilecraw - Red Bug, Junebug, & Black Red Flake

Of course there are 1000s of others. I use a lot more baits and colors than I listed.

 

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8" Hudd ROF 12 rainbow trout

68 Hudd ROF 12 rainbow trout

HuddGill Bluegill

Roboworm 6" straight oxblood/red flake, MMIII and Baitball

Iovino 6" straight tail Smallmouth killer

Uptons Customs 9" straight tail Black grape/blue neon, Aaron's Tragic

GYCB 4" Hula Grub 221 cinnamon/black-purple flake, 330 watermelon Copper-purple flake

Betkley 4" Chigger Craw, green pumpkin

Zoom baby Brush hog green pumpkin 

Zoom Fluke, pearl white

That my short list.

Tom

 

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Seeing everyone else's posts (I responded to the other post) I realize I could probably have a top 25 plastic bait list. You don't realize that you rely on so many until you see it in list format lol

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Pretty much every plastic bait on the shelves will catch a fish it's just a matter of when you were introduced to it and by whom to give you the confidence to use them.  Each plastic bait someone has listed probably has a story like that behind it.  In no particular order:

 

- 3.5" GYCB Kut Tail "Baby Bass" - Started fishing a kut tail on a drop shot after watching Andy Cuccia talk about the bait on TV (Sport Fishing with Dan Hernandez) when they were covering the Yamamoto Big Bass Challenge on the CA Delta.  Started out with green pumpkin but after trying about 15 different colors, the one that I felt got me the most bites was the baby bass, something about the little bit of gold flake they throw in.

 

- 4" Molix Sator Worm "Watermelon Gold Shad" or "Seducente" - As drop shotting became my main finesse technique I started looking for baits that looked like it would have a lot of action when nose hooked that might be a little under the radar.  Got a pack of these and they've since become my top choice in clear water.  Crappie and bluegill will also attack it, but if I'm having a tough day and I just want to catch a fish, this is what I'll use.  If nothing bites this it's time to go home.

 

- 4" Havoc Pit Boss "Vampire Orange" "Lime Purple Passion" - I'm not much of a jig fisherman but Vampire Orange on a black or black/red jig, or, Lime Purple Passion on a brown or brown/purple jig, are the two best looking combinations of jig/trailer I've seen.  If I ever decide to start fishing a jig heavily, this will be what I use.

 

- 4" KVD Dream Shot "Brown Purple" - Another dropshot variant specific to one reservoir in the area.  A local pro gave a seminar talking about how a Roboworm MMIII was what everyone was using to try catch a DD bass at this reservoir, so instead of going with the Roboworm I went with the Dream Shot to present something a little different.  No DD but the fish do like the dark purple and I've caught more fish on that color than any other color at that reservoir.

 

- 5" GYCB Senko "Baby Bass" - This gave me the confidence to give bass fishing a shot again.  Having been absent from bass fishing for 30 years I only knew a Carolina Rig (from surf fishing) and when looking at surf fishing stuff I'd always look at the senkos and ask how a plain stick could catch a fish (it had no curly tail or ribs or any moving parts).  I spent a lot of time reading about stickbaits, and the weightless senko was the easiest new rig to learn (tie a hook to the end of the line!), and it gave me the confidence to go to a freshwater lake and start bass fishing even though I had no clue what I was doing.

 

I don't really have a #6-10, other plastics I have are more of a "what do I feel like fishing today" for the sake of variety, but the five baits above are what I bring with me anywhere I go for bass.

 

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Zoom lizards and worms

Berkley and Culprit worms

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#1.  Z-man's Zinkerz cut in half.

#2.  The GYCB senko.

#3.  Berkley havoc pit boss.

#4.  Keitech swing impact and fat swing impact.

#5.  Zoom super chunk as a trailer.

#6.  Zoom trick worm and finesse trick worm.

#7.  Zoom horny toad.

#8.  Rage craw.

#9.  Culprit original curly tail worm.

#10. Zoom centipede.

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1. Straight tail worm

2. Curl (hook) tail worm

3. Ribbon tail worm

4. Stick worm (Senko)

5. Lizard

6. Creature

7. Craw

8. Bug

9. Tube

10. Swim baits

11. Grubs

12. Soft jerk baits

 

There's a dozen, pick your favorite in each category!

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No Jackall flick shakes on any of these lists? 

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These are 5 that I order specifically for certain reasons. I use many others but those are usually bought randomly in store because they're on sale or I'm in a pinch.
 

1. GYCB 5" Senko - Most any GrnPmpkn/Watermelon combination

2. NetBait Paca Chunk - Any variant of brown, orange, and black

3. NetBait Tiny or Baby Paca - Same colors as above

4. 7" & 10" Berkely Power Worm - They used to make a brown variant but I can't seem to find it. Been using straight black.

5. Keitech 4" Easy Shiner in BG Flash

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22 hours ago, HeavyTwenty said:

Pitboss (junebug/green pumpkin/watermelon/blackblue)

Any 5" senko, but I use BPS (junebug/green pumpkin/watermelon)

Any 10" ribbontail worm (junebug/green pumpkin/watermelon)

Zoom Super Fluke (smokin shad/watermelon)

Zoom Trick worm (junebug/green pumpkin/watermelon)

 

Those 5 are what I use about 75% of the time. I try to buy stuff on sale and just experiment for the other 25% of the time.

add yum christie craws and baby brush hogs to this and it basically my entire plastic tackle selection.

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In no particular order, I use these the most:

 

Yamamoto DT Hula Grub

Yamamoto Fat Ika

Yamamoto Senko

Zoom Trick and Finesse Worm

Zoom Lizard

RI Sweet Beaver

Berkley Pit Boss

SK Rage Craw

SK Rage Menace

Keitech Fat

 

 

 

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Berkley Power Worms (7 and 10 inch)-tequila sunrise, motoroil

 

Yamamoto Senkos in baby bass-I fish these A LOT. A couple years ago I made it a point to make sure I had at least 10 packs of these before going into the season. I didn't go through them all but I used them enough to know that I need to have plenty so I wouldn't run out. YEs they are expensive, but I tried to find em on sale and would buy 2-3 packs at a time when I did find them on sale.

 

Strike king Dream Shots-in the originals I use mostly green pumpkin and KVD magic. I am loving the new OPT line now. Haven't fished them a ton but I have caught em on bold bluegill and triple magic, have a few other colors to try out too.

 

Strike King Half Shell-I have green pumpkin, bold bluegill, morning dawn, triple magic, and a few others. These things are great, and have taken the top spot for me in terms o dropshot lures.

 

Any Rage tail

 

Thats pretty much the extent of my soft plastics.

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So many choices, so little years in a lifetime to try em' all...!!

 

No# 1 ----> Zoom Super Fluke (Glimmer Blue)

        2  Lake Fork 'LIVE' Magic Shad (Albino)

        3 Berkley 7" Power Worm (Blue Firetail)

        4 Strike King 3X Zero  (Bubblegum)

       5 Zoom Fat Albert Twin Tail Grub (Black)

       6 Zoom Magnum Finesse Worm (Grn Pump)

       7 Roboworm 7" Straight Tail (ANY color!!) 

       8 D&M Punch Craw (Oxblood)

       9 Middle Baits Baby D Bomb (Super Bug)

     10 Berkley 4" Power Worm (Black)

 

...and still experimenting...tight lines, y'all...!!

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