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I was watching a bunch of fishing videos on YouBoob and I kind of got caught up in all the plastic-worm-jig-mania. I went out and stupidly bought a bunch of plastics without even considering how I was going to use them. I know...dumb. I was just thinking of some of them for jig/spinner dressing, because I'm not really a plastics kind of guy. I'm mainly crankbaits and maybe a few spinners.

 

So now I have all these things, lol. How would you guys recommend I use them? 

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You guys are welcome to razz me about this. Anyway, I went out this morning thinking I was going to rip them with all these new plastics, but when I got there I realized I didn't know zip about using any of them. So instead I tied on a Rapala X-Rap and combed the lily pads, which produced this big guy.

 

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Teach me to run out and buy a bunch of lures like an idot. I'll just stick to what I know :)

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You'll be glad to have those plastics when they aren't hitting moving baits. Watch Glenn's bass resource YouTube vids to learn how to use em.  In my opinion Glenn makes the most focused, understandable, educational fishing vids.  

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Thanks :)

 

Just a heads up - a lot of these vids won't play.

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6 minutes ago, hawgwash said:

Thanks :)

 

Just a heads up - a lot of these vids won't play.

Just go back to youtube and watch everything you can on soft plastic fishing 

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Take that Pit Boss and Texas rig it on a 4/0 EWG worm hook w/ a 3/16 or 1/4oz. weight and hang on!

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18 minutes ago, jtharris3 said:

Take that Pit Boss and Texas rig it on a 4/0 EWG worm hook w/ a 3/16 or 1/4oz. weight and hang on!

 

Yeah, I'm starting to realize this as I'm watching these YouBoob videos. Have to practice with these guys tomorrow after I buy some hooks.

 

That big bass in the picture broke the lip off my X-Rap, so now I have to get another one. I didn't even know he broke it off till I started casting again and noticed it wasn't swimming like it should. I pulled it out of the water and saw the lip was gone. Dang bass was really hungry, lol.

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2 hours ago, jtharris3 said:

Take that Pit Boss and Texas rig it on a 4/0 EWG worm hook w/ a 3/16 or 1/4oz. weight and hang on!

I like the pit boss weightless or with a keel weighted hook.  Glides nicely over submerged weed beds.

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There are so many ways to rig plastics and different retrieves, one could write a 400 page book and still leave out a few.  Learn to rig them weedless, or what many call Texas rigging, and you can present them with or without a weight. When it comes to weights, you've a ton of options, pick one that fits the conditions (water depth, wind, etc.) and go out and fish it slow. No, I mean s l o w. 

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Yeah, I'm finding this out as I watch all these different videos on rigging the different plastics I got. For example, with the toads there's like 3 or 4 different hook setups, which means different hooks you'd have to buy. Now with the Tubes there's a specialty hook that's short and wide on the bottom just for rigging that bait. The toads also have a special hook with a spring on the top that you screw into the head of the bait. As for the Power Worms I actually broke some of these off and used them as jig trailers. With the YUM warning shots there are numerous ways to rig this bait as well, but I like the Texas style weedless one. I prefer the weedless options, because this category there's just a couple hook types that I would need 3/0, 4/0 offset, etc.

 

Being a crankbait guy I want to rip everything, but with these plastics I have to slow down, which is kind of annoying for me. However, since I fell pray to the bait monkey and bought all these I figure I should learn how to fish them. Who knows, maybe it will improve my catches around here, since there's a lot of weeds, pads and vegetation in the places I fish. Typically when I go out I only catch one or two fish, because I've always used crankbaits or spinners. This isn't Florida and so my options for good Bass spots are limited, even more so since I have to bank fish. 

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I went out this morning to this little spot along the river I know and tried out some of the plastics. I had watched some videos on how to rig these out (horn toad, pit boss, power worm, etc) so I got some hooks and started practicing. The YUM warning shot calls for a number 1 mosquito hook, which I found, but I basically just used a pack of Eagle Claw 3/0 hooks with the bend in the neck.

 

I tried the toad, but really wasn't impressed, then I tried the power worm, which seemed to be the best out of the bunch. The toad just flopped around and didn't swim right side up, kept flopping over. Didn't impress me and it didn't impress the fish either. And there were fish around where I was because I saw a few nice size bass roaming around.

 

The power worm seemed the best option in that messy area with a lot of vegetation. I am totally green with plastics so I'm not even sure I was fishing it correctly, but I played around for a while. Didn't get anything, not even a nibble.

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4 hours ago, hawgwash said:

Yeah, I'm finding this out as I watch all these different videos on rigging the different plastics I got. For example, with the toads there's like 3 or 4 different hook setups, which means different hooks you'd have to buy. Now with the Tubes there's a specialty hook that's short and wide on the bottom just for rigging that bait. The toads also have a special hook with a spring on the top that you screw into the head of the bait. As for the Power Worms I actually broke some of these off and used them as jig trailers. With the YUM warning shots there are numerous ways to rig this bait as well, but I like the Texas style weedless one. I prefer the weedless options, because this category there's just a couple hook types that I would need 3/0, 4/0 offset, etc.

All those different hooks are just options when it comes to the style hook for the most part.   I use a simple 3/0 or 4/0 For all my plastics.   Toads,  worms,  creature baits,  paddle tails,  all of them.   I have a small handful of flipping hooks,  but still use the ewg hooks most of the time.   

 

That spring thing u mentioned is a keeper for the bait.   I wish all hooks had them.   I picked up a pack of those "spring things just by themselves so I can use them on whatever hook I chose.   

 

I myself,  do a whole lot better with plastics over hard baits.   That's just me tho.   I really fell in love with them when I got to stop picking grass out of my bait every cast.

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I am the opposite.  I catch fish on soft plastics fished slowly, but am trying to learn hard baits.  I think the best way to learn is to focus on one type of bait until you figure it out.

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On 8/19/2017 at 4:31 PM, hawgwash said:

madness.jpg

 

I was watching a bunch of fishing videos on YouBoob and I kind of got caught up in all the plastic-worm-jig-mania. I went out and stupidly bought a bunch of plastics without even considering how I was going to use them. I know...dumb. I was just thinking of some of them for jig/spinner dressing, because I'm not really a plastics kind of guy. I'm mainly crankbaits and maybe a few spinners.

 

So now I have all these things, lol. How would you guys recommend I use them? 

 

 

OK, you have Yum tubes, Yum warning shot, Havoc pit boss, Zoom horny toad, berkley power worm, and mister twister double tails. That's a good variety to get started with plastics. There is no wrong way to fish any of them and your options are limited only by your imagination.  But the following should be effective:

 

-black tube heads go inside the tube with the line tie poking out the top of the front. hop and bounce along bottom.

-put the double tails on the back of a jig or spinnerbait.

-use the pit boss and the power worms on a Texas rig.

-use the warning shot on a dropshot or shaky head.

-fish the horny toad as a topwater over pads and other vegetation.

 

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On 8/20/2017 at 7:44 AM, hawgwash said:

Being a crankbait guy I want to rip everything, but with these plastics I have to slow down, which is kind of annoying for me.

 

This is tough. When I was a kid, my dad fished cranks, and he fished fast. I learned everything I know about bass fishing from the old man, but when the bite was tough on cranks, I had to learn how to work plastics. Given that background, and my..uh..general personality (think: caffeine + nicotine), I had to calm waaaaaaay down to make my plastics work. It's tough, but patience has been my key. I've landed some of my biggest largemouths from working a Neko or TX rig so freakin' s-l-o-w-l-y, that it is painful. I've had to learn how to enjoy slowing it down...it's done wonders for my fishing...and my blood pressure. I just  enjoy where I am and what I am doing (i.e., not at work, not sitting in traffic, etc). I concentrate on the retrieve and take it slow.

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Heh, yeah that's me, too. I've been fishing these plastics for a few days now and it's definitely a whole different experience than cranking. Once I got the proper hooks and learned how to rig them up it made it a little easier. However, I have not caught one single fish using these plastics (although I did have a big bass smack the horn toad just as it was nearing the shore). I then tie on a crank (my current favorite is the Rapala X-Rap, perch) and wham - I start getting fish.

 

I'm quite sure my lack of results is simply due to my own inexperience with plastics - and quite possibly the rod I'm using. They do make rods specifically for flipping/jigging plastics and I may have to get one of those at some point if I want to improve my chances. In the meantime, crank baits ... :) 

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You got some good stuff here. You're off to a great soft plastics start. The biggest adjustment for me when I started using worms (many decades ago) was the hookset. I was just used to reeling in a crank or Trap and tightening the line. Fish hooked themselves. I had to buy a MH rod and practice to get better at it. Feeling that bite and setting the hook is one of the best feelings in all of fishing. Sounds like you're fishing for aggressive fish. There will come times when the reaction baits won't work and you'll be set.

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Experiment with them .  There are 101 ways to use them . Try some texas rigged and throw them in the heaviest cover. Looks like you forgot to buy a pack of plain old plastic worms . 

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