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If you were limited to five soft plastic baits, what would you choose?


DougHall_NY

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Pretty Tough to prioritize

 

5" Senko or General

Lil General or Roboworm Ned

3.3-3.8 Keitech 

Fat Ika

Rage Bug/Smallie Beaver

 

 

3.8 Bellows Gill

3.8 -4.8 Bull Flat

Cover Scat

Zoom Finesse worm

Zoom Mag Speedworm

Zman Fattyz

Zman Bangstickz

Zman Hula Stickz

Zman Streakz 3.5 and 5 "

Zako

Spunk Shads 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gene Larew 4" Salt Craw

Flipping Tube 

Zoom Ultra Vibe Speed Craw

Strike King Rage Bug

7 1/2" worm

 

Honorable mention

Zoom Brush Hog

Zoom Ultravibe Speed Worm

 

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I don't limit myself to any particular brand of these.

3.5in. Tube

7in. Ribbon Tail Worm

5in. Trick Worm

Craw style Trailer (Rage Tail, Paca Craw, etc.)

 

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Yamamoto Senko

Zoom finesse worm

Berkley Chigger Craw

Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver

Hog Farmer Spunk Shad

 

I think I've got my bases covered, for the most part. Maybe swap one for a keitech. 

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13 minutes ago, Captain Phil said:

 

More bass have been caught on a Creme Scoundrel than all the other worms combined.

 I would think the Senko might upset the count.

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19 minutes ago, roadwarrior said:

 I would think the Senko might upset the count.

 

Hard to say.  The Creme Scoundrel was the first plastic worm released in 1949.  All other straight tail worms are based on this design.  The Zoom Trick worm is practically identical. I caught my first bass on a 6" natural colored Creme Scoundrel around 1960.  For years my personal best LMB (11 1/4) was caught on a black grape Creme Scoundrel.  I used to buy them in a bag of 100.  The grape Scoundrel with a fire tail is a killer weightless worm fished as a jerk bait.   No one ever talks about that anymore. 

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20 minutes ago, roadwarrior said:

 I would think the Senko might upset the count.

 

Pretty sure that already happened. The Scoundrel may have been around longer but there's way more anglers today.

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GYCB Senko

Z-man TRD

Zoom Trick Worm

GYCB Hula Grub

Berkley Power Worm

 

Just missing the cut:

Zoom Lizard

Rage Craw

Keitech swing impact fat or Rage Swimmer

Rage Space Monkey

Ultravibe Speed Worm

Fluke

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Zoom Pit Boss

Zoom Z-Craw Jr

Z-Man Hula StickZ/TRD

Ribbon Tail Worm (Culprit, Zoom, NetBait)

Zoom Chunks

 

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This isn't that tough, as I only use about 5 of the silly amount of soft plastic baits I carry around.

 

1. ZOOM Trick Worm.  I can fish it wacky and weightless Texas should I need to, but this puppy slays on a light Texas rig or shakyhead.  I'm sure I could cut it down a hair and fish it on a dropshot as well.  It'll also cut down to Ned rig size.

 

2. Netbait Paca Slim.  This little craw imitator has put a lot of fish in the boat for me pitching it and dragging it.  I haven't tried it on the back of a jig yet, but I'm sure it will get the job done.

 

3. ZOOM Salty Super Fluke.  I'd like to throw the Z-Man Razor Shad here, but I can trailer my chatterbaits with the fluke or fish it weightless.  It's also been on for the only spinnerbait fish I've caught this year.

 

4.  ZOOM Ol' Monster.  This is the double triple OG of summertime dragging.  It isn't all that versatile, but I enjoy big worm fishing enough to slot this one in.

 

5.  YUM Pulse.  I plan to finally figure out how to get bites on a swimbait, and this one is cheap and has got me bites before, in fresh and salt.

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Strike King 5" Caffeine Shad, Green Pumpkin Sapphire

Strike King KVD Perfect Plastic Caffeine Shad 5" 8pk - Tackle Warehouse

 

 

GY Senko 6", Watermelon/Black Flake

6" Senko - Yamamoto Baits

 

 

MegaBass Hazedong Shad 4.2", Green Pumpkin Blue/Numa Ebi/Moroku

HAZEDONG SHAD 4.2in - Megabass (megabassusa.com)

 

Beast Coast Miyagi Swimmer, Dope Gill

4.75'' MIYAGI Swimmer - Dope Gill (beastcoastfishing.com)

 

 

Yum Wooly HawgCraw, Dark Grasshopper

YUM WOOLY® HAWGCRAW-Dark Grasshopper-4" (lurenet.com)

 

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If I had to just choose 5, it'd be pretty tough, but here's my list:

  1. Missile D-Bomb
  2. Missile Craw Father
  3. Eco Pro Tungsten Swing Shad 3.8
  4. Missile 48
  5. Berkley Power Bait 2.5" Power Tube

It's not an ideal lineup, but I feel like the versatility of most of these baits would allow me to fish pretty much any way I wanted. I might have to do some modifications, but it could still be done.  

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Senko 

Keitech Fat Impact

Tube

Hula Grub

Yamamoto D-Shad (or Fluke)

 

Honorable Mentions:

Berkeley Power Worm 6-10”

Berkeley Straight Money

 

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