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How Many Rods Do You Have Rigged For Plastics?

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I have 1 weightless plastic senko/fluke and 4 different rods rigged with tx rigs from 1/8 oz to 1oz for punching and also one rod dedicated to a wacky worm or shaky head. Thats 6 rods rigged at all times for fishing some sort of plastic.

I use them all through out a fishing day depending on the cover and depth im fishing.

How many rods do you keep rigged with plastics?

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The number of rods I carry varies from trip to trip, but I usually have 1/2 of what I'm using for the day rigged with some kind of plastic.

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At any one time, I might have plastics on a number of rods. But to categorize them, there would be say 3 in the boat:

The "Grub Rod" - 5" grubs, small worms, stick-worms up to 5"

Lighter plastics rod - plastic worms from 6" to 10", sometimes 6" stick-worms, smaller creature baits

Heavier plastics rod - larger creature baits, monster worms, could be 7" stick worms if I fished them

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I almost always have at least these three:

1-baitcast with either a weighted or unweighted wacky rigged 5 or 6" Senko/Stick-o

2-baitcast with T-rigged plastic-size and weight to fit conditions

3-Spinning shakyhead with finesse worm, Trickworm, or T-Mac worm most of the time

Often these as well:

4-baitcast T-rig to offer contrast in weight, size, color, profile

5-Spinning with a darter jig and 3, 4, or 5" grub or weightless T-rigged plastic- often a Trickworm

Unless I'm night fishing or locked in on jig bite, I will always have at least 3 plastic rigs on deck.

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I may have as few as 3 or as many as 9 depending on what I am doing. I don't like to retie so if I am fishing laydowns I need a bunch.

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I normally have two spinning reals rigged with some kind of texas rig ready to go in the rod holders on the kayak at any time.

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All of'em :D with two of them being a soft plastic trailer on the back of a Football and a Brush Jig!

Big O

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About half of them, sometimes more. That includes two or three rods rigged with a jig and craw.

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At least 2 most of the time, some times more. It seems I always have a spinning rod rigged up with a drop shot, and a 7' MH/fast casting rod with a t-rig on it.

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I think I always have half of my rods rigged for soft plastics. You can always present something different to the fish when it comes to soft plastics.

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At least 75% for me, sometimes 100% (up to 10 rods).

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Sometimes none, sometimes 75% or more. Just depends on the time of year, what they're eating, where I'm fishing. I like to fish soft plastic baits, but I won't force it if that's not what they're biting on. Here in the Ozarks Mts, it's all about hard jerkbaits in the winter, for example.

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I understand the desire to carry a number of rods while boat fishing, my boat fishing is strictly offshore ocean and I use 3 rods. When it comes to freshwater I'm on foot 100% of the time, carry but 1 rod, and I don't like plastic baits, my answer is zero. I will have a pack of flukes in my pocket just in case weedless fishing is an absolute must, it's my last resort.

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It depends heavily on the lake I'm fishing and the time of year. I will always have two jig rods rigged (I'm counting these as plastics because of the trailers...) I will usually have a Carolina rig and one Texas Rig. Those four are the standards.

IF I'm on a plastics lake, I may have as many as 10 or 12 rigged with plastics. If I'm on a body of water that I typically do better cranking on, I may have only two out.

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Thanks for the replies. I fish mainly shallow water lakes and canals so flipping/pitching is usually what I'm doing the most of.

I basically have a Frog Rod,Buzzbait rod, spinnerbait rod,crankbait rod then 6 or 7 rods rigged with jigs,tx rigs,weightless plastics most of the year.

During the short period of colder months Dec-Jan when the water temps are below 58* the spinnerbait gets replaced with a chatterbait and my buzzbait rod gets rigged with a finesse jig. I usually will start throwing a lipless crank instead of a billed crank and my wacky worm rod gets rigged with a shaky head. We do not have very deep waters so the fish bunch up around any remaining cover and wood and head to the deeper canals which deep for us in the winter could be only 5 ft.

Usually by late feb depending on the winter they will start eating top water baits again and begin staging to spawn.

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Depends on where and when, but most of the time I'm in the Big-O camp and all rods are rigged with plastics and jigs. Sometimes one spinnerbait and/or one jerkbait.

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I usually have a technique rod for pitching (often a soft plastic or else it is a jig)

Rod for worms

Spinning rod with a senko or finesse worm

so 3 most the time

(out of 6)

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Only my #1 is my plastic setup. Shimano Curado, Berkley Lightning rod med/heavy, 65lb spiderwire. I use a 0/5 Hook, with 1/8 bullet weight. Lizards, Paddletails, Brushhogs, etc. I can use them all on the same rig. (this is why its my #1).

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