How To Fish With Soft lures
Soft lures models keep on evolving with at least new model being introduced every now and then. This is why there are many sorts of soft lures. This gives anglers a wider variety of game fishing baits to select from. Soft lures have lots of advantages, if compared to hard bodied lures for example, cranks and bait spoons. When a fish strikes on a soft lure it feels natural and ends up mouthing a longer part of the lure, giving the angler enough time to set up the hook. In this article we look at how to fish with soft lures.
How Soft Lures Are Made
Before we proceed with how you can set up a soft lure and use it for fishing, it is astute that you understand more about soft lures. Below is an overview on how soft lures are made.
When making soft lures, a plastic is heated up to the time it melts. The resulting liquid is then poured into a mold where its shape is replicated and thus, can be used for holding insects, frogs, lizard, crawfish, baitfish, worm, grub and other fishes. No chemical procedures are used in the shaping & sizing. It is done physically.
In the procedure, additional ingredients are added to help appeal to the senses of the targeted fish and also meant to scare un-aimed organisms living in water. Most of the time, these additional ingredients are made from standardized flavors, metal flakes, layered colors and scents. This makes them attractive to the fish with and makes them weird for the un-aimed organisms. For this reason, a research is required to help identify other water bodies, the favors and likeable scents. After this, scents and colors that scare the untargeted creatures are added on the lures.
Currently, more techniques have been introduced ; they include adding real life features like minnow baits to replicate scales of baitfish, translucent & holographic flash as those on shads, feelers resembling those on amphibians, web feet, floating claws like those on crawfish and rings replicating those on grubs & worms. This attracts more fish and thus, gives better results.
Setting up Soft Lures, Ready to Fish
When using soft lures for fishing, you must understand how to set it up. There are various ways you can set up soft lures depending on the type of fish you are targeting.
In vertical or cast fishing, small soft lures often make use of ultra light spinning gears which are spooled and made with a 4-6Ib test monofilament to suit crappies and pinfish fishing. For other fish species, for example smallmouth and walleyes, anglers must set up baits using a medium-sized soft lure. In addition, they must remember to use a medium light and a moderate spinning gear made with a 6-8Ib test monofilament if they want to get the best results.
If you are using larger soft lures made with hooks, you must use medium-sized baits. If you want to get a larger mouth bass, choose heavy baits made with casting gears that are spooled using 16Ib monofilament lines.
Advantages of Using a Soft Lure to Fish
Now that you understand how to fish with soft lures and you also know how set up soft lures, consider the following advantages of using a soft lure to fish.
• The hook is rigged where it can only be buried into bait’s body and cannot snag underwater, not because of obstructions created by dense weeds, logs, brush and rocks located deep in water. All the same, its hook easily penetrates through the bait once you set up the hook.
• You can introduce scents that attract fish. This is done by treating the lure with bottled-paste attractants. Often, soft lures makers mold them with such attractants and therefore, there is no need to apply it again if this is the case.
• Another advantage is that soft lures holds scents for a longer period if compared with hard bodied lures which always wash off quickly.
When using soft lures for fishing, you will of course get better results than a person using hard lures. Soft lures not only attracts more fish but also make fishing to be easier and more successful for you.
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