Oct 15, 2019

What is live bait?

The Basics to Fishing with Plastics 

By: Blake Tollefson 

Unless you’ve spent the last several years living under a rock, you’ve heard all the buzz about fishing with plastics. They have taken hold in the fishing industry and for good reason. There are some serious advantages to the fake stuff.

If you haven’t used plastics, then there’s a good chance you have some questions about using them. Here’s some of the more common questions I hear on a regular basis. 

Why should I fish plastics?

Plastics are a great alternative to live bait. First, and foremost, it eliminates the need for live bait. It saves that valuable fishing time because a stop at the local bait ship isn’t necessary. Second, re-baiting isn’t required nearly as often. Most plastics will allow for numerous fish without replacement. Last, no aerators or special temperatures required because plastics don’t die. 

What colors should I use? 

Recommended color choices are highly dependent on water clarity. Natural colors, such as gold, brown, and green pumpkin, will often excel in clear water. Brighter colors, like pink and chartreuse, are typically a better choice in stained water. Colors like red and white are effective in varying degrees of water clarity. Despite the recommendations, there are always exceptions to the rules, so make sure to carry a little everything. If a color is not producing, then trying opting for something a little different.

How should I rig the plastics? 

The possibilities for rigging plastics are truly endless.  However, the large majority of plastics are designed to be fished via horizontal presentations. If using a jig to present the plastic, thread it through the center and through the top until it sits un-kinked on the jig. 

When fishing with plastics intended for such presentations, it is vital that the entire jig and plastic set up remains horizontal. There are two common ways to accomplish this: 

(1) Rotate the knot the on the jig until it sits perpendicular to the line. See picture below. 

(2) Use a jig with a 90 degree jig. These types of jigs are specially designed to stay horizontal.

Other popular options for rigging plastics include vertical presentations, such as tipping spoons, and “vertizontal” presentations. Examples of both are pictured below.

How should I fish with plastics?

Jigging is the most universal presentation for fishing with plastics. To fully understand the movement required for different types of plastics, jig the plastic at the base of the hole prior to dropping down on fish. Varying degrees of jigging, coupled with slight pauses may be required in order to entice fish to bite. However, it’s important to remember that plastics advantages shine when they are being moved.