The soft-plastic stickbait is a game-changing lure. Here’s your guide on how to rig them.
It’s a simple bait to fish, and one of the most effective ways to catch a boatload of bass.
Cylindrical in shape, narrow at each end and often called by the brand name Senko, the soft-plastic stickbait has an alluring charm both largemouth and smallmouth bass find hard to resist.
Like any soft-plastic bait on the market, rigging options are endless. Here are our top four choices that are guaranteed to catch fish.
1. Wacky Rig
The most commonly used method when fishing a soft-plastic stickbait, the wacky rig is easy to work and always produces fish. The technique involves piercing a hook through the midsection of the bait with a weedless approach if conditions call for it.
Often called the “do nothing” rig, fishing a wacky-style stickbait is as simple as casting it out and letting it wiggle and wobble as it slowly sinks. Anglers should also utilize intermittent pulls of the rod, which will bring the bait dancing upward and forward.
If the water you’re fishing is relatively deep, or if you want the bait to sink quicker, you can use a weighted hook. A common household nail is another alternative, which you can insert into one or both ends.
2. Texas Rig
The profile of a soft-plastic stickbait is ideal for pitching, flipping and casting around cover and structure. A pegged or screw-in worm weight, in tandem with an appropriately sized worm hook does the trick.
Experiment with the weight of lead or Tungsten, depending on the cover or depth of the water you’re fishing. Jigging or hopping the bait will do the trick, too.
3. Shaky Head
If bass are in a finicky mood, a soft stickbait rigged on a shaky head is sure to grab their attention. Choose light jigs coupled with a 5-inch bait to tease and tempt bottom-hugging fish.
Work this presentation slowly along the bottom, delicately shaking the bait to give it a quivering, lifelike appearance.
4. Ned Rig
A hot technique that’s taking the bass fishing world by storm, the Ned Rig is one presentation bass love to chomp down on. Simply take a jig head and thread on half a soft stickbait. It’s that easy.
Work this bait in a variety of fashions: hop it, drag it, swim it or dead-stick it. The bass don’t seem to care.
Soft baits, such as the four outlined here, are best thrown on a spinning rod with braided line.
Give soft plastic stickbaits a go this fishing season. They truly are a wonder lure!
Pictured are the new Berkley ‘The General’ soft stickbaits.
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