At a Glance: Soft Baits
Soft baits are rubber, silicone or other soft plastics molded into swimbaits, grubs, worms, tubes and other baitfish patterns. They are packaged rigged or unrigged. Many soft baits can be used with plain hooks while others work best with jig heads. Jig heads are lead, tungsten, or tin weights molded onto specially designed hooks with long shanks to accept soft baits or materials to imitate various creatures. Soft baits come in a huge variety of colors and sizes, often within the specific lure series let alone as a tackle category. These options are geared towards specific types of predatory fish and their natural forage, as well as specific conditions in which you may be fishing. Fishing conditions which should be taken into consideration may include vegetation, water clarity, depth, temperatures, and use in freshwater or saltwater. Specific types of soft baits are swimbaits, grubs, worms, tubes, baitfish, eels, slugs and leeches, crawfish, crab and shrimp, creatures, frogs and mice, insects, larvae and waxies, and eggs. Each type of lure will suit specific tactics and styles, while often being versatile enough for multiple applications and tactics. Soft baits are quite versatile and can be cast and trolled, while many work best in vertical presentations such as ice fishing or from piers and are exceptional when float fishing. FishUSA offers the best selection of soft baits for panfish, trout, bass, pike, walleye, and many saltwater species.
Top brands of soft baits at FishUSA include Berkley, Storm, Bobby Garland, Strike King and Leland's Lures.