Glenn Walker fishing 2013 Plastics

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A Multitude of Plastic Baits for Bass, How to Select the Right Bait for you

Category : SOFT BAITS

For Bass anglers the options for selecting a plastic baits for Bass when flipping a Texas-rig or rigging it on your favorite jig are endless, well at least it may seem that way!  Sometimes the bass are on such a feeding binge that no matter what style, color or size plastic bait you select they will eat it, but other times the bite is tough and bass get selective in what bait they’ll eat.  When this happens here are some tips on selecting plastic baits for your next fishing trip.

Texas Rigs

When flipping a Texas-rig, the cover you are flipping around will dictate what type of plastic bait to select.  If you are flipping your bait into heavy vegetation, you’ll want to use a bait that is compact and has fewer appendages to get hung up on its descent to the bottom.  In these situations I’ll use a Zoom Z-Hog Creature bait, where as if I’m flipping the edge or more around sparse lilypads I like to rig up a craw.

In the spring and fall when the water temperature is cooler, using a plastic bait that moves less water is a good choice as the bass aren’t as active and want a presentation with less action, using a streamlined plastic is a good choice.

Then as soon as the water temperature starts to climb, as does the bass’s preference for a bait with more action, so I’ll start Texas-rigging a craw or creature bait with a kicking or curly tail.

Jig Trailers

The size of plastic you select as your jig trailer not only determines the size of your lure presentation you are putting in front of a bass, but more importantly it determines that rate of fall of your jig.  The larger the trailer, the slower the jig will fall and the more water disturbance it will create.  In stained water or if the bass are hitting your jig on the fall, using a full size chunk, like a Zoom Super Chunk is a good choice.

Whereas if the bass are only hitting your jig as it hits the bottom or after you move it along the bottom, you want your jig to get to the bottom quicker, so a smaller chunk like the Super Chunk Jr. is a better choice.

The color options for plastic baits on the market today are endless, green pumpkin this flake, watermelon that flake, so an angler can develop a liking to a handful of color options, which is important as an angler needs to develop confidence in that bait.  When selecting a color there are two ideologies to go with, one match the trailer to the natural forage or two go with something that is high visibility.

I like to match my trailer to the jig when the water is clear and the bass have more time to key in on water they are biting.  Many times when this happens I’ll be using a green pumpkin jig and a green pumpkin trailer.  Sometimes to give the trailer a little something extra I’ll dip the tips of the plastic in chartreuse dye, this helps the bait stand out just a bit or help it resembles a bluegill or crawfish in the water.

As you look to stock up on plastic for your next fishing trip or season, be sure to cover all of your base’s and have some different baits, in two sizes and several colors and you will have all your bases covered for fishing a Texas-rig or rigging up a jig trailer.

Glenn has been fishing tournaments for over ten years, spreading his passion and knowledge of the sport via articles and videos. He keeps busy fishing events across Minnesota and on the Mississippi River. Glenn’s sponsors include: Bass Boat Technologies, Ducky Products, Humminbird, Mercury Marine, Minn Kota, Plano, Rayjus, Seaguar, Simms, Snag Proof, The Rod Glove, TroKar, War Eagle Custom Lures, Witch Doctor Tackle, Wright & McGill and Zoom Baits. For more information check out or on Facebook at

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