Rigging Soft Plastics for Bass

Now that the bass fishing season is going hot and heavy, it maybe time to review a few rigging techniques and tips for your next fishing adventure!.

Many bass anglers rely on plastic baits (worms, grubs, lizards, craws, etc.) as a big part of their bass fishing arsenal, therefore it’s always good to remind ourselves of the different rigging methods for soft plastics.

rigging soft plastics

Different types of soft plastic baits are designed to imitate the various types of forage bass and many of these rigs were created to combine a life-like presentation as well as creating a lure that is relatively snag-less.

I recently stumbled across a great web-page where the author prepared a wonderful series of posts and images describing the different rigging techniques.

You may want to check it out too :)

Just click on either the image above or the link below to access instructions on 11 different potential bass fishing rigs to try on your next trip to your favorite fishing hole…

Keys to Your Soft Plastic Success

Guide to Fall Bass Fishing Articles

If you’re like me, strong feelings with mixed emotions start to creep in when you first notice the earlier sunsets and cooler temperatures as summer gives way to fall. Just as the bright colors of autumn leaves yield to the dull hues of decay, so vacillates my spirit as I witness fall bass fishing heat up then ebb as winter approaches.

fall bass fishing

Among all the turmoil of the season’s transitions, one fact rings loud and clear …

Fall bass fishing provides the best opportunity for hopeful anglers to catch not only large numbers of bass but also the opportunity to hook that trophy “fish of a lifetime” we all dream about.

Over the last several weeks, we have posted a series of articles on this and an associated site providing fishing tips guiding you through the fall season.

In an attempt to make it easier to access information when you want it, we decided to compile a list of links to those posts below.

The link to each article is indented and italicized…

Summer to Fall Transition:

Bass in the Summer to Fall Transition

Lures for the Summer – Fall Transition

Early Fall Bassin':

 Early Fall and the Baitfish Factor

 Early Fall Bass Fishing

Bass Fishing in Mid-Fall:

Bass Fishing Thru the Mid-fall

Moving Shallow for Mid-fall Bass

Late Fall Bass Trends:

The Late Fall Period

Lures for Late Fall Bass Fishing

Late Fall to Winter Transition:

Late Fall to Early Winter Transition

Spinnerbaits & Late Fall Bass

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Tight lines & full live-wells all!

Old Roadbeds Are Bass Hotspots

Spring and fall are times of transition, especially in the bass’ world.

During the change from winter to spring and summer to fall, many bass move up from their deep water haunts towards the shallows to feed and partake in their annual species renewal rituals, either the spawn or feeding for winter…

Even during transitions from spring to summer and fall to winter, many bass reverse the process, migrating away from shallow cover towards deeper water havens.

During these shallow to deep transition periods, bass and many other fish follow pre-determined pathways such as points or inundated roadbeds (in man-made reservoirs) as migration routes…

In the following video and images, we take a look at different ways to identify these underwater bass highways using imagery, maps not to mention your eyes when exploring the shoreline of your favorite, man-made fishing holes…

Here are a few images from the “City and Northern Ramp” areas of Mozingo Lake for a different perspective from that shown in the video…

View of the old roadbed on the edge of the “City Ramp”

Mozingo Lake bass fishing structure

View of the old roadbed (note arrow) on the hillside across from the “City Ramp”

roadbeds and bass fishing

Excerpt from topographic map showing roadbed at “City Ramp” before inundation

topo maps for bass fishing

View of the road shot from the western shore of Mozingo at “North Ramp” while standing on old roadbed

Mozingo North Ramp Area

Rapala Original Floating Minnow: Simply Bass Catching Magic

The original Rapala “Floating Minnow” was one of the first lures introduced to the fishing world by Rapala in 1936.  Shortly thereafter, the company added jointed and sinking (Countdown) versions of the popular bait.

Constructed of balsa wood, the floating minnow series comes in seven different sizes and 22 possible color choices.  The three sizes I use in most bass fishing situations fall in the middle of the size range, namely the F07 (1/8 oz. & 2.75”), F09 (3/16 oz. & 3.5”) and F11 (3/16 oz. & 4.28”) mostly in silver, gold and perch color patterns.

Rapala Floating Minnow (F09) in Gold

Rapala Floating Minnow (F09) in Gold

Though the F11 can be fished with standard spinning or light casting gear, I typically fish either the F07 or F09 on a 6 to 6.5’ medium-light spinning rod with matching rod and 6 or 8 lb test monofilament line.

Bass & Fish Catching Magic

Rapala’s original floating minnow is one of the “go-to” baits in my tackle collection and it should be in yours too!

Why?

Simply because the floating minnow’s basic action on a straight retrieve mimics a wounded baitfish and the slow rise and quiver action imparted when using a stop and go retrieve can be deadly on bass.  It also works as a great topwater lure for those early morning outings when the lake surface is like a sheet of glass!

Years ago I also discovered a “secret” presentation technique putting bass in the boat when other presentations failed.  Though not complicated, one subtle change in a normal surface presentation seems to excite neutral fish and entice them to rise to the surface and slurp the minnow right off the surface!

Still surface water conditions are a must and they are even better if in the afternoon under a bright, sunny summer day.

Enter – The Quivering Dead-Stick Minnow

This presentation method starts with either the F07 (one I use most often) or F09 (if larger forage is present) tied to the line with either an Improved Clinch or Palomar knot rather than the Rapala knot used on normal cast and retrieve presentations.  The reason for the solid contact between the bait, line and rod will become apparent shortly.

After casting the floating minnow to the structure I am fishing, I let the minnow remain perfectly still until all rings from the initial impact have dissipated.

Next I start gently shaking the rod tip with slack in the line since I am not trying to move the lure towards me just impart vibrations causing it to quiver on the surface for several seconds.  When done correctly, the minnow appears to be shaking feverishly on the surface like a struggling baitfish and bass (plus other fish in the area) can’t resist taking advantage of this easy morsel.

The quivering dead-stick minnow presentation is absolutely deadly on those summer days when the afternoon wind quits and fish are selectively feeding on small insects and baitfish off the surface.

Tale a look at the following video from the folks at Rapala to see the floating minnow in action with a little more insight on fishing methods…