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How To Use Plastic Lures: Beginners Guide to Using Soft Plastics

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Soft plastic lures are widely used and loved by many anglers. They’re just one of the many different types of artificial lures that can be used to replace live baits. If you're a beginner angler and thinking of buying soft plastic lures, we've prepared a quick rundown of the things you need to know about them and how you can use them to your advantage.

What Are Soft Plastic Lures?

Soft plastic lures are flexible rubber-like baits that mimic a variety of aquatic critters. Soft plastic lures can be anything from minnows, worms, and crawfish to lizards and frogs. These lures come in various shapes, colours, and can be fished effectively in almost any water condition. Soft plastic lures are frequently used for bass fishing.

What Are The Benefits Of Using Soft Plastic Lures?

If you want to make your next fishing trip a successful one, you might want to consider bringing soft plastic lures into your tackle box. Here's why:

Wide Range Of Designs

Soft plastics are available in an almost infinite number of shapes and sizes. From curl tails and paddle tails, to frogs, crustaceans, creature baits and a lot more! This lets anglers to match the lure to what the target fish are feeding on or attract the fish by producing an action unseen in their natural environment. Because soft plastic lures can come in a variety of colours, you can choose one that would really stand out once you cast them into the water.


As plastic lures can be mass produced, this has made them affordable for anglers. You can buy soft plastic lure packs in different quantities. They can also be cleaned and reused, unlike real fresh bait. DAIWA's range of soft plastic lures are extremely flexible, durable, and excellent value for money.


Soft plastic lures look and feel a lot more realistic than some other types of baits. They can be scented to smell just like a real fish and can be rigged to almost any species that eats them. 

Low Maintenance

Unlike real baits that you need to store in a cooler, you can just toss plastic lures into your tackle box all day. They won't get messy and smell and can always be ready to go in your bag, vehicle, or boat.


Soft plastics can be rigged in a number of different ways so you can fish freely from the surface to deep water offshore. They are designed to suit different techniques, environments and applications.

When To Use Soft Plastic Lures?

Soft plastic lures imitate a variety of aquatic critters like minnows, worms, and crawfish, lizards and frogs. Soft plastic lures are often used for bass fishing. When using soft plastics, make sure to select the right size and colour for the conditions and target species. The colour of the lure should fit in naturally with the environment. Soft plastic lures can mimic the movement of a wounded creature. Just let the lure sink to the bottom and twitch your rod a few times. Pull the lure up in a few jerky moves If you get no hook-up.

Other Types of Lures You Can Try


Crankbait is known for its duck bill or lip on the front, letting it dive to greater depths and target bottom-dwelling fish like bass and barramundi. The crankbait lure is designed to dive under the surface and wobble when retrieved giving it the movement of a real fish.


Jig heads are generally used with soft plastics - they have a weighted head on one side and a hook on the other. The weighted head is used to sink the lure through the water column. Jigging is traditionally done in a vertical up and down movement. But you can try different variations or techniques for fishing depending on your needs. Jigs are great for targeting bottom feeders.


Spinners and spinnerbaits are built with metal using wire and blades. They usually feature a large single hook covered with a silicon skirt (that can also have hooks) that spins when the lure is pulled through the water. Great for Australian Bass! 


Flies are a type of fishing lure traditionally used in fly fishing. Fly fishing lures consist of just a single hook and a skirt made to resemble insects, crustaceans, or other prey. This is done by dressing a hook with things like feathers, fur, hair, nylon and other natural or synthetic materials. 

Metal Lures

Metal lures are usually made as solid objects from polished metal-like chrome-plated or stainless steel. Spoons, slugs, blades and deepwater jigs are some examples of metal lures. Metal lures are great for achieving casting distance and are easy to use. Metal lures are also durable and can be used to fish the entire water column and will catch everything from small trout to big game fish.

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