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Fishing With Big Soft Plastics: Five
Principles To Consider
By Captain Mike Hogan
few reasons why we specialize in big soft plastic baits
for trophy sized game fish.
1. Opportunity Cost: Simply put, you'll weed
out some smaller fish. If you're targeting a trophy,
this point is worth considering. (I'm not a big fish
snob, but wouldn't you rather catch something bigger
if you had a choice?) By weeding out smaller fish you
are minimizing down time where you could be missing an
opportunity on other fish. Maybe your fish of a lifetime!
Also, hooked fish can sometimes spook others in a school.
You don't want to waste your BIG shot on a smaller fish.
2. Return on Investment: It's a pretty tough
life for a fish. Their daily focus is all about survival
and they make quick decisions, which are often based
on maximizing energy spent. A large predator is not going
to go too far out of its way to feed on something small
that might require more energy than is exerted in chasing
it. And don't forget - when you throw larger baits, your
fishing radius expands. I find this especially important
when I am working large areas of structure.
3. Visibility: Throw big predators something
they can see. Larger baits are simply more visible due
to their sheer size. What goes hand-in-hand with size
Enhance your lure's visibility with color and proper
presentation. Blues and purples are the most visible
in deep water conditions. At nighttime or in deep
water, I like using solid dark colors that will present
a well defined silhouette. In murky conditions, I'll
go to brighter colors such as chartreuse and bubble
4. Commotion: This one's simple. When large baits
are fished on the surface, they create a lot of commotion.
In this instance, widen your "fishing radius" by
helping predators locate your bait.
Sounds: When thinking about this from a soft bait
perspective, you can add rattles such as our Hogy
Eye rattles. Another trick is to try "popping" a
soft bait on the surface. My favorite way to do this
is using our Jiggn' Poppin' Hogy on the surface.
Also try "ripping" your soft bait across
the surface, thereby generating lots of commotion.
5. Movement: Larger baits such as our 14-
and 18-inch Hogys create a lot of commotion as they undulate
their way through the water. The general rule of thumb
is, the longer the soft bait, the more movement it will
Matching The Hatch: Sometimes to match the hatch you
must use large baits. The diets of trophy largemouth,
stripers, musky, tuna, billfish, yellow tail, ling cod,
grouper, big snappers, rooster fish, snook, tarpon, red
fish, cobia include baitfish well over 8 inches in length.
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