Hey folks, Glenn May here with BassResource. com. And today I wanna talk to you about fishingplastic baits, fishing plastic worms, thosetype of things. Now if you’ve been fishing ’em for a while,you’re bound to pick up a few tips from thisvideo. And if you’re new to fishing, if you wannatry out fishing plastic lures and baits, thisvideo’s definitely for you. What I wanna do is talk to you a little bitabout the kind of equipment, the universalsetup if you will, for fishing plastic lures,and then I’m gonna take you through some ofthe different techniques that have workedfor all kinds of plastic baits. So let’s talk about equipment, starting withthe rod. What I have here is a medium-heavy power,fast action tip rod. Seven foot. This is arguably, you know, the leatherman. This is the universal tool that you can usefor fishing all kinds of baits. Matter of fact, I’ve got three or four rodslike this in my rod locker right now, allrigged up with a couple of different baits. This is your standby. This is the. . . If you’re starting out getting rods and reels,this is the one you wanna start with, really. It’s a seven foot, medium-heavy power fastaction rod. Paired with it here is a, just your, you know,baitcasting reel. Anywhere, any time, you know. . . Any gear above 6. 3:1 is really a good gearratio. This one’s about 7. 1, I think it is. You want a good, strong drag system, and asmooth casting reel so that’s easy to adjust,works just fine. You know, you don’t have to go with the mostexpensive out there, but don’t go cheap either,you just want a really good drag system. That’s the most important thing, really nice,smooth drag system. That’s key. And then line, 15 pound line. I use copolymer line. Braid, I know a lotta people like braid, butbraid isn’t all that universal. It tends not to do as well in rocks. It can get frayed and dinged up in there,nicked. So what I like to do is use copolymer line. Fluorocarbon is great, it’s also a bit expensive. We’re looking for a universal setup that worksin all kinds of conditions. I think copolymer works best for that. You can use fluorocarbon if you want, if yourbudget lets you do that, but I’m not gettingfancy here, we’re not using leaders or anythinglike that. It’s just straightforward, easy fishing. Tied onto that is your plastic bait. I’ve got. . . You can use a plastic worm, any kind of thing,anything you want that’s made outta plastic. This happens to be the Rage Tail Rage Bug,one of my favorites. Absolutely love it. What I’m using here is a three-eighth ouncetungsten bullet sinker, tied on with a 3/0hook. That is your universal setup. That’s pegged with a bobber stopper rightthere, if you can see that. That’s universal. You can swap this bait out and put just aboutany bait on there that’s made outta plasticand you don’t have to rerig everything, sothat’s. . . it’s very versatile. That’s what I like the most about this. So that’s your setup, that’s your rig. Let’s talk a little bit about how to fishthese baits, any kinda plastic bait. The first and most easy one to do, is justcast it out there. Just cast it and let it sink. Flip the bail over, and what you wanna dois watch that line. And you wanna be in contact with it, so don’tlet it fall completely on slack line, butmaintain contact with it. So semi-slack. Reel up some of the slack and feel it withyour rod tip. A lotta times the bite will come, and you’llfeel that through your rod tip, you’ll feelthat boink, right?You know, a bump, bump, right through yourrod. But oftentimes the bite happens when you arejust looking at the line. Watch where that line enters the water, andif you see it bump, twitch, go sideways, ifit does something that you didn’t do, oddsare a fish did that, so you better set thehook. The other thing I want you to do when youcast out like that is pay attention to howlong it takes before it hits the bottom. Cast it out there, and if you have to, dosome sorta countdown, some cadence. One, two, three, four, okay there, it hitthe bottom, all right?So now I know about how deep it is there. And if you’re going along fishing a shoreline,and every time you cast it’s about a fourcount, five count, then one of your castsall of a sudden is one and it stops, a fishprobably just opened his mouth and grabbedit and he’s just sitting there, and you neverfelt a thing, but because you were payingattention to that fall, set the hook, okay?Swings are free. If you’re not sure if it’s a fish or not,set the hook. And speaking of that, before I get to thecouple other techniques here, when you setthe hook, here’s the deal. What a lotta people do, they do a feel gamewith the fish, right?They throw it out there, it falls, they’rein contact with it, they’re in the hook setposition ready to go, and what they do isthey’re. . . they think there’s a fish there,they feel something going on, and so theyreel down, they’re tightening on the line,they’re feeling, and then they feel anothertug, and they’re like, “Okay, that’s a fish,”and then they set the hook, right?That’s not a very good hook set. If your line is already tight, what’s gonnahappen is the fish, he’s got his mouth onit, okay, he’s clamped down on it, and ifyour line’s already tight, you’ve probablysnugged up that. . the bullet sinker right upto the inside of his mouth. So if you set the hook, what you’re gonnado is turn his mouth around. You’re gonna turn his head. The bait really isn’t gonna move very far,if at all in his mouth, so the hook reallyisn’t gonna set. If this has ever happened to you, you’re fishinga plastic bait, you’re fishing the. . . fishingall the way back. . . Sorry, sorry, you set the hook, you’re fightingthe fish back, and all of a sudden, it comesloose. You’re like, “What the heck. “And you bring it all the way back and youlook, and guess what?The hook hasn’t even come out of the bait. Well that’s what happened, okay?You set. . . you hit the sinker on the insideof his mouth and he never got his mouth openenough for that hook to penetrate. So, here’s what I want you to do when youset the hook. When you cast it out there, you’re ready. . . First of all, the hook set position is youhave it down here, but what happens, and I’llshow you this when you’re. . . in the next techniques,you’re lifting up and if you feel a bite,reel down, but don’t reel up tight. Reel down until you almost have it all theway tight, then set the hook, and set it hard,okay?What you’re doing is you’re throwing slackin the line, or if you’ve. . . say for instanceyou’re feeling that game, you’re doing thatfeel game, if you feel that, that’s tight,and you feel that fish, drop the rod tip,then set it. Throw some slack in it. Then what you’re gonna do with that is yourrod’s gonna gain momentum, and speed, andpower before it starts to move the bait infish’s mouth. Then when you do that, you’re gonna piledrivethat hook into his mouth. If this bait is up against of. . . inside hislips, right inside his mouth, if you set itup that hard, this cone shape, it’s actuallygonna shoot through his mouth. It will have enough power to go through hismouth and then the hook will catch, and you’llget a good hook set. So always have a little bit of slack in yourline before you set the hook. That’s key. That’s key to fishing these baits. You’re gonna catch a lot more fish if youchange your hook set that way. All right, so let’s talk about a couple otherretrieves. So first thing you do is you cast it out there,let it sink, you’re casting it to a bush,or a dock, or something, it hits the bottom. What you wanna do is let it sit for a secondand just keep the line tight, and see if afish comes and picks it up. And you can sit there for 5 seconds, 10 seconds,or a minute, it’s up to you. But I usually let it sit for a couple secondsand if don’t feel anything, then what I’lldo is I’ll reel down tight and I’ll lift itup with the rod tip, and then I’ll let itsink on semi-slack line. You can see I’m reeling it, but alls I’m doingis I’m reeling up the slack line as I bringthe rod tip down. I’m not reeling the bait. Lift it up again to about the nine. . . 10:00position, and let it drop right back down. If he doesn’t hit in the first couple of bites,or first couple of pumps, then I reel it backin. Most of the time the bite happens as the baitis falling, so that technique works reallywell when the fish are active and they’rehitting it when the bait is falling. However, there’s other techniques. If they don’t wanna hit it while it’s. . . whileyou’re doing it that way, another techniqueis once it hits the bottom, you wanna scootthe bait along the bottom. Keep it on the bottom. Crawl it on the bottom. The way to do that, keep your rod tip downand don’t move it with the reel, just moveit with the rod tip. Just slowly move it with the rod tip. Now you reel up the slack as you bring yourrod tip back. Now you’re ready to bring it back again. Just slowly move it with the rod tip. Now you have slack in it, you reel up thatslack as you bring your rod tip back. You’re just crawling it along the bottom. Okay, that looks like a little bait fish,maybe a sculpin or a crawdad scurrying alongthe bottom. A lotta times the bass will chase it and they’llpick it up right off the bottom. If you get that hooks. . . if you get that bite. . . Again, if you’re all the way out here andyou get that bite, reel up first, get thatslack, and then set the hook. Don’t try to hook set all the way back here. You’re gonna bring it all the way back, andnow you’re like, you can’t really set thehook, there’s nothing left, you don’t haveany power. Okay, so. . . And that’s the same thing whenever you cast,if you notice, I do it instinctively now,but a cast, first thing I do is I bring therod tip down, I’m ready for the hook set position. Don’t keep your rod up way up here, you havenothing left, there’s nothing to hook setwith. Keep it down here. All right, so let’s give you another technique. This what I like to do is, I like to bringthe bait back, I like to swim it back a littlebit. What I do is I just keep it right off thebottom and I’m slowly reeling it, keepingit just a few inches off the bottom. This works really well, especially if you’refishing, say, in hydrilla, or you’re fishingit in milfoil. You wanna keep it right off the top of that,where the fish are buried in there, you’llentice them to come back out. So make a nice long cast, let it get downto it, and then alls you’re gonna do is, you’regonna bring your rod tip up a little bit,and this varies, it depends on how deep thebait is and how deep the vegetation is. Sometimes you’re gonna have your rod tip uphere, but I like to keep it down as low asI can get away with and just slowly swim it,just slowly reel it over the top of the vegetation. And wait for that bite. Again, get ready for the hook set position,get ready to set that hook whenever that fishbites it, because boy you better be ready. Because when those fish hit it, you gottaslam it home. Because again, that hook point’s texposed,it’s buried a little bit in this bait. Those are the basic retrieves that I use whenI’m fishing plastic baits. For the most part, you can catch fish doingany of those retrieves, be it you’re fishingdocks, you’re fishing weeds, you’re fishingsubmerged trees, whatever, it’s the same differenttypes of techniques, or same techniques fordifferent types of baits, whether it’s a RageBug like this, or you’re fishing a plasticworm, or a lizard, or anything like that. Anyway, I hope those tips helped. For more tips and tricks like this, and forthe answers to all your questions about bassfishing, visit BassResource. com.