Saturday, January 22, 2011
Soft baits the "new flies"
What you are looking at are "new flies". I have been using these "flies" with my fly rod, to catch bass. I consider these to be no different than using the salt water "gummy minnows" for fishing. For years spin and bait fishers have had access to these baits. A great deal of research and development has been done to perfect & offer the public a reliable alternative to live bait. A friend in Texas posted pictures of his experiments with a weedless rigs for bass. Last season I began to experiment with soft baits also. I had great success with these rigs while fishing for Large Mouth Bass. Some of my biggest bass were caught when I fished soft baits in the ponds and lakes of New York City.
Last year I began to glue these mini tube baits to # 6 and #2 bait hooks. Unfortunately, the glue did not hold the baits in place long while I fished. This season I'm using small jig heads to keep the soft baits in place while I fish. I have also experimented with a glue gun in an effort to find a light weight method of fixing the soft bait to a hook.