Soft Baits

Specific types of Soft Plastic Lures: Jerkbaits, Creature Baits, Craws, Grubs, Trailers, Goby Baits, Jointed Swimbaits, Baitfish, frog, buzzbait, Lizards and more.


Soft Baits

Soft baits are a type of lure, usually made of plastic, rubber or silicone, and are made to look like various types of aquatic animals such as shrimp, frogs, insects, etc. Therefore, soft lures are available in a large variety of sizes and colours. The angler using soft baits uses the rod to make them simulate the dynamic swimming posture of natural creatures in the water to lure the target fish to attack the bait.

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What Are Soft Baits?

As the name implies, Soft Baits are usually soft in texture and differ from Hard baits, Soft baits are made of soft plastic. These soft baits can mimic some creatures very well and can produce a real worm-like movement in the water, which is very effective when fishing for bass. Their soft bodies and swimming position give the bass the feeling of encountering real prey, so soft baits tend to work better than Hard Baits.

Because soft baits have a soft texture, they result in being more easily torn or ripped apart by biting fish. High quality soft plastics are often impregnated with salt, which effectively increases their longevity.

Softbaits is a general term for a broad category of lures that includes, but is not limited to, soft plastic worms, grubs, lizards, leeches and other forms of soft plastic lures. Very popular baits like Jerkbaits and swimbaits are often available in Hard body types as well.

What Types Of Soft Baits Are There?

Soft baits' lifelike action in the water makes them more likely to attract fish and trigger them to strike. Some high-quality soft baits are made with added scents, dyes, foil, etc., all of which are designed to enhance its attractiveness to the target fish, followed by some common categories of soft baits.


Soft plastic worms come in a variety of lengths and tail designs, you can find paddle tails, curl tails, straight tails and more, the different tail designs are designed to mimic certain movements. Regardless of length and shape, the main action of these soft plastic worms comes from the tail, which slaps and vibrates as the lure moves through the water.

Plastic worms have stood the test of time as an effective method of catching bass and are suitable for use in almost every condition.

Soft Jerkbaits

Like the hard plastic jerkbait, the soft jerkbait can be manipulated with jerks and jerks to produce different movements that mimic those of an injured minnow. Soft jerkbait feature a slender minnow profile with a forked or straight tail, and the soft material makes their wiggling action more realistic than hard jerkbaits, and bass will attack soft jerkbait.

In addition to natural colors, a variety of other vibrant colors will be available, with more colorful colors being more effective in murky water conditions. The soft jerkbait can usually be hooked up to a variety of jigs.

Creature Baits

These soft plastic lures for bass fishing are usually slender and with multiple appendages. The category is broad and vaguely defined, and a number of Creature Baits can be counted in it; they may mimic lizards or anything that swims in the water; for example, one Creature Bait is designed with an upper part that resembles the body of a lizard and a lower part with crayfish-style pincers. The extra appendages make them move in the water to help them look more like living things.

The unique design of the Creature Baits makes them an excellent choice for fishing in active waters where bass may have adapted to more popular lures such as worms and lizards.

Frogs and Toads

Hollow frog lures are basically made to look like frogs and toads, with hooks pre-installed in the bodies of these lures. Some frog lures have legs that can rotate and flippers designed to allow them to act like propellers when moving on the surface, slapping the water and attracting predatory fish.

Soft Stick Baits

Typically these Soft Stick Baits are submerged designs that have a good sink rate and do not require additional weighting when used in some shallow waters, usually these soft baits will have salt. These strange soft baits produce action in the tail as they are cast and then sink, attracting the target fish.


As the name suggests, soft craws are lures made to imitate the shape of a craws, with an exaggerated pincer design on the body that can be used with ball jig heads.


Grubs are usually a cylindrical body and a twisted tail design, the large tail provides it with a swinging action in the water, there are also double-tailed Grubs present.

Soft Swimbaits

Swimbaits have not been around in bass fishing for very long. There are many species in this category, all of which can catch fish, especially the soft paddle tail Swimbaits, which are gradually becoming a must-have lure for many anglers. These lures can be fished at any depth, and the weedless models excel in sparse to moderate cover.

Ned Rig Baits

The Ned rig bait is a very simple set of lures with an unobtrusive appearance. The Ned Rig is designed to hang some small plastic worms, or creatures, and consists of a soft lure and a jig head. The jig head usually has a flat surface, resembles the appearance of a mushroom head, and is not very heavy. Various types of soft baits are hung on the hook, cast out and waited for it to sink to the bottom and start dragging, allowing the baits to create a swimming position and a sound that hits the bottom to attract predatory fish to attack the bait.

How To Choose The Right Soft Bait?

Soft baits contain a wide variety of species, and different soft baits are needed to deal with different conditions. It is impossible to expect one soft bait to catch fish in all scenarios. Here is a general summary of a few factors to consider when choosing the right soft bait.

Species of Fish

The lure you choose and the fish you are going to target need to be matched, the size, dimensions and design purpose of the lure are all different, for example if you are targeting Crappies, it would be very unwise to bring a very long Shad bait with you. Determine the type of fish you are targeting and then choose your lure according to the type.

Water Clarity

This factor is also important because some fish rely heavily on vision for feeding. If you use a lure that is similar in color to the body of water in murky water, there is a good chance that the fish in the water will not find the lure you are throwing, much less catch it.

In clear water you can use natural colors, such as black, silver, etc. You can also choose this way when there is sunlight, or natural bright colors, such as pumpkin, watermelon, they have good visibility in such conditions.

But for use in murky and unclear waters, you can't choose natural colors, you need to try to choose lures with exaggerated colors, these bright and exaggerated colors help to improve its visibility and let the fish find them.


Finally, weather can have an equally big impact on lure selection. Cold fronts require smaller, slower action presentations because the fish's metabolism slows down during cold fronts. It generally doesn't look for food, but it will eat snacks, so you should fish with smaller lures.

A steady bright day will allow you to use larger lures. Bigger lures for bigger fish. If the weather continues to be very good and you want to catch bigger fish, you can change to a larger size lure.