Oak Orchard River Bass Anglers

July 2019


If you had to use only one lure type for the rest of your bass fishing career, what lure type would you choose?

I don’t know about you, but I would have to go with a soft plastic lure.  In my mind soft plastics are the most efficient and effective of all lure types because of:



Natural appearance and texture


Variety of shapes, sizes, colors and presentation techniques

Ability to effectively and efficiently cover any potential bass holding position

Ability to trigger instinctive, reactive strikes from bass during both feeding and spawning season, in any water body type and under any, and all, seasons, weather and water conditions and activity levels.

In my mind two things are extremely important when fishing soft plastics: lure action and lure color.  To me lure action is the easiest to achieve.  It is the easiest because I believe that it is always the appearance of vulnerability that triggers instinctive, reactive strikes from bass.  It is not erratic movement or speed of retrieve that triggers bass to strike.  It is the appearance of vulnerability that does. 

Now I know this goes against everything that you have ever been told or heard, but it is my conclusion after over 60 years of bass fishing experience and study of bass behavior.  I believe if you would just take the time to objectively think it through, you too would come to the same conclusion. 

One of the most impressive stats that I ever came cross while studying bass behavior, is the fact, based on the findings of scientific study, that predator fish strike vulnerable prey 10 times more often than they strike normal prey.  10 times more often!  Think about that for a second.  Who wouldn’t want to use an action that can increase the chances of getting a strike by a factor of 10?  Seriously? 

Here’s another amazing fact based on the findings of scientific study.  Bass hang onto soft plastic lures 6 times longer than they do wood or plastic lures.  6 times longer.  Think about that for a while.  Who wouldn’t want 6 times longer to set the hook after a strike?  I know that I need all of the help I can get. 

Have you ever looked at the stats on lure types that catch big bass?  What you will find, if you combine all soft plastics into a single lure category, is that soft plastics always account for the greatest number of big bass caught of all basic lure types, including natural baits. 

Here is something else to consider.  A soft plastic lure is a soft plastic lure, regardless of its shape or how it is presented.  Sometimes man likes to over think and complicate simple issues by adding meaningless details.  Worms, grubs, lizards, tubes, creature baits, stickbaits, frogs, toads or whatever.  They are all soft plastic lures.  The only differences are in shape, size and color.  Did I mention that soft plastics offer extreme versatility? 

When using soft plastics an angler needs to establish 2 things: lure color and lure size.  In that order.  There will always be a specific lure color that appeals to big bass and that color will seldom be the same lure color that is catching lots of bass.  In my experience, if you are using the right lure color, you a have a chance of catching a bass even though you may be using the wrong size.  However, for me, the opposite has never proven true.  If I am using the wrong color, I am extremely unlikely to catch any bass even if I am using the correct lure size.  What this means to me is that I always need to try to determine the right color first before I worry about getting the lure size right.  

One final thought.  In my opinion, it is not speed of retrieve or erratic movement that triggers instinctive, reactive strikes from bass.  I know, I know.  That’s not what everybody else says.  I don’t care.  In my opinion, it is the appearance of vulnerability that triggers instinctive, reactive strikes from bass.  I have proven this to my own satisfaction. 

In my opinion, no predator worth his salt will ever pass up vulnerable prey, especially extremely vulnerable prey.  Genetically, predators have evolved to instinctively exploit vulnerable prey whenever it is encountered.  I also know for a fact that no predator can act against instinct.  If instinct mandates action, then a predator has no choice.  It has to take that action.

Just my two cents worth, but you might want to give it some thought.  Catch a big one!         


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