A lot of fisherman don’t know what they are missing out when it comes to weightless soft plastic baits. Before the 2010 year, I never even thought of using a weightless soft plastic bait.
That’s until Da Greek Yooper gave me some insight that some of the pros were using this method during fish fly season. Sometimes that’s the only thing smallmouth bass will bite on, it can imitate a clump of fishfly larvae falling or even a crawdad crawling on the bottom. It’s sort of similar to the drifting method I mentioned earlier in the year, which also can be very effective during fish fly year.
No matter what the soft bait imitates, it’s not just the looks that entices the fish into biting the lure, it’s the presentation. In the video JP DeRose stresses how important it is to only twitch the bait a few times, then let it flutter to the bottom. It doesn’t end there, JP DeRose also talks about how important using the right line, rod, and reel can be for fishing this method. It might take a few times to practice the method first before you get it right, remember practice makes perfect.
Fishing this method takes some patience as well, I’ve tried it and since Lake St. Clair can be deep in spots, it make take sometime for the lure to sink near the bottom. It’s obvious that using a weightless soft plastic bait is best for shallower areas of the lake. But you can still try it in 6-10 feet of water, you just never know where the fish might be hanging out. For more information make sure you watch the whole fishing video.