I started my lure fishing life throwing small soft plastics and still recall my very first lure caught fish. It was a tiny tailor on a Squidgy Bloodworm Wriggler. Even though I don’t fish soft plastics as often now, that lure is still in my rotation of soft plastics.
The fundamentals of soft plastic fishing were pretty evident to me on that first trip. The right lure can replicate a fish so well that when I first saw the wriggler swimming, I thought that no fish could refuse. This thought justified my decision to just slow roll it (and is most definitely the reason why I caught a tailor – they love fast moving lures). The action the wriggler emits is still a favourite among anglers and rightfully so.
What wasn’t evident to me at the time, that I just happened to luck upon that day was the importance of feeding the plastic on straight and making sure that the hook point exited the body of the wriggler in the most natural position. For the amount of hours I have spent on the water since then, I still make this fundamental mistake, whether I don’t feed the lure on straight or have to stretch or bunch up the lure because of where the hook point exits the body.
The first thing to remember is feeding the hook on straight is about symmetry. Ensuring the hook bisects the lure and the hook point exits the body in the most natural location will help make it swim upright and with the desired action.
Now let’s assume that all soft plastics are made equally, rigging your jighead should be as simple as doing these two things.
- Measure twice, rig once – Take your jighead and hold it next to the body of the soft plastic, taking note of where the bend of the hook sits against the soft plastic (use your thumb or fingers to mark this location – this is where the hook point should exit the body
- Shoot straight – Starting from the nose, feed the hook through the centre of the soft plastic, ensuring that the hook and shank stay along the centre line of the soft plastic, push the hook point through at the spot we marked at step 1.
Once you’ve fed it through and you’ve neatened it up a little bit, you’re done, this will get you started and have the best possible presentation for your lures.