The spawn and soft plastics
When we start to see the bass bedding for the spawn nothing catches fish like soft plastics.

They are the universal bait that entices bedding fish and is easy for any angler to fish. One major advantage is that the presentations you can choose from are endless; just about any way you choose to rig your plastic will catch bass.
The important thing to keep in your knowledge base is weighting the plastic. Choosing the right weight is easy; anything less than a 1/8 oz. is generally the ticket to catching fish. It’s very rare that I weight it any heavier than a ¼ oz. and that would only be if it’s windy. In most cases it’s just enough to get the bait out easily while casting. Slow drop rates are the key. The other important part of plastics is using plastics that entice the bass. Maybe use something with legs and arms that flutter and make the bait move and drop slowly, like lizards. Missile Bait D-Bombs have great arms and are perfect spawn plastics.
The presentation I use a lot in this spawning time is to wacky rig a Missile Bait “48” stick bait. I generally rig it on a 1/8oz. shaky head to give the bait an easy drop without having to peg a slip weight. This set-up is easy for young and or inexperienced fisherman alike and all you need to do is have a little feel for the bite and you can catch fish and many times it’s a good fish. I also like to Texas rig an old fashioned lizard, there is just something about the way a lizard drops and moves that spawning fish love. This plastic is a bass favorite and it is always a great fish catcher. Colors to me were never very important but the thing I try to do is just match the water color with dark colors like watermelons etc., in bright clear water the brighter colors and whites seem to work well.
Fishing plastics in the spawn is easy presentation and one that anyone can be successful at; it’s a great way and time of year to get your children catching fish. There are generally lots of bites and opportunities for those grandkids to catch fish.
Captain Mike

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