|Originally posted by Sergio:
Thanks for the tip Dan.
My main problem with soft plastic swimbaits is that I tear them during the cast. I have found very few soft swimbaits of 4 - 6" that can stand being casted +100 yds with a 12' rod. In Mexico it is very hard to find lures or in this case plastic swimbaits, but we did have here available and injection molded type that could stand the pounding of a powercast. I can no longer find this plastic here and that is bad as it was a good one. The best one of the probably more than 100 different types I have tried.
I think that if the design is appropiate you do not need a very soft body to see that tail moving from side to side and also when the bite is fast and furious, sometimes changing the body will stop it for a while. I prefer to keep casting that mangled but still swimming body than put a new one. Dont ask me to explain why this happens, but it happens very frequently, so I prefer a firmer lure that does not tears as easily as those that do everytime a fish is caught.
I can see that there is an additive that can make a firmer body that will not tear as easily. Can somebody comment about this addtiive?
I sent you a pm. In addition to pouring your own baits and fooling around with the hardness, you might want to look at how your attaching the bait in the first place. I've post my preference before, but here's another look
Now my fishing is on rock ledges and I want a horizontal presentation, more of a sprial on the fall during a pause, more realistic action and that's why I weight my baits as shown. This combined with a 90 degree jig hook, mean a screw lock gives me a great way to hold the bait and also almost make this rigging snaggless.
If you need lead to get those 100 yard casts, but still want the advantage of a screwlock, then I'm sure certain style or size lead head jigs would lend themselves to this approach. Others use superglue, but I say why bother, then the baits get ripped off with a hunk left on the head.
Let me know if I can help.