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The PlasmaTail is one of the best baits for your drop shot rig but I also really like it because you can use it on other setups as well. In this post, I’m going to be talking about my favorite colors to use, all the ways I like to rig it up, and how to actually fish the PlasmaTail from BioSpawn.
The majority of people are going to use this type of bait for bass but I’m sure you could use it for other species as well. I really like using this type of worm when the bite is pretty slow. A lot of the time in the winter or post-spawn, bass won’t want to chase fast-moving lures, and that’s the exact time when you want to bring this guy out.
PlasmaTail Color For Bass
There are a number of different colors to pick from and you can also choose between two different sizes. I prefer the 4.5-inch PlasmaTail myself but the 6.5-inch will still work great. The color you go with will most likely depend on where you’re fishing. I’ve caught fish on a range of colors but I have had a bit more luck on a few.
My favorite PlasmaTail color is Blacklight and Green Pumpkin. I’ve found that those two colors can catch bass in pretty much every lake or pond. They can be used in the clearest lakes out there and they’ll still work in mud-filled ponds.
I think these two colors work well because they’re natural-looking. Blacklight is a black worm with purple glitter on it. Green Pumpkin is a darker green with black dots. Those colors are pretty common in most places and that’s why I like them. You can always experiment with others, but these two have given me the best results.
The gear you use really isn’t all that important but I think you’ll be able to have slightly better luck with a specific setup. As long as you’re able to cast the bait, you should be able to catch fish, but I’m going to be talking about what I like to use.
The PlasmaTail is a finesse bait and that’s why I’d recommend you use a finesse setup. When it comes to the rod, I like to use a medium or medium-light spinning rod. Either of these will give you a good balance and you’ll be able to cast them well and still get a good hook set. The size doesn’t really matter and it’s more of personal preference. I like something around 7 feet.
When it comes to fishing line, you can use whatever you want (as long as it’s strong enough) but I prefer using braid with a fluorocarbon leader. I like braid because it’s thinner and casts better, I can put heavier line on, and it’s a lot more sensitive. I like fluorocarbon as my leader because it’s invisible in the water and it’s more abrasion-resistant. I’ll normally use 20 lb braid with a 12 lb fluorocarbon leader.
If you don’t know how to put braided line on your spinning rod, click here and read the post. I like attaching the two lines directly using the Surgeon’s Knot. Here’s a video on how to do that:
How To Rig A BioSpawn PlasmaTail
There are a number of ways you can rig these baits up and as long as you have a worm and a hook, you should catch a few fish. I’m going to be talking about some of the more common setups and what I like to use myself. Here they are.
Rig 1: Jig Head/Shaky Head.
This is the most basic setup, but it still catches fish all day long. What you’ll need is a 1/16 or 1/8 oz jig head or shaky head. I don’t have a shaky head jig so I’ll be showing you how to set up the jig head. All you have to do is put the hook through the center of the face, push the PlasmaTail to the bend of the hook, and then work the hook out the side of the worm. If you have a shaky head, you can simply screw it into the face and bury the hook.
Rig 2: Texas Rig.
This is one of the more popular setups for bass fishing and it works well for all types of baits. What you’re going to need is your worm, a bullet weight, and a 3/0 offset worm hook. You’ll want to slide your bullet weight onto your line and attach your hook. All you have to do is put the hook through the face of the worm, poke the hook out the side when you reach the bend, pull the hook through the worm until the eye of the hook is at the face, turn the hook, and put the hook into the worm.
Rig 3: Drop Shot.
The final rig is going to be the drop shot, which is what these types of baits were designed for. It’s a little bit tricky to set up if you’ve never tied it, so you can watch our tutorial video here. You’ll need your worm, a size 1 drop shot hook, and a 1/8 oz weight (there are drop shot specific weights but you don’t have to use them). This rig is awesome because it’ll suspend your worm above the ground and will be right at the perfect depth. The weight will sit on the bottom and your hook will be somewhere around 18 inches above it.
How To Fish A BioSpawn PlasmaTail
There are two main ways you can fish the PlasmaTail and they’re both really simple. You’re fishing a worm so you don’t need to do anything crazy with it. You can fish it along the bottom or you can float it through the water column. Both work great.
Method 1: Along the bottom. This is a pretty simple concept and you can use this method for all three rigs. All you have to do is cast it out, let it sink down to the bottom, wait a few seconds, twitch your rod a couple of times, let it sink back down, reel in the bit of slack, and repeat until you have it back in the boat.
Method 2: Swim it. This concept is also really simple but it’s only going to work for the first two rigs. I’ll use this method if the ground is covered in a lot of weeds or grass since it’ll prevent snags. All you have to do is cast it out, let it sink close to the bottom, slowly start reeling in, and pause every few seconds. You’ll get most of the bites when your worm is falling. If you want to take it to the next level, you can experiment with a few twitches of the rod.
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