Plugs are used to imitate baitfish. Your plug should have a little buoyancy and be able to imitate the prey of the type of fish you’re attempting to catch. Deep fish eat larger bait and the boyance looks more like frogs or larger prey. Your smaller fish are attracted to quicker, smaller prey – like minnows.

There are four types of plugs you can use:
Surface
Floating -Diving
Deep diving
And Sinking

Surface Plugs

Your general surface plugs have propellers and are designed to make noises, creating a  disturbance; these work best with calm, clear water as these are designed to get fish in shallow water.

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This plug is designed to offer big action with a small bait and delivers an enticing, wobbling and rolling action. Tremendous workmanship, concave head, quality components, Vivid 3D eyes and scale patterns create lifelike swimming action to attract predators’ attention.

Floating -Diving Plugs

The motion of Floating/Diving plugs is sluggish and rather slow.

If you notice fish schooling, this could be your number one choice. Use this in shallow water as you can see the nose has an angle; when they are retrieved, they dive below the surface easily. It’s purpose is to mimic an injured minnow and to alert you when they are biting. It dives, and when you start to draw back and retrieve (Do this slowly) it wiggles underwater; this attracts fish, luring them from their hiding places.

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Deep Diving Plugs

These are weighted and come without diving lips. They have a slow wide sweeping wiggle; the more short bodied they are the more rapid the wiggle. These are made specifically for fishing drop offs, deep channels, cuts and holes. All of these plugs dive rapidly. When the angle is straight down from the boat, these are best to use. Let it drop to the bottom quickly, and do a slow retrieve – letting it walk along the bottom, perfect for trolling deep water.

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Sinking Plugs

As these sink, whether fast or slow, you retrieve these while bouncing and jigging. It’s important to know how fast these sink; because once you start the dance on the retrieve, all the attention is drawn and at that depth is where you keep the plug.

There are shallow, medium and deep plugs. Medium can be worked in water up to about 12 feet deep. Depending on the lip, you can determine the speed, cranking it with a more angled lip.

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