The bass pro stretches the legs on the 6-inch plastic lizard -
stretches them and stretches them without the legs breaking.
But can one of the newest baits in the fishing world meet the
real test and catch fish on the lake? And how do you use it?
These are questions anglers are asking as the fishing season gets
underway in earnest.
Terminator Company, with SnapBack Super Plastics, and Strike
King, with 3X Soft Plastics, are the only companies using the new
Cyber-Flexx material to make a new plastic lure for bass anglers.
R.J. Tackle is using it in a saltwater lure.
"They've been in a lot of magazines and on television," said
Brent Hale, 29, a member of the Southaven Bass Club. "People are
talking about them."
Pro fishermen have been among the first to test these baits on
the water when they were introduced a year ago.
Professional Chad Brauer likes the durability the 3X Soft plastic
"It lets you fish more and not worry as much about constantly
fixing your lure," Brauer said. "And obviously the more time you can
spend fishing the more chances you are going to have to catch fish."
Skeet Reese won the first B.A.S.S. tournament, the Florida
Showdown on Harris Chain of Lakes, while using the Terminator
SnapBack junebug 7-inch ribbontail worm. He said special rigging is
"I discovered that Super Plastic is so soft it tends to cave
inward on an extra wide gap hook, so it's best to use an ordinary
45-degree, off-set, J-bend hook or regular straight shank hook on
thinner-bodied Super Plastics like a worm or lizard," Reese said. "I
still like the extra-wide gap hook on thick-bodied baits . . . You
can leave the hook point buried just beneath the surface of the
lizard or worm, and "skin hook" tubes and creature baits."
Brauer likes the buoyancy, especially in Carolina-rigging, that
makes the lure float off the bottom of the lake and look more alive
The flotation lets you use a larger, heavier hook than normal and
use a shorter leader to achieve the desired depth off the bottom
behind a Carolina-rig, said Chris Brown of Strike King.
Both of the companies' crawfish baits actually stand up like a
crawfish in a defensive position.
"That is what a bass normally sees before he strikes a crawfish,"
Jason Kilpatrick, a full-time southern Alabama Delta region guide
and tournament angler, said the baits will change Carolina and
"I know this stuff will float a lizard for sure on a
Carolina-rigged 4-0 hook," Kilpatrick said. "Texas-rigged and tossed
near a bed, this bait will nose down just like a natural feeding
predator on the fish's nest."
Anglers should not let the super elastic plastic lures make
direct contact with ordinary plastic worms, according to the
companies and professionals. The chemical residues of the Cyber
Flexx and ordinary plastic mix and can melt each other.
"It is best to keep them in their package and put them in a soft
storage tackle system or an old duffel bag," Brauer said. "I've
always kept my plastics in a duffel bag anyway."
Like with any other soft plastic it's best not to store in direct
sunlight, according to Strike King. Once they get in water and cool
off there is usually no problem.
Another consideration is that the baits can't be used with normal
dipping dyes. Strike King has its own dye for use with the 3X soft
baits and Terminator recommends Cyber-Glo from Spike-It for
SnapBack is offering six models from soft jerk baits to lizards.
The baits come in about half a dozen colors per model. Snapback also
includes injected-in pockets for rattles. They are around $4 per bag
for five baits.
Strike King has nine models of the 3X soft baits from lizards to
finesse worms in 24 colors depend ing on model and packages granule
salt within each bag. They come five baits to a bag, except the
Zulu, that is four to a bag. They are both $3.49 a bag.
Company officials stress anglers should be willing to try out and
adjust to the new baits.