How The Soft Lure Tail Works

Soft lures are very popular among anglers. What is the part that plays the most important role in soft lure? The tail. Why is it a tail? Because soft lures don't have lips, all the work has to be done on the back end. The tail provides all of the action. The different tail configurations of soft lures determine the way they are presented and the timing of their application. When choosing a soft lure, please pay special attention to the tail.

Among the many types of soft lures, there are mainly four styles  that are favored by people, paddle tail swimbait, curl tail swimbait, soft Jerkbait, and Crustacean soft plastics.

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Paddle Tail Swimbait

1.Paddle Tail Swimbait

Paddle tails get their name from a tail that moves from side to side. The paddle tail is flat, often shaped like a spoon or the tail on a manatee. The lateral movement of this tail does not create any action. The action comes from the vertical movement of the lure.

When the paddle tail swimbait is retrieved, the tail bounces back and forth as the lure moves through the water, creating motion and vibrations that are very attractive to the fish. The design of the tail has a lot of resistance, but because the tail is relatively thick, the swimming style is a relatively low swing. You need to have the right amount of weight to make the tail swim. 

Curly Tail Swimbait

2.Curly Tail Swimbait

The curly tail swimbait's tail is "C" shaped. While the curly tail swimbait's tail creates its own action through steady retrieval like a shad tail, the "C"-shaped tail doesn't put off as hard of vibration as the shad tail, but flutters around in the water.

The design of the curly tail not only provides great resistance, but also produces an exaggerated swimming style. The curly tail swimbait is equipped with a thinner tail, which swings violently when dragged, and the swimming style is quite attractive to fish.

3.Soft Jerkbait

Soft Jerkbaits have also long been a go-to plastic for offshore anglers. Soft Jerkbaits either have a straight tail or a small forked tail meaning that they have no natural action. The lack of action means a faster sink rate.

1)Straight Tail Swimbait

The straight tail design of the straight tail swimbait is able to generate subtle movements with small rod twitches. This design allows straight tail swimbait to produce a variety of techniques that are very effective, including drop shots, shaky heads, Neko rigs, and even Carolina rigs.

Straight Tail Swimbait

2)Fork Tail Swimbait

The unique design of the fork tail swimbait lies in its V-shaped tail and its ability to create a “darting" action when twitched. Fork tail swimbait irregular dart action, like a wounded baitfish. This V-shaped tail stabilizes the lure, ensuring it doesn't spin during twitches, and also slows down the lure's fall between twitches. 

Fork Tail Swimbait
Crustacean Soft Plastic

4.Crustacean Soft Plastic

Many crustaceans are the natural bait for fish and shrimp in the ocean or freshwater, so crustacean soft plastic can be a very effective lure. Crustacean soft plastics can imitate anything with a shell, such as a prawn, crayfish, or crab. Because crabs or prawns don't swim in the water like fleeing baitfish, these soft lures are slower to jump and glide. The fishing speed is slow.

They usually have wiggling legs, tentacles, etc., especially the double U-shaped tail claws that can produce dramatic movements during fast and slow retrieval. With a little jerk, the vibration and flutter created by the legs and body contours,  crustacean soft plastics move through the water and work well to attract fish.

Post time: Aug-18-2022