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Pros offer Snap Tail Lures advice

August 25, 2009 at 02:09 PM

TULSA, Oklahoma – Bass anglers always vote the plastic worm as their favorite lure. Each year manufacturers introduce new shapes and colors. This year the vote for the most dramatically new plastic worm belongs to Snap Tail Lures.

The Tulsa company has a new plastic worm that comes with two colored snaps, male and female, that fit into a slot in the tail. “When you want bass to notice your lure, you have to show them the right color. With Snap Tail, you can change colors by changing snaps. That’s a whole lot easier and faster than changing worms,” said Snap Tail Lure’s Robb Line.

Here are some other tips from some of Snap Tail Lure’s pros.

When it’s hot and heavy, go light

When fishing in the hot summer months on the hottest part of the day try fishing a six-inch Snap Tail plastic worm on a split shot rig. That’s the cool ticket for Snap Tail Pro Craig Sanders of Marietta, Okla. “It’s like a Carolina rig but with more finesse. The heavier the air, the hotter the temperature, the lighter I go. I use a spinning rod with 8-pound-test fluorocarbon line and 6-inch Snap Tail plastic worm on a 3/0, light-wire, wide-gap hook. I use a split shot sinker 12-18 inches above the hook clip. I favor common colors such as Watermelon Seed or Green Pumpkin with Fire Red snaps.”

How to love hydrilla

Bass anglers have a love-hate relationship with hydrilla. Matted up, it shelters some huge bass. But it’s hard to punch through that thick vegetation. “Hard, but not impossible,” reports Snap Tail Tournament Pro Mike Faust of Tampa. “I rig up Texas style with up to a 1.5-ounce tungsten sinker to punch through the thickest hydrilla. I use the 6-inch Snap Tail worm, not the 8-inch. It’s small enough to slip through the vegetation but not so big that it hangs up. Use a strong hook and line because you’ll probably pull up as much salad as bass.” Faust says the trick is to find hydrilla that is loaded with shad.

Color from front to back

Walleye touring pro Theresa Meade turns her six inch Snap Tail worm into a five inch Snap Tail worm, then threads it tightly to a colorful jig head with a flashing blade in front, called the Nuckle Ball Jitt-R jig. The hook is threaded weedless, or not, depending on the type of water being fished. A typical Theresa Meade set-up: Gold jig head. Pumpkin Green Snap Tail, Neon Green snap. The reflective blade leads the color parade. Says Theresa, “The bait works great pitched onto rocks, on drop offs and along weed lines.” It catches walleye for sure, and truth be told, bass and northerns, too.

Tease ‘em with a trailer

Snap Tail Lures Pro Craig Sanders of Marietta, Okla. sometimes turns his plastic worm into a trailer for a finesse jig, cutting about 1.5 inches from the head of a six-inch Snap Tail worm. “I like to use Snap Tail’s Green Pumpkin red flake worm with a Fire Red snap in the tail. That big, wide tail sure gives a small jig some interesting action.”

Cover water fast with a swimming worm

When the water’s hot, a lot of bass anglers like to fish fast and cover a lot of water. So they fish fast-moving lures, like spinnerbaits, and not plastic worms. Not Mike Faust who fishes Florida tournaments for Snap Tail Lures. ” You don’t have to fish the Snap Tail plastic worm slowly. It looks really good swimming; the faster the better. I can cover as much water as the spinnerbait anglers and I know I’m getting more strikes and hookups than they are, shallow or deep.”

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