BISMARCK, N.D. - There are a few fishing products that claim to be better than live bait.
Johnnie Candle is not making that claim in this week’s Pro's Pointer, but he is going to let us know about soft plastic baits and when they are most effective. MWC World Walleye Champion & ND Fishing Hall of Famer Johnnie Candle tells us more about that,
"It's very common to tip a lead head jig with a minnow, but over the past several years I've moved farther away from live bait and I'm relying much more on artificial when tipping my jig. There are three main body types I use when jig fishing. The first is a straight tail. These provide very, very subtle action and they work best in water under 50 degrees. The next style I think most everyone is familiar with and that's the curly tail. It may have been the first soft plastic ever. These work best in that water temperature range from 50 to about 65 degrees. Once we reach the heat of the summer and that water is over 65 degrees I find myself relying more on the paddle tail. These have much more action than either of those first two options. There are a few other things that are great about artificial's. They come in a verity of sizes, shapes and colors and I don't know about you but I've never walked into a bait shop and bought a chartreuse minnow. I'm Johnnie Candle and that's this week’s Pro's Pointer."