Marsh Man Masson vid: Which soft-plastic is best for speckled trout?

Pool test reveals wide range of action

There are more varieties of soft-plastic paddletail lures on the market than boats, outboards and trolling motors put together. Each manufacturer constantly develops new colors and styles in hopes of catching anglers’ attention as they side-step down the aisles of their local tackle shops. But do these lures actually catch fish?

All of them do to one degree or another, but to compare and contrast them at a fish eye’s view, I visited a friend’s swimming pool, and put each of a dozen brands to the test. The results were interesting and certainly educational.

Underwater, some of the baits looked alive and active, while others more resembled sticks than fishing lures. The test proved that not all soft-plastic lures are created equal.

Lures tested included the Egret Wedgetail, Texas Tackle Factory Hackberry Hustler, H&H Cocahoe, MirrOlure Marsh Minnow, Matrix Shad, Yum Mud Minnow, Z-Man Minnowz, Saltwater Assassin Sea Shad, H2O Express Thumpin’ Swim Shad, Deadly Dudley Jr. Terror Tail, Egret Bayou Chub and Berkley Gulp. Each was retrieved on a 1/4-ounce jighead and jigged on a 3/8-ounce jighead.

Check out the video for all the details.

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Todd Masson has covered outdoors in Louisiana for a quarter century, and is host of the Marsh Man Masson channel on YouTube.