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   Home      Boat Fishing      Choosing soft plastic lures
Tip #1 - Talk to the skipper
He might be able to point you in the right direction for that area at that time of year.
 
Tip #2 - Sidewinders vs Redgills, when to use each which? 
#1 - Tide
Sidewinders tend to need a less tide to get them working, so if the drift speed is over 1.5kts knots switch to a redgils, Tsunami Tazers are also a good option for when the tide is over 1.5knots. 
 
#2 - Damage to lure
If there are a lot of fish there and feeding well it's worth changing to a redgil as they're tougher and will last longer.  Again, Tsunami Tazers are tougher than redgils, so can be a good option if your sidewinders are getting trashed; with that said, they're not as supple as the sidewinders so the action isn't as fluid at low speeds.
 
#3 - Bait size
If the fish are being finicky - switch to a small redgil can sometimes get a few fish, not always small fish too, big fish can take tiny lures.
 
Tip #3 - Size 
4inch lures will normally out fish the 6inch version; unless you're going on the wrecks and expecting big fish stick to the smaller lures.
 
Tip #4 - Colour
Colour is very much species dependent.
 
Bass
Colour pallet - Light & natural colours
Regils: 
Pearl white, blue and white
Sidewinders:
White, blood head white, mackerel pattern.
Tasers:
Cutthroat pearl - with the black spot.
 
Pollack 
Colour pallet - Dark or Dark + Light tail.
Redgils:
Solid black, Black and Red afterburners
 
Cod
Colour pallet - Bright
Redgils:
Bubblegum pink, orange
Sidewinders:
Bubblegum pink, orange, Rhubarb and Custard
 
Tip #5 - Amount
When buying lures, always get 2 packs; you never know when you'll find a colour or size that's working better than anything else - nothing worse than running out of them just as the fish switch on!
 
[TL:DR]
Check with the skipper first!
For pollack - Red and Black redgils in 4inch
For Cod - Bubblegum Pink redgils in 4inch. pink sidewinders, rhubarb and custard sidewinders 
For bass - white or bloodhead white sidewinders, pearl or blue and white redgils. Cutthroat pearl tazers.
 
Just get 4inch lures.