When the 20th century came to its end, the manufacturers that produce our soft baits began experimenting with the suppleness of their plastic lures. Their goal for the product was to make it soft; yet durable, not toxic to the fish, and definitely not price-prohibitive to the mass-producing of it. Manufacturers then began experimenting with chemical compounds to see which would work with frequent hooking and biting and still remain soft texturally. Eventually, manufacturers found a plastic compound called “Plastiol”, this compound specifically became harder or softer when certain chemicals were added to it. This material was a huge success with both hobbyists and manufactures’. The industry exploded with the success and many new designs, products, and companies were created.
The Suppleness of Soft Lure’s and their Abilities
The softness or firmness of a fishing lure influences its ability to catch fish drastically. Specifically, the suppleness of a lure affects its movement underwater, casting distance, vibrations, bite retention rates, durability, and its hook holding ability.
Softer Lure’s do not last long
When you choose the soft or firmness of your soft bait, make sure you consider the water conditions that the lure will be subjected to. Under normal water conditions soft baits tend to fall apart easily due to fish bites, hook incisions, and banging off of underwater obstacles. If you are making soft baits for commercial use, make sure you also consider the quality expectations of your product for your customers. A general rule of thumb when it comes to this is that softer commercial lures last at least 20 catches and retrieves or 1 catch, whichever comes first for you. With this in mind you can see that you will still get good use out of your lures and still keep your favourite production company floating.
Firm Lure’s do not catch As Much
If you want a lure that is durable, firm lures are definitely your best choice. However if you actually want to catch a few fish, you better choose a softer lure. Keep in mind that with soft plastics the hook is hidden inside the lure. When it is time to set the hook, it has to penetrate the lure first before entering the fish’s lip. Firm plastic will slow down this penetration and will result in one less fish on your hook.
Revenue vs. Quality
If your lure is lasting a long time, then your manufacturing company isn’t making very much money before you aren’t coming in to buy replacements. Obviously customers want a lure that will last. So where do our productive manufacturers’ draw the line? Luckily for them, as we have already stated in this article, softer lures catch more fish. So we are willing to sacrifice durability for a higher quantity of fish. Now that you know this, we recommend you manufacture lures that are a 7 on the Softness Scale.