It looks like a narwhal. Anyway, now I’m not going to perform mouthto mouth on this. Seen, eyes. You can paint the belly. You just stick to the toothpick down in thefront of the weight. What is happening fish and friends?Welcome to another episode. My name is Devon from De Bose Fishing, comingto you today on behalf of KastKing and BassResource. com. I’m coming to you today to talk about softbody swimbaits. Now I’ve got seven hacks that I know willmake you a better soft swimbait fishermanbecause when it comes to fishing, the littlethings that you can do to be different thanthe next guy will allow you to catch morefish. So, I’ve got seven hacks that I’ll share withyou here in seven minutes. So, let’s go. Tip number one is reviving your soft plastics. Now I’m not going to perform mouth to mouthon this, but what I mean is you bring it outof the bag after it’s been sitting awhile,it’s all kinked like this, you see it withyour flukes a lot. Don’t throw the bag away. People do that. Instead, put this in a pot of simmering water,let it sit for a few seconds, bring it outand let it sit somewhere straight and cool. After it cools you will have a good, straight,soft plastic again. So that will save you money. You’re not just taking baits and throwingthem out. Tip number two, adding eyes to your soft plasticswimbaits. And this is not something that lot of anglershave seen. Seen, eyes. Anyway, adding eyes to your soft plastic swimbaitsgives them a more realistic look. Now this is imperative for clear water becausebass want something that’s natural looking. They also key in on the head of bait fish. They don’t want to grab it by the tail andhave to fight it where it can still wiggle. They attack the head that way the fish onlyhas one way to go which is down the throat. Now these are pretty cheap on Amazon, youcan pick up a hundred pack for not a lot ofmoney. Put a little super glue on there, put it on,you’re ready to go. Tip number three is adding dye to your softplastics. Now most everybody that you know takes thetail and dips it in there and they throw itout and get after it. Well that’s good for stain and muddier waters,but when I’m fishing slightly stained to clearwater, I like to go more natural. So, instead I always carry a toothpick, andthat’s for a few reasons for fishing stuff. But one of them is this. You can dip your toothpick in there and paintit on. You can paint lateral lines, you can paintthe belly. This dye even comes in a red or an orange,so you can paint that on like gills. Use your imagination, just think outside thestandard dip the tail and go. You’ll be glad you did. Number four is to add the underspin your arsenal. Now, a lot of people have heard of just thestandard fish head underspin, but they alsomake a belly-weighted underspin as well. Now this is one that I broke, but it wouldnormally have the underspin on it just likeso. Now these are great to give your soft bodyswimbait a little bit of flash and vibration. You can fish ’em just like you would a chatterbaitor a spinnerbait, but they’re a little lessintrusive. So if the water’s, again, a little less stained,a little bit more clear where they can seeit a little bit better, I tend to go to somethinglike this over a big bulky spinnerbait, especiallyif they’re keying in on forage bait like this. I love the underspin, it was one of my bigproducers this year, especially when the bassare feeding up spawn. At at the fall transition, these things arekiller. Tip number five, when you fish the soft bodyswimbait on a belly-weighted hook, the hook-upratio is not always the best. Now, first off whenever you rig them on theseyou want to make sure you rig ’em completelystraight. The hook needs to come out the back straight,otherwise your swimming action is going tobe off. Now, normally when you rig these up, that’sall the hook that’s gonna be available. The soft plastic is gonna stop it. That’s all you’ve got to actually hook yourfish. So what I do, I’d take. . . turn it over, usemy handy-dandy knife and cut a channel straightdown the middle of the belly. What that’s gonna do, is allow you to rigyour soft body swimbait good and straight. But, it’s also going to give you an increasedchannel. So when the fish does hit it, this hook cancome all the way up through, pushing intothat channel that you just cut. That will significantly increase your hook-upratio. Tip number six I call the narwhal line throughmethod. So if you’re using the belly-weighted hooksand you’re still having hook-up issues, Igo to a line through. Now I keep mine simple, I don’t carry a bunchof rivets with me and do all that. I just go straight line through. Now, all you need to do is tie a simple overhandknot in your line that you going to be runningthrough, and use the toothpick that you shouldbe keeping with you. Again, here’s another reason I use it. And I put that toothpick right in that overhandknot. I run this through my bait, making sure Ikeep it 100% straight, I come through at a45 degree angle, like so, and it comes outon the other end. Now I call this the narwhal line through becauseonce you get to this point, it looks likea narwhal. Anyway, run that through and your bait isnow line through-ready. So all you will need to do is tie your treblehook of choice to it. Always make sure that you set the treble hookinside like so, and then the end of the hookI just run in through the hole. Now you’ve got a much better hook-up ratiowith a line through. As an added extra bonus tip, you probablywonder, well, after you get the line throughdone on this, what do you do for a weight?Well, I usually run three-sixteenth ouncetungsten on the front of there, but I pegit. Now you don’t always have to peg but, generally,I’m, you know, fishing around grass or cover. So you could kind of give this a natural presentation,you know, without the peg, but I personallyalways fish mine with a peg. But what happens if you run out of pegs foryour bullet weight?Well, again, the toothpick comes in handy. This is an old trick. You just stick the toothpick down in the frontof the weight, break off the nose of the toothpick,and viola. You now have a pegged weight. Not even gonna charge you for that tip. Do not throw away your damaged swimbaits. Now, with the line through or with the screwin the front it can kind of tear up the headof the bait, but if that gets all tore upand it’s not staying on, don’t throw theseaway. Simply take your cutting tool of choice, removethe head that’s damaged, and these make killerswim jig or chatterbait trailers. So it’s one way to make your bait go a littlebit further and it’s going to give a nicesecondary action to your swim jig or chatterbait. That’s what you end up with. Last but not least, what do I throw theseon?Well I’m glad you asked. I have two main setups that I throw theseon now. It’s really personal preference, but if I’mthrowing a four, five, six inch swimbait,I like to go to the medium-heavy setup. This is my seven foot three medium-heavy fastaction Royal Legend rod. I pair that up with the Assassin, it’s a sixthree to one gear ratio. I tend to reel fast. So I like using the six three to one on anyof my moving bait rods. I always throw it with fluorocarbon. With the bigger, heavier baits, I like togo with a little bit stiffer rod. Now, if I’m throwing something smaller, alittle three inch bait, I go to a medium powerrod. This is a medium power fast action. This is the Assassin. This currently just has the white max on it,but you can switch your reels out. I like that six three to one, I’d probablyswitch these out if I was going to fish thatsmaller bait all day, but those are the twothat I go with. I switch to the medium when I go to the smaller,lighter baits because with more of a bendin that medium rod, you can cast that baitfarther. Now additionally, in my video I said my three-sixteenthis my go-to. That was for that larger five inch soft plasticswimbait. If you’re fishing something smaller or youwant to cast just a little bit farther, youcan always go with the heavier weight. Can play around with that, there’s no rightor wrong way to do it. Up to you. I hope this helped you all. If you’re not already subscribed to KastKingchannel, please do that for more informativevideos just like this one. And until next time, keep fishing fun.