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More Plastics Anyone!  

It seems like every year more and more guys are making the move towards plastic bait on the ice. Each year, a couple more companies come out with their own version of the “next big thing”, but the first plastic bait I remember seeing on the market remains there tried and true...the Anise Bombs from K&E Tackle-Stopper Lures.

With a segmented body and anise scent, these are a versatile plastic lure suitable for all situations on the ice. The balls tear away with a quick pinch of the fingers, so there is no struggle adjusting them on the ice. With three segments, a fast action tail, and another ball, you can make these plastics look like eggs, fry, a segmented body or anything that looks like it might be a tasty morsel.

The variety of ways to rig Anise Bombs also adds to the versatility to these plastic lures. You can hang them vertically, horizontally, or a “new” way a few of the guys have been doing it the last couple years on the tournament circuit that they've dubbed “vertizontal”; where you take a vertical jig and put the plastic on, but leave it sticking out in an L shape. Whip'r Snap Reloads work really well on bluegill, crappie and perch and come in a variety of colors and glow colors.

I usually work plastics first thing in the morning as the sun's coming up when the fish are aggressive and always keep them handy throughout the day, you never know when you're going get on top of an aggressive school. A little trick I'll let you all in on; during the middle of the day if the bite goes cold, drill a new hole, make sure you're marking fish, drop a jig with a plastic lure on it. The most aggressive few fish will go after it, when the bite stops, drop a jig with live bait down the same hole and you should be able to pull out a couple more fish (I know this is an article about plastics but it seemed like an appropriate tip).

Some guys live and die by plastics, I'm not ready to make that kind of commitment, but I definitely keep them handy in my tackle bag and at times find them outperforming live bait. If you haven't tried plastic out on the ice yet, give them a try this season. They could be the difference in a good day or a bad day.

Until next time friends...


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