After experiencing a pretty tough bite when chasing bass earlier this year, I decided to mix it up a bit by downgrading the weight on my Atomic Jig heads and fishing soft plastics across the top of lily pads to entice the bite.
Lake Macdonald has a decent covering of weed which made it the ideal location to craft my new skill. Geared up with a selection of 2.5” Atomic Plazos and 1/11oz Atomic Seekerz jig heads, I set out for what was to become a morning of Plazo madness !!
The technique was quite simple, cast the lightly weighting plastic right back on to the lily pads and slowly drag it across the cover, at which point it would either be completely engulfed or I would continue to the next pad and then let it slowly waft down between the foliage to mimic an injured baitfish. More often than not I was drawing the strike as it sunk but I was absolutely hammered on more than one occasion as the plastic sat idle on top of the pad. It was some of the most exhilarating fishing I had experienced in a long time. Surface strikes really get the heart racing.
This technique could only be improved by swapping out the traditional jig head for a gamakatsu worm hook (EWG). This would give the angler the ability to drag the presentation right across cover without the foul ups and ultimately, keep the plastic in the strike zone longer