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    Quote Originally Posted by snake River View Post
    I have fish with a lot of plastic worms for bass And always use floating Plastic .I have never heard of putting the air In the Tail It would be awful tricky Doing that I would like to see it done.???
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrNip View Post
    I believe one would be better off adjusting jig head size to control fall and retrieve than tinkering with the plastic. Would the plastic not weigh the same if one was to inject air into it?? Maybe if you did it while injecting the hot plastic but how would you control that? Adding flake, rattlers or what not would just add to the weight of he plastic.
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    Soft grade plastic weighs less than salt water grade plastic which is denser and heavier. I stay with medium soft or soft plastic when pouring pan fish lures and mix medium-soft with salt water grade for much larger bass lures for the best lure action where lure weight difference is significant. But regardless the grade used, it's not as if your casting 6-10" lures for pan fish. At most I would imagine your lures are less than 3" in length and rigged on jigheads weighing less than 1/8 oz. When it comes to retrieve speed, there's not much difference between 1/16 and 1/32 jigs using the same small lure and no difference under a float.

    Many don't realize the weight of a soft plastic lure contributes big time to casting distance yet it's the plastic's buoyancy along with a line's diameter/ buoyancy that reduces swim speed and the distance from the surface given a certain speed of retrieve.

    (Flakes do not add weight to plastics but salt added would. Gary Yamamoto's grubs are heavier for example because of an additive.)
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    Thanks for all the responses. I've really been trying to learn what my setup and baits look like under water. How fast they fall, what kind of movements translates into natural vs sporadic. Ive been going to a swimming pull to practice. I was curious as to if one could reach a middle point with a particular weighted head and plastic that one could reach a half way point to toss in and would sink to a specific depth desired and slow retrieve. So as to if not reeling it would hover but not sink anymore. Just a curiosity. So far its either sinking or its floating. No equilibrium found.

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    Looks like there is a echo in my post

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    If a guy could come up with a soft plastic that they could match up to various weights to advertise particular depths? Well it seems to be a good idea. Is it realistic? Obtainable? Ill let you all know what i come up with.

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    OK...You want it to suspend at a specific depth then. As far as I know for the guys pouring soft plastics there are plastic they can use that floats. To do what your talking about you would have to make the bait big enough to have enough buoyancy to float the weight of the jig head and hook at a certain depth level from the surface. It could be done...but doubt it would be feasible or practical. There are hard plastic crankbaits that do what your talking about though.
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    Try M-f super float in medium plastic .

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