AMAZING Crappie Fishing Plastics | Catch More Crappie Through The Ice

Mar 15, 2021 Fishing Tips

Artificial lures and plastics catch fish. These are facts. Today we have @Burly Fishing showing off some of our plastics featured in this months MONSTERBASS Ice Fishing box. Learn more about rigging options and techniques so you can catch your PB!

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Video Transcript: 

Jeff Burlingame:
What's going on, you guys? Welcome back to the MONSTERBASS channel. I'm Jeff with Burly Fishing, and I'm here to talk to you guys about ice fishing plastics. There's a whole bunch of them that I want to go through with you today. But more importantly, I want to talk to you guys about the versatility with ice fishing plastics. I think you guys are going to like this, or at least it'll be interesting if you're getting into ice fishing, if you're trying to learn some different methods, or if you're just trying to do something other than live baits, you can throw something artificial, like these plastics.

Jeff Burlingame:
Let's talk about rigging them. Let's talk about some different options with them to make them more versatile, to help you catch more fish, because that's our goal here on MONSTERBASS. We want to help you have fun on the water, or ice, in this scenario as we were speaking of, and break your PB. That's what it's all about. So if you're looking for more videos to help you do that, be sure to subscribe to the MONSTERBASS channel, smash the like on this video, ring that notification bell. And if you're looking for more unboxings, tackle reviews, and fishing videos, consider checking out my channel. Go check out Burly Fishing on YouTube and subscribe and just comment on one of those videos. Let me know that you came over from the MONSTERBASS channel. I appreciate you.

Jeff Burlingame:
So let's get into today's video. We're talking fishing plastics. There are a ton. I don't know if you guys have gone to a fishing tackle store recently, but there's a lot. So I want to talk to you about a few of our favorites today, a few that have been featured in the recent MONSTERBASS icebox, which I don't know if you know this, but it's brand new this year. We dropped our first one in December, and then we got one this month too. And if you want to check it out, it's only $36.99 and you can use code SAVE15, all caps, S-A-V-E 15, save 15 bucks off your first box, if you want some of the tackle that we're talking about today.

Jeff Burlingame:
So let's get right into it. First of all, I used some of these plastics today when I was out on the ice and we were getting bit, so I can tell you from firsthand experience, they definitely work. So what I want to talk to you guys about is rigging them first, and then we're going to talk about some nice little cheat codes for ice fishing plastics that might help you out. So when you're rigging these, we're talking about very tiny plastics. So if you guys are familiar with bass fishing plastics during the open water seasons, or if you live in the south, you're probably not watching this video because this is about ice. Unless you want to travel, which is a good option. So maybe consider it. Ice fishing is a lot of fun. But you can take plastics like these, which are four very different plastics with a ton of versatility to them, and you can use them a bunch of different ways. Even if they break, they're probably reusable, if you really think about.

Jeff Burlingame:
So I'm going to show you these guys rigged up. First of all, we've got this Bio Bait. Bio Bait is one of the featured baits this month in both the icebox, the regional box, and even I think the multi-species box, they're all over the place. So we've got a ton of these baits coming out to you guys right now. They're pretty fantastic. They're biodegradable. They're safe for fish. They're better for the environment. They don't dry out, and they are tear resistant. And if you don't believe me, check it out on a recent video we dropped on the channel featuring all the Bio Bait plastics from this month.

Jeff Burlingame:
So here we have a leech. It's more of a flat shaped plastic. In this case, it's coming in hot pink, which if you guys don't know, if you're getting into ice fishing, sometimes those brighter plastics, those high visibility plastics do you a lot of good, which is why we also have vibrant orange, this cherry red color here from Eurotackle. We've got chartreuse. This one's called the Sweet Tea, so it's chartreuse and a little brown and black flake. We've got some vibrant colors. They're going to pop a little bit more and sometimes that helps draw those species in. That's what we're looking for. So I just really want to help you break your PB. You've got to catch some fish.

Jeff Burlingame:
So that was the Bio Bait worm. This is also rigged up to a Vexan jig, a tungsten jig that came in a two-pack in this month's icebox. Another jig that we got in this icebox and another plastic. This is from Widowmaker right there. Check that out. It's got some glow resin on it. Again, glowing properties, vibrant colors, kind of what we're looking for to get these bites. And then we've got this Crazy Critter from Eurotackle. This is a Crazy Finesse Bug. Look at the intricacy of this plastic. That's nuts. Tons of action there. I think it looks really good paired up even with that jig.

Jeff Burlingame:
We've got the Bobby Garland. Check out this little tail on it too. It's super thin. Tons of action on that. I was getting blown up on this today. This thing was killing it. Finally, we've got another Vexan jig here, paired up with this Euro Grub from Eurotackle, which I have modified.

Jeff Burlingame:
Now this brings up my next point. All of these plastics can be modified. For example, we've got that Bio Bait leech. That's a pretty big profile. That's super long. So if I'm getting short struck, which you guys, if you're getting into bass fishing, you're familiar with that. You can feel the bite. You can sense the bite, but when you lift up, try to set that hook, you don't get a fish. That's problematic. It's usually because they're biting on the plastic. They're pulling this. So you feel the tension, but there's no hook penetration because the mouth of the fish is not up here so it doesn't work.

Jeff Burlingame:
So what we might do with something like this, for example, this Bio Bait leech, is we'll just cut it down. Take this Bobby Garland Itty Bitty Slab Slayr right here and really this is where it can get kind of tricky because we have two-tone colors here. So let's say, for example, they're going after this crazy tail action. We can trim up this little chartreuse body section, and less likely to get short struck. It's still getting bit.

Jeff Burlingame:
But let's say they're going after the chartreuse here on this, more of a grub shape that that is right there. We could actually cut the tail off. You can cut this thing right in half. You can still reuse the tail later if you want to. But now we've got what resembles a waxworm, if we took this tail off right there, and might still get bit. So that's where we're looking for it. And then this one I actually did already modify. So this is that Euro Grub from Eurotackle. I actually ripped it in half because as you can see in the bag here, they're quite a bit longer.

Jeff Burlingame:
So let's say I'm ice fishing for a bigger species, a more aggressive species, or I'm not getting short struck. I can use bigger plastics. Sometimes this happens. Sometimes you're not getting bit on your bigger jigs, your bigger plastics, or even a wax worm, where you can even downsize your live bait to a spike and you can do the same with your plastic. So all we're saying is if you're getting hit, but you're not setting the hook into the fish and landing some slabs, then you probably should consider modifying that tackle. And that's something that definitely works.

Jeff Burlingame:
All right. So there you have it, guys. There's some examples of how we can modify these plastics to try to get some bites on the ice, something I definitely encourage you to do. And as I mentioned before, it's just something that's a little bit different from your open water bass season. We don't typically trim the plastics that much. I know, for example, maybe on a jig, you're going to trim the trailer up a little bit. That's something you do. I just find we do it with ice fishing a lot more. And it's something for you guys to definitely consider, especially when you think about the quantity of plastics that you get in some of these, like these Itty Bitty Slab Slayrs, you're getting 20 of these. So you can trim them up. You can do all sorts of stuff with them. That's super helpful.

Jeff Burlingame:
Some plastics like these grubs, you can really repurpose them a lot, make a little bit of a higher value out of them. And same thing with even those Bio Baits. So lots of great plastics came in this month's icebox. Again, I would encourage you guys to check it out. If you want to get your own subscription, they are $36.99 and you can use the code, SAVE15, S-A-V-E 15, to save yourself 15 bucks off the first box. More importantly, go hit the ice. Try some of the stuff we talked about today. Hopefully you have some luck. And again, it's our goal here to help you have more fun on the water or on the ice and break your PB.

Jeff Burlingame:
If you guys liked the content, and you're looking for more content to help you break that PB, consider subscribing again to the MONSTERBASS channel. And if you want more videos and more gear reviews and tack reviews and fishing videos, maybe check out Burly Fishing. So go hop over to the channel, subscribe if you will. Appreciate you very much if you do. And maybe comment on one of our recent videos, let me know that you popped over from MONSTERBASS. Oh, by the way, we do a podcast live every Thursday at 8:00 PM Eastern. You can join me and my buddy Paul, as we talk all things fishing. And we talk to a lot of really cool people in the fishing industry. So check it out. I hope to see you there.

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