Depth Guide for Rigging Soft Plastics By Depth Range [Cheat Sheet PDF]
Soft plastic lures are becoming more and more popular for inshore saltwater fishermen who are targeting redfish, seatrout, snook, flounder, and a variety of other species.
This growth in popularity has been due to the fact they can work exceptionally well in a wide variety of situations.
The key to success is to be able to match the right rigging hook or jighead to the proper depth for getting strikes with a hook size/type that enables good hooksets even when rigged weedless.
This step is a big struggle for many fishermen, so we put together this lure rigging cheat sheet to take the guesswork out of it.
Rigging Soft Plastic Lures Guide
For each of the lures in the chart, the green section indicates the optimal scenario for using that lure. And yellow indicates that it still works but is not used best in that particular scenario.
This rigging guide allows you to cut down the time it takes to figure out which type of weight and hook to choose for a soft plastic lure based on if you need to be weedless or non-weedless.
Weedless Jigs & Weighted Hooks
- Best for fishing tight to structure (rocks, oysters, seagrass, pilings, etc.)
- Will save you a ton of time and hassle due to low risk of getting snagged on the bottom
- Allows you to fish very close to structure where most of the feeding takes place
Non-Weedless (Traditional) Rigging Options
- Best for fishing areas without snags since it has a higher hook-up ratio
- Often used for covering open water situations
This depth chart cheat sheet allows you to clearly see which hook and soft plastic pairing will work best given the depth or environment you are fishing
Traditional jig heads are best for open water of lower depths to cover more ground and explore the bottom of the water column.
Weedless and weighted jig heads are ideal for fishing near any type of structure, but they have a lower hookup ratio.
If you know of any other lures or jig heads that are not listed here and you want to know more information about them, let me know down in the comments!
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