Depth Guide for Rigging Soft Plastics By Depth Range [Cheat Sheet PDF]

Knowing the combination of water depth, soft plastic lure, and hook weight can set you up for the best chances of success!

Rigging of your soft plastic lures is crucial for both presentation and making sure your lure is in the strike zone.

Check out the cheat sheet below!

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➡ Download Depth Chart

For each of the lures in the chart, the green section indicates the optimal scenario for using that lure.

Yellow indicates that it still works but is not used best in that particular scenario.

There is a green option for every product on the chart to show the best situation to create the ideal presentation.

This cheat sheet (below) 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.

Traditional Jig Head

  • Hook is exposed
  • Highest hook-up ratio
  • Higher chance of getting snagged on the bottom
  • Better for covering more open water

Results may vary based on your retrieve speed, current flow, and wind speed.

When using the Slam Shady Bomber, the Redfish Eye Jig Head will fit the larger paddletail better than the smaller trout eye.

You can mix and match the jig heads to the paddletails, however, the green sections of the chart indicate the best case for a given situation.

If you do use a smaller jig head with the Bomber, for example, it could be torn off by a fish.

Weedless Jigs & Weighted Hooks

  • Best if you are fishing tight to structure, in seagrass, up against mangroves, over oysters or around docks
  • Less of a hookup ratio but will save you a ton of time and hassle from getting caught or snagged
  • Tight to structure is where most of the strikes happen

If the water is really calm, it is best to go with a lighter weight.

You can go with a higher weight if it is windy to increase your casting distance and swim it in deeper water.

A smaller hook still works with a Slam Shady Bomber, it just hurts the hookup ratio a bit and needs a stronger hook set.

The Power Prawn lure has its own custom setup with weighted jig heads because it can be difficult to rig on traditional jig heads.

Power Prawn can also be great for offshore reefs of greater depths for snapper and grouper!

Get the full Depth Chart Cheat Sheet here!

Conclusion

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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!

Get the full Depth Chart Cheat Sheet here

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Here you can find all of the lures mentioned in the cheat sheet:

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JOHN LEWIS
3 months ago

Is the chart, Depth Guide for Matching Soft Plastics to Jigs/Hooks, used in this video available on site?

Donald Baxter
5 months ago

How do I get a cheet sheet only have a smartphone don’t have a computer

Luke Simonds
5 months ago
Reply to  Donald Baxter

It should be accessible on your phone too since it’s a PDF document. Did the link above not work for you?

Jelani Thornton
7 months ago

Excellent! Thanks, SS

ac weyh
1 year ago

how do i get cheet sheet

Robert Heckman
1 year ago

That well help me out down here in south fl

Robert Heckman
1 year ago
Reply to  Robert Heckman

That chart

Robert Heckman
1 year ago

I love them giggs an that slam shady bomber

Bill Bennett
1 year ago

Good info. I’ve lost faith in twist lock hooks. Since switching to jig heads I’ve increased my catch by 5X.

Al Schellhorn
1 year ago

Really well done guys. Good job. Agree with a previous commenter, that some kind of all-inclusive kit with all the right sized /weight hooks would be a nice convenience.

Thanks for great information.

Luke Simonds
1 year ago
Reply to  Al Schellhorn

We’re going our best to have inshore lure kits available… the holdup has been in keeping everything in stock (continued manufacturing delays has made that a very difficult task).

Paul Dammers
1 year ago

Perfect..Thanks ! Love spread sheets. Takes out the ” What did they say about….” Now to shrink it and laminate for quick reference. Thanks Guys !!

Luke Simonds
1 year ago
Reply to  Paul Dammers

Thanks Paul!

Rob Keeler
1 year ago

Thank you!

Luke Simonds
1 year ago
Reply to  Rob Keeler

Our pleasure Rob!

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