Light lure rods
Soft baiting reframed "Soft baiting" is a term we've used for the past seven or eight years. Soft baiting uses light 1/4 to 5/8oz jig headswith jelly like, fish-shaped lures, presented on a 2m fluorocarbon trace. Spinning style, eggbeater reels are the norm, with light, 10lb braided line. These days the term "soft baiting" isn't used as much; we more often say "light jigging" and "lure fishing with braid". Soft baiting has taken a back seat to slow jiging and inchikus for deepwater fishing, with smaller soft baits consigned to the shallower areas and wash fishing (around breaking rocks). Most of us are using spinning reels for soft baiting, but overhead, baitcast-style reels suit metal lures better because metal lure fishing technique is a combination of in gear, out of gear and bottom bouncing while working the lower water column. Slow and inchiku-style lures give you more bottom time and easy lure movement and the hook up rate is better as the hooks are sharper. Light jigging also marks the return of small metal jigs, a throwback to the 90s. Again, more floor time equals more fish. Lure rods come in several styles, including those with a 1:6 bend ratio (wiggly tip, stiff butt), and rods that have a 4:2 ratio (bend top 35% of rod, slow curve through the lower 65%). Which one is best? Both, because you need a 4:2 ratio rod for inchikus and slow jigs, as they "hook" themselves (no more hook setting needed). Inchikus and slow jigs have inherent movement, so a soft rod is key to feel them. Not all 4:2 rods are the same. Some have no lift when retrieving a fish, so design and quality are important factors. A 1:6 ratio rod is better for lures that you need to swim and work, and when you need to set the hook when a bite is detected.