Which soft bait combination is best? With so many variables, it's not easy to choose the right soft bait lure combination. The options are endless, with names that sound like garden pests: jigging grubs, curly tails, crazy legs, jerkshads. There are weird colours, like space guppy, houdini and BBQ chicken, and a hundred combinations of sizes, from two- to seven-inch. Jig heads range a tiny size #4 to 7/0 and weights go from 1.8g to 100g, with a variety of hook lengths and shapes. A good rule to start with: fish the smallest soft bait you can, with the lightest jig heads. Weight is determined by depth and drift and the right weight is the one that gets your soft bait to the sea floor, and keeps it there, while on the drift. If you're not on the bottom you're not catching fish! Now you know the weight you need, select a hook that's not too long for the length of soft bait. A hook up to half the length of the bait is ok, (any longer and it will limit the lure's movement). To entice more fish, make sure the soft bait has plenty of natural movement - also, you won't have to work the rod so much. Grubs, curly tails, and crazy legs swim the easiest. They're a bit more prone to getting nibbled, but at least they are getting some attention. Now you can choose. For example the Hauraki Gulf on a nice day, not too windy, with a mild current: use a 5-inch crazy legs soft bait in sapphire shine colour. Rig it on a 1/2oz, 3/0 chemically sharpened-hook jig head. This is best presented on a 2m length of 15-20lb fluorocarbon, fished hard on the bottom or cast into the wash and actively retrieved close to the sea floor. If the fish are there they, will bite. Drifting and dragging a soft bait over the sand on a calm day while having a sandwich and a coffee: use a 3-4 inch jigging grub or swimming mullet soft bait in brown/green colour. Rig it on a 3/8oz, 1/0 chemically sharpened-hook jig head.