Squidgy Bug Soft Plastic Fishing Lures – Squidgy Bugs

Squidgy Bug  Soft Plastic Fishing Lures – Squidgy Bugs

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Squidgy Bug Soft Plastic Fishing Lures

The Squidgy Bug Fishing Lure is a soft plastic bait with astonishing tail end action and among the most cracking in the Squidgies queue up of plastics.


Although the Squidgy Bug soft plastic sport fishing lure was configured for unweighted surface presentments its effects on a weighted basic jig head is likewise mind blowing.


The Squidgy Bug soft plastic angling lure equals just 70mm in length and with its curled tail end action just about any fish will undergo a crack at it. The Squidgy Bug lures are really versatile because it can resemble so many baits such as  a Shrimp, tad pole or bait fish. This makes them amazing in both fresh and seawater systems.


The Squidgy Bug soft plastic fishing lure likewise makes a cracking surface bait by adding together with a Squidgy Resin finesse Jig head and retrieving with the fishing rod tip held high, this is outstanding on Bass! The Squidgy Bug Soft Plastic Fishing lures are pretty much one of the finest soft plastic fishing lures in the marketplace for any estuary fish species and whenever you’re  chasing Bream, Bass or Estuary Perch you genuinely need to give the Squidgy bug fishing lure a try!
Squidgy Bug Soft Plastic Fishing Lures

Characteristics and specs

  • Package includes 6 Squidgy soft plastic Bugs
  • Lures are 70 mm in length
  • Available in 4 productive colour options
  • Large curl tail on a bug shape body
  • Small eyes for added reality
  • Suited for both surface and bottom fishing
  • Recommended Jig head hook sizes 4, 2 and 1




  • Squidgy Bug soft plastic fishing lures are merely resistless in the water world and this follows all attributable they’re resistless tail activity and humble indulgent scrumptious appearing physical structure.
  • The Squidgy Bug fishing lure colour range is absolutely competitive to simulating several bait types and the Coral colour represents a downright weapon for night-time luring.


  • The Squidgy Bug soft plastic fishing lure is so versatile it may be fished fresh or salt for an endless listing of species but it genuinely shines when used to target Bream, Perch and of course Australian Bass.


So if soft plastic fishing lures is your thing you’d be dotty to not try out the popular Squidgy Bug soft plastic fishing lures! Purchase the Squidgy Bug Lures HERE


Flathead Lures | Fishing with Soft Plastic Lures

Fishing with Soft Plastic Fishing Lures for Flathead

Soft plastic lures are a great way to attract Flathead.  While the species is renowned for its laziness, it will put up quite a fight when hooked, and if you win the battle, Flathead make great eating.  Here are some tips for catching Flathead with soft lures.


Flathead are found in shallow water in estuaries and bays where they hide, camouflaged and partially buried in sand.  Rather than actively seeking food, Flathead wait for their prey to come to them, conserving their energy for the quick burst of acceleration that they make when an attractive morsel passes nearby.  By slowly trailing bait or lures along the bottom, anglers have the best chance of hooking Flathead.


Most of the types of lure that are successful with bream will work with flathead, too.  Soft plastic lures that attract bites from Flathead are generally at least 50 mm in length. Ocean Storm’s Online Fishing Tackle Shop stocks a range of fishing lures in soft plastic materials, such as Squidgies, as well as Berkeley Gulp fishing lures made from natural biodegradable materials. These lures look and feel like soft plastic and are impregnated with a scent that fish find irresistible.


Soft plastic lures come in a range of colours, and it’s useful to keep a variety of colours in your tackle box.  Many anglers find that dark coloured soft plastic lures in the same colours work better on dark days, while lures in lighter colours or more natural looking colours attract more bites from flathead on light days.  After a period with no results, changing the shape of lure you use, for example swapping a minnow shape for a grub shape, will often encourage flathead to take a bite.


When fishing for flathead, fairly simple tackle is adequate.  Your aim is to slowly work the bottom, so a 3-4kg line on a basic spinning reel is generally fine.  While a fibreglass rod isn’t suitable for use with soft plastic lures because of their action and lack of sensitivity, a basic 6-7 foot graphite fishing rod allows the angler to cast more accurately and gives the sensitivity to feel a nibble from the target.


When the weather is warm and the water is shallow, fishing for flathead can be very rewarding.  Flathead appear to be indolent until they’re ready to pounce on their prey.  Flathead don’t seem to be at all wary of lures – so using Soft plastic fishing lures can make for an exciting day of fishing.

Checkout this clip below for fishing for Flathead on soft plastic lures: Brett Wilson From Shimano is using the Squidgy Pro Lobby Lure

Also check out this Clip to further your knowledge and experience in targeting fish on soft plastic fishing lures.. You can buy the full Soft Plastic Tactics Fishing DVD in our online fishing tackle shop.

Fishing Tips – Fishing Lures For Jewfish (Mulloway) Article

Fishing Tips – Fishing Lures For Jewfish (Mulloway)


On the back of a cracker season for Jewfish on the far North Coast of NSW Australia. I thought I may be able to impart with some observations, that may be handy for those about to embark on chasing Mulloway using hard body fishing lures. It took me some time to land my first Jewfish which fell to a soft plastic fishing lure at dead low tide off the far north coast rocks of NSW in what I have come to understand is {for this spot at least} perfect water. It should be noted that capture was on a new moon in August in the middle of a bright sunny day soon after lunch under clear blue skies.

Fishing Tips: Conditions for catching a Jewfish:

There is a great deal of mythology surrounding Mulloway, and a great deal written about them and spoken about them amongst fisherman. Full moon, high tide, low pressure systems, night time, dawn or dusk, foul seas, cold foul weather, dirty water the list goes on. Having landed a couple from the stones now, I have come to think of my own criteria, that is not exclusive, but a series of boxes I tick when looking at the places I may be able to fish. This may change from place to place, the fish and the bait fish may behave differently in your neighbourhood for any number of reasons, to how they behave in mine. Proximity of rivers or estuary , depth of water , structure and migration pattern of fish, bait with water temperature may be some of the things in play that differ from place to place. What is important is to keep at it, and take note of the times that you or someone you know has landed fish and what was going on with the wind, moon, tide, sea temp, season, baitfish etc. You will soon have your own personal set of boxes to tick that are more pertinent to the place and methodology you chose to fish.

My personal opinion on why this year (2007) has been a better year locally for me, is that there have been many more days with fishable low pressure systems and manageable swells.

My perfect criteria now is a manageable swell, that gives coverage for the fish, an outer sand bank or reef that breaks into a deeper hole spreading white suds across it with structure in that critical space I can spread my lures. I like to fish low tide for less water more fish and the ability to be lower on the water. I rarely fish late into the night these days as I often fish solo, and I am getting older, but I can see the benefits of doing so for sure, just remember safety first. I rarely catch fish on the tail end of the waning moon but if the water is perfect I will definitely not lose hope.

Fishing Gear:

I started with an Alvey Fishing Reel 650s on 7144 Snyder Glass blank Fishing Rod, the old translucent orange brown model which, although I have moved on to other Fishing rods, if I could take one rod to heaven, would probably be it.

I now fish with solid threadline Fishing reels, My current Fishing Reel being the Shimano Stella 10000 and custom graphite rods 10-11ft. Built for me personally

by Rohit Lal of King Rods . I have 10 and an 11 ft Longtail H rated at -6 0unce cast 40lb. Which after nearly 2 yrs testing Rohit is contemplating making this fishing rod as standard available build.

I also started with mono fishing line at a lighter breaking strain of 20lbs on the Alvey Fishing Reels. Eventually I became tired of damaging fish and losing them only to see them float away as shark food and made the decision I was going to fish heavy. Changing up to reliable cheap Monofilament fishing line in various brands, which included brands such as Penn & Suffix in around 40lb breaking strain for pain free dismissal of any damaged line like the first 30 ft or so after a bumpy landing and I use 40- 60lb Jinkai Leader or Ande Leader material for a trace. With braid I fish even heavier line for extra assurance with abrasion resistance and longevity although my drag settings have never really changed from the 20lb mono, I am now usually fishing 50lb nylon coated tuff line xp. Again this is a choice set by expense and the harsh nature of the area in which I fish, I would be happy to fish for the same sized fish with 15lb elsewhere.

The AVERAGE size of Mulloway I target being 12- 20 kg’s although the last 2 years has seen a major increase in smaller fish, 5- 8kg model schoolies.

The Fishing Lure.

Well what a journey that has been. I have tried many lures and have had some degree of success with many of them, including locally made boutique models, modified no name bibbed lures. Changing split rings trebles etc. to VMC or Owner treble hooks. But have come to settle on a couple of must haves as a personal choice, these are Halco Laser Pro Fishing Lure in the 190 DD 2 metre diver. I have a couple of favourite colours although I have seen all colours work at one time or another and Rapala X-raps which seem to work in any colour to at least attract the tailor, they are bar none the most efficient tailor lure I have encountered. The X-raps have only been a recent addition to the arsenal but have taken a couple of nice fish and have a casting advantage. Also quickly caught the tailor that have accounted for some great fish, when I have decided I have had enough of spinning and changed up to bait.

But the Halco Laser Pro Fishing Lure 190 DD size remains my personal go to lure. It has an almost indestructible bib system, this is not the case with many other manufacturers, who make lures that may cast better and swim well, but cannot be trusted after a couple of bumps against rock, leading to bibs breaking trebles snapping out of there placement etc. The Halco 190 2m also has a free moving weight inside consisting of small bearings which serve both as a rattle and to take the weight to the tail when being cast. I tie these to a 2ft or so trace with a swivel and this seems to help the lure rifle freely after a cast gaining better distance and less fouling. Very important to, when you stop winding they float.


Firstly, as I mentioned in the beginning my early fish were taken on soft plastic fishing lures, this progression has served me well for a number of reasons, not least of which is to understand the bottom, the current, the movement and speed of the lure and the strike zones of the fish. And all this at the bargain price of $2 or so for every lure lost to a snag as I went through this learning curve. I still make sure I have a small arsenal of 6 inch shads in a lighter and darker colour, brands Like: Storm Soft Plastic fishing lures  like or Squidgies have all caught many fish for me. The major difference with hard body fishing lures is the ability to get a much straighter line in retrieve if you wish to and in the right conditions at a relatively slow speed. Whereas  soft plastic lures will be much more effected by the running currents. That may sweep them sideways at such a speed.

Try to quickly get an understanding of the way the wind and the current are working. Although standing still and repetitively lobbing into the same hole may account for passing fish, moving and poking around the entire available environment will account for allot more. A perfect day, the wind will be blowing your lure on a cast in the same direction as the current, making the bib work harder therefore deeper and slower on the retrieve. Distance out to sea is not a number one priority.

But you’re not quite ready to cast yet. Make sure you have worked out a couple of things, particularly if you are alone. If you do get a fish first cast, and believe me this happens, and mostly when you aren’t ready for it. Do you know where you want to steer it to be landed? Is the gaff ready etc.?

Speed &  Steering:

I have often been asked what type of action I put into the lure, the best action for sure with the above mentioned criteria working in your favour is low and slow. However to be honest I try everything, pulse, fast, a couple of speed throughs then a slow drive by, stop/start, the whole gambit. The action to steer the hard body fishing lures as apposed to soft plastic lures is more sustained and exaggerated placement of the rod tip. The difference between tip down and being low on the water can be critical in gaining depth or avoiding structure. The same with the point from which you tow the lure keeping it away from the ledge, but this all quickly becomes second nature.

I have learned if I am to push lures as close as I can to submerged structure, it became prudent to fish with a soft drag setting and stop at the first bump, this way I avoid burying lures into snags as often. A quick hand to the spool will sink the hook if it runs.

Most jewfish will only have a couple of good runs in them but with a little swell and current that big paddle tail and wide body can make for an interesting time getting them to somewhere they can be landed. For this reason if a good-sized fish heads for open water its often best to let it, and wear it down away from danger and structure.

Having said that, even fishing as heavy as I do, I have just been absolutely mugged by some fish?

I haven’t begun to cover many aspects of hard body lure fishing for Jew fish such as break wall fishing, there are many great articles already in existence about this and my preference for the relative solitude of surf ledges leads me away from that being a particular area of my expertise, although I have done it and know many who do it with great success and many of the same principals apply.

Good luck and remember the two most important principals are stick with it and make it home safe!

McNulty .aka “happy “

Edited by Fishing Tackle Shop Ocean Storm Fishing Tackle.


Fishing for Flathead on Soft Plastic Fishing Lures

Fishing for Flathead with soft plastic fishing lures has become ever so popular in recent years. Flathead are always a hungry fish that will pretty much eat anything that appears to be food. It is not uncommon for large Flathead to be cannibalistic and eat other smaller Flathead.

My favorite spot for fishing for Flathead would have to be Mallacoota, Which is located just inside the Victorian boarder if traveling south from NSW. Mallacoota is a small township and is quite peaceful particularly in the upper reaches of Gypsy Point. Flathead and Bream are plentiful in Mallacoota and what more is it appears from my experience that most of the fish are of decent size.

Though Mallacoota is my personal favorite spot for Flathead fishing you can pretty much find a variety of Flathead in most parts of Australia.

Fishing for Flathead on soft plastic fishing lures is quite easy when you have the right tackle. What I would recommend is:

Fishing Rod: Depending on how light you wish to fish I recommend a light weight graphite/composite fishing rod rated somewhere along the 2-4kg to 3-5kg mark. Good rod choices would include the Shimano T-Curve fishing rod, Shimano 3 Zero Fishing Rod, Shimano Starlo Stix Fishing Rods, Berkley Dropshot Rods and Daiwa Generation Black Wicked Weazel rods just to name a few. These rods have been specifically designed to suit soft plastic and hard body lure fishing. Prices for a fishing rod suitable for soft plastic fishing can vary anywhere from around $59.00 to $600.00+

Fishing Reel– There are many fishing reels on the market and ultimately it depends on your budget but for something fairly half decent I would not recommend any reel that had a price tag of less than $60-70. The size of the reel can vary depending on the rod you choose but more commonly the choice would be some where between a 2000-2500-3000 size reel for this type of fishing. Again it really depends on your personal budget but for the average angler that is after a fishing reel with a bit of quality that doesn’t want to spend a lot, brand ranges I would highly recommend as a starting point the Penn Battle fishing reel, Shimano Sedona Fishing Reel, Okuma Avenger fishing reels.  For the angler that is willing to spend a bit more for top quality gear you could consider the Shimano Stella or Shimano Stradic.

Fishing Line: Obviously the choice is yours. Fish anywhere from 2kg to 5kg depending on how light you prefer. There are many brands on the market and you can use either Braided / Super Lines or just a regular mono-filament fishing line.  My personal choice is I like to fish fairly light for more fun and use 4lb fireline crystal fishing line with an 8lb Berkley vanish fluorocarbon trace. I use heavier trace compared to my main line mostly to handle any abrasion.

Soft Plastic Fishing Lures: There are many many soft plastic lures on the market and the Flathead will be more than happy to eat pretty much any of the soft plastic fishing lures if it fits in their mouth! the other alternative to soft plastic fishing lures is Berkley Gulp. Berkley Gulp is designed to completely look and feel like soft plastic however the ingredients used are all natural.

My favorite picks on soft plastic lures for Flathead would be Squidgies: in 65mm fish and 100mm wriggler. Favorite colours are silver fox, bloodworm gary glitter and black gold. For the Berkley Gulp fishing lure range my picks are the 2″ Camo sand worms, 2″ nuclear chicken shrimps and 3″ Minnows in smelt. Truth is though you can use any colour and they will most likely get eaten by a Flathead if hungry.

How to fish soft plastic fishing lures for Flathead:

There a few methods but by far the easiest and effective way if fishing for Flathead in a lake, river etc.  is to cast the soft plastic fishing lure out along the sand flats or edges of weed beds and let the lure sink till it hits the bottom, leave it for a moment, retrieve any slack line, give your rod an upward twitch, wind a small amount of line back let the lure sink again and keep repeating this process of twitch, wind and sink and be continuous at a fairly slow pace.