Action Vs. Durability: The Soft Plastics Debate

It’s a constant struggle for soft plastics manufacturers. How to make baits durable while maintaining the proper action required to maximize bites. In general, the firmer the plastic, the more durable it is – while sacrificing some action by being less flexible.

The solution to that struggle is all about design. By using high tech computer aided designs, manufacturers can maximize both durability and action through manipulation of precise portions of a bait.

By creating the right shapes, BioSpawn has been able to maximize action while using a higher density, more durable plastic – and here’s how it was done.

VileCraw

In the VileCraw, the addition of the ridges to the claws creates the wild flapping action on the fall but maintains excellent durability.

In the VileCraw, the addition of the ridges to the claws creates the wild flapping action on the fall but maintains excellent durability.

ExoStick

The ExoStick XT and Pro both use slightly different formulations of plastic - one designed to be a little bit more durable, and the other with a little wilder action – but it’s the ridges that create the subtle “shimmy” that drives bass wild and allow the use of a more durable plastic formula.

The ExoStick XT and Pro both use slightly different formulations of plastic – one designed to be a little bit more durable, and the other with a little wilder action – but it’s the ridges that create the subtle “shimmy” that drives bass wild and allow the use of a more durable plastic formula.

ExoStick Pro vs XT

ExoStick Pro vs XT

With finesse baits like the PlasmaTail, a lot of action can be lost if manufacturers use too firm of a plastic. BioSpawn bait designers found a way around pratfall by transitioning from a narrow midsection to a bulbous tail end. The bulb displaces enough water to make the tail dance with even the slightest motion, while maintaining industry leading durability

With finesse baits like the PlasmaTail, a lot of action can be lost if manufacturers use too firm of a plastic. BioSpawn bait designers found a way around pratfall by transitioning from a narrow midsection to a bulbous tail end. The bulb displaces enough water to make the tail dance with even the slightest motion, while maintaining industry leading durability

Comments

  1. Winter Craighead

    Your baits look awesome and they seem to catch a lot of fish. I am a big fan of Flukemaster’s and have been learning a lot from him. I live in a small town in central Texas and our lake here is at about 35% and had a golden algae blown kill tons of our fish a few years back. We have had about 12″ of rain this year and the fishing seems to have picked up from what I here. I have yet to catch a bass on this lake. I have tried everything I know and baits I can get. I would love to be a candidate to try out your lures here on this lake and see if I can score my first bass on my home town lake. Keep making great baits.

  2. Terry Condon

    I’m impressed how you guys and gals have really put some thought into the engineering of your baits. This was a very informative article and you’re really fine-tuning! I look forward to trying some in the near future. If you do not have a presence in the Northeast, I am available as pro-staff representative. I fish about 15 tournaments a year, including the NY BASS NATION trail. I have also competed in the BFL Northeast division. I am a sales representative by trade, and my reach does extend beyond the tournament fishing world.

    Thank you again and keep up the good work!
    Respectfully,
    Terry Condon

  3. WILLIAM SHELTON THE VILLAGES FLORIDA.

    RECEIVED PAK OF WATERMELON /RED FLAKE .FISHED AFTER RAINSTORM 1:30PM. IN 45 MIN.CAUGHT 5 BASS .AT 6PM TRIED AGAIN SAME WATER 2 BASS 3.3 AND 4.2 lbs. VERY GOOD WORKING LURE FISHED LO/SLO.

    THANKS
    W SHELTON

  4. Morris Benfield

    I have 31 years in Plastics. 30 years as a Supervisor. 15 of those years are in Medical Tubing. Obviously your using injection molding to mass produce these. As for durability have you tried co-extruding using a more durable plastic for ribs to strengthen the product. I’m speaking more on the craw fish design. Having the main body stiffer yet having the claws still flexible with a thin beading of a stronger material reducing the tare factor.

  5. Lenny leibold jr

    I love how people kiss this companies butt to get free fishing tackle. Be like the rest of us. Get a job, buy your own lures and catch fish.

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