Don't Toss Used Plastics, Repurpose Them

Sometimes your soft plastics get beat up to the point of needing to change them out. This isn't a bad thing because it means you're catching fish. If possible, I like to fish on the “cheap,” if I can. Instead of throwing away a used soft plastic bait, I try to think of creative ways I can use them again.

A few of the best applications I've come up with are with stick/finesse style plastic worms. A popular tactic here in the midwest is the Ned Rig. It's a finesse presentation that calls for half of a stick or finesse style worm. I try to save used stick worms, cut in half, and superglue them to 1/16-ounce jighead.

I also like using half a stick-style worm on the back of a bladed jig. This gives the bladed jig a smaller profile, and I've found them to be a very effective trailer.

Saving your used plastics is as simple as throwing them into a plastic baggy and pulling them out again when you need them. So before you throw out something that you think is used up, give this hack a try and it might just save you an extra trip to the tackle store.

Editor’s Note: Using this Fishing Hack is a great way to support the Keep American Fishing initiative to help mitigate the negative impact of soft plastic lures on the nation’s waterways.

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