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Around the early 2000s, they really started to make headway with plastics and tungsten was hard to come by, but the combination of the two started to turn the ice fishing world upside down. We could punch through slush, we could move faster, jig faster, get down deeper faster back to schools, get past aggressive crappies when you’re trying to get big bluegills down below, and all kinds of other positive things that came from tungsten when using plastics.

The biggest key to fishing with plastics is to be able to change colors quickly.

Every time a fish comes up and just looks at you, reel it up and change colors. It might sound a little crazy but this is the formula for success with plastics. Go through all your favorite colors until you get fish taking it all the way to the knot. To help you sort through your baits more efficiently on the ice, you can store them by color in a simple wallet style case. Use one bag for each different color with all the shapes together. For example, Boshold has all of the different shapes in pink together in one bag. This way, you don’t have to sort through several bags of the same color in several different shapes to find exactly the one you want. It’s just one bag per color and you can quickly see and grab the size and profile you need.

Tony Boshold’s microplastics wallet – The Book Worm Mini.
Organization by color is the KEY to success for efficiency when using soft plastics on the ice.

Using this system is also critical for making it that much easier to downsize and upsize by digging in just one bag versus sorting through several to get to the one you’re after. If you get a small enough case, you can even fit it in the pocket of your bibs to stay that much more mobile while hole hopping. This is a really simple way to get organized and improve your efficiency with plastics on the ice.

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Alternative soft plastics case options to check out:

For more panfishing tips, click here.

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