Soft Plastic and Hardbody lures in Fishing Chat Posted May 23, 2019 I've been trying to figure out how to use soft plastics and hardbody lures for a while now. I just have a few questions on how to improve strike rate. My playground is mainly the Nelson bay break wall because its where I always bag fish on frozen petrol station bait. I have tried the soft plastic Zman Grubs 2.5 with 1/4 oz weight size 2/0 hook and I never get anything touching it, so one of my first questions is, there is so many baitfish around the walls and the soft plastic is to imitate those baitfish...is it pointless to use soft plastic land based because the fish already have a better fresher live option in front of them? And is it better to use the soft plastic for deeper inshore and offshore work, where the soft plastic has more of a chance to be taken because it will stand out more from the protection of the walls. I understand soft plastics may work very well when rock fishing with heavy gear but I think of the break walls as lighter family friendly fishing. I do have some hardbody daiwa double clutch lures the small 70 or 75mm ones and I love the action they give, are they only for shallow water use ? Can I put a sinker on it so i can try fish it in deeper water off the break wall? I think i might have a chance to catch something good on it if i can get it deeper? Or are they not meant for deeper water and only shallow flats? I really appreciate your knowledge and help.