There are a few challenges with ElaZtech. The durably and stretch of the bait are great, when used to your advantage. But ElaZtech can be challenging too if you’ve never worked with it. When rigging the Baby Goat on a Ned rig for instance, you’re going to need to do it in one motion. You can start most other soft plastics onto the hook, release the bait, move down a little and push it up some more.
If you do this with a bait made from ElaZtech, you’ll rarely end up with a straight bait. Instead, you want to take the bait in one hand and the hook in the other, and in one motion go from inserting the hook point into the nose of the bait to popping it out of the back. This will create a cleaner profile when you’re done.
You’ll also have to work the bait up onto the trailer keeper a little more than you do with other soft plastics. This is step two, and does not have to be done in the same motion as running the bait up onto the hook. Once the bait is on the hook shaft, instead of pushing the bait up onto the keeper, you’ll actually take the head of the bait and pull it up onto the bard of the bait keeper.
Don’t be shy here, you’re not going to rip the bait or tear it. But you’ll need to stretch the nose end of the bait to get it up and over the barb. Once you get the hang of this, it’s easy. And the bait is locked on at that point. You won’t have to push it back up between bites or casts like some other trailers.
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