soft plastics work at night?

 hey guys, ive never tried the soft plastics at night often using them on dusk or early morning and somtimes a brighter colour off a lit up jetty area ( only a pike... once)

my question is how have other people gone at night with softplastics? i can imagine the more heavily scented ones may have a chance?

im chasing bream and such in the swan and canning

any thoughts appreciated

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 I've seen gulps catch fish

Mon, 2013-04-22 19:17

 I've seen gulps catch fish out deep in the middle of the night. They were not the glow in dark ones either

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 Gulps aren't really soft

Mon, 2013-04-22 19:39

 Gulps aren't really soft plastics though. They are pretty much just bait

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 iv caught herring on the

Mon, 2013-04-22 19:43

 iv caught herring on the plackies at night evan on the brown ones the little worm ones seem to work the best 

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 if you combine z mans with

Mon, 2013-04-22 19:53

 if you combine z mans with other soft plastics then the z mans melt.. i did this once and the zmans melted over a few placcies and now they glow in the dark hell good for some reason. cant wait to try them!

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yeah i believe the gulps are

Mon, 2013-04-22 19:55

yeah i believe the gulps are pretty much bait also,

no one had any success on bream?

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Yep, gulp is bait, no action

Mon, 2013-04-22 19:56

Yep, gulp is bait, no action required lol

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 That's how I like it lol 

Mon, 2013-04-22 20:00

 That's how I like it lol and yeah gulps are soft plastics. Bait is a piece of squid 

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Oh shichair, ready to go

Mon, 2013-04-22 20:36

Oh shichair, ready to go fishin all the time and no stinky hands and no nasty suprise days later if a bag of bait has not been disposed of *gag*. They are placcys and work been used as placcys, if you like the constant cast and retrieve stuff, but I use them as bait, even cutem up use on bait rigs etc and are my lure of choice at night, most hook ups occur when I leave the rod in the holder, or just liftin it to check or move it, even boated an occy and a cuttlefish on a gulp shad. Boat movement can add a bit of action anyhow if its hangin under the boat.
For bream you could just use gulp like bait, cast, leave for long periods and twitch twitch to move it then leave it again. I reckon a bream would sniff it out, even take it sitting but if one is investigating, the right action could entice a strike. I would lift the rod steady first tho, every chance a fish is just sitting there suckin on it. Plenty of profiles to try too, just replicate their natural food, dunno if berkley do a soft plastic mussel tho lol

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 Haha Tim your on another

Mon, 2013-04-22 21:53

 Haha Tim your on another level mate. Bait is bait. Plastic are still plastics, scented or not. And I dunno about you but I fish to catch fish. And yeah I love catching a fish on a plastics or a lures. But seriously, eg who is better off out of the guy who caught 4 70cm+ coral trout using gulps and his mate who fished all day and got a few undersized fish using scent less plastics? But a very true scenario in north west

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Yeah, Im agreeing with ya,

Mon, 2013-04-22 22:02

Yeah, Im agreeing with ya, the gulps work good coz they're scented and yes they are a placcy, but work like bait because of the scent. With bait you're stuck with what you've got, with lures, if its not workin, change it, or use the same as the bloke catchin all the fish lol

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Gulps are described as bait

Mon, 2013-04-22 22:18

Gulps are described as bait on the packet, a soft bait constructed by water based resins. Plastics are made from PVC and oil based. Gulps cop flack as 'bait' not becuase they are scented, there are plenty of scented PVC plastics on the market.

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 Seriously guys stop lookin

Mon, 2013-04-22 22:28

 Seriously guys stop lookin at the packets and go catch some fish!

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Haha, technically, anything

Mon, 2013-04-22 22:42

Haha, technically, anything you use to lure a fish is a bait............so bait is a lure lol. Rapala make hard bodied baits? Wa bait supply should change their name to wa lure supply lol, time for bed now...... or time for a fish, its night, or is it, arent we just in the shade? Technically speaking.....

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 Just started to put in a

Mon, 2013-04-22 20:05

 Just started to put in a good effort with soft plastics. Caught a few bream just after dark, but found using a heavier jighead 1/8 works a little better when it's dark. I give the zman 2.5 inch grub a bigger rip at night than I would during the day. That said, its still a lot of casts between fish for me as I'm trying to suss out this bream on soft plastic thing myself.

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 That's a pretty good

Mon, 2013-04-22 20:15

 That's a pretty good question mate and I reckon I'll follow this thread with a fair bit of interest. Really keen to hear the responses. But c'mon fellas no need to start a debate over real/scented soft plastics and divert the point of his thread. 

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 So that was a no go for soft

Tue, 2013-04-23 08:34

 So that was a no go for soft plastics at night? Unless it was gulp?

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Softies at night...

Tue, 2013-04-23 09:17

...as long as there is some sort of light source, no matter how faint (boat lights, moon are the only two I can think of) the movement of a lure would be able to be detected by a fish at night. Fish do not feed by scent alone...they can "feel" vibrations through the water by using their lateral lines. The erratic struggles of an injured baitfish would be like a homing beacon to many predators. This sense of feel may be enough to get the fish close enough to its prey in order to attack it, without it actually having to see the prey.

Squid have enormous eyes in relation to their bodies and can no doubt see virtually anything they want to see, even in pitch black conditions, and a number of fish would very likely have eyesight that is close to this. Having said all this, I still think to maximise your chances, there has to be some sort of light, natural or artificial. Doesn't have to a lot, just enough to illuminate the lure, or at least show its silhouette. And impart plenty of movement on your softie!