While bucktail, nylon, Mylar and rubber skirts have their fans, soft plastics are the most popular jig dressings these days. The wide array of shapes, sizes and color schemes enable anglers to customize jigs to mimic the prevailing forage in an area, and provide the desired action or sink rate for a particular circumstance or target species. Veteran anglers carry an assortment of jig heads (different weights, shapes and colors) and soft-plastic bodies — some scented, like those by Gulp!, Exude and Fishbites — to mix and match. Some folks are adamant about using rattling lures, claiming they attract fish. A Texas coast favorite, the Rockport Rattler, gained favor for its effectiveness. Sadly, it’s available only in weights of 3⁄8 ounce and less, but D.O.A. Lures makes glass rattles to insert in soft-plastic bodies and add an enticing clicking to any jig. “They sound like snapping shrimp, and every fish inshore hears that as a dinner bell,” says Capt. Jim Anderson, of Fruit Cove, Florida.