Plastics are scary....
Plastics don't catch as many fish....
I can tell you fishing with soft plastic tails while ice fishing is not scary, and they can catch more fish if fished correctly.
People have emailed me asking how do I fish with plastics, everyone is different, but below are some things to try and remember when giving scary plastics a try.
Pistol grip your rod- You have better control of movement of your bait. You also have quicker hook sets.
Use your wrist, not your arm- A lot of guys violently jigging away. Use only your wrist to jig the rod up and down. It does not take much to move the plastic tail.
Use a spring bobber- I don't care who makes the best rod, or how much action it provides, it is still to rough for plastics. Attach a spring bobber to the end of the rod, that added movement will give you finesse when jigging with plastics.
Make sure the tail is horizontal- Even on a vertical jig, make sure the tail is at a 45 degree angle. On a horizontal jig feed hook through the tip of the tail until the tail is in line with the hook.
Buy a flasher-The best investment before buying plastics, is buying a flasher (Vexilar) Using a Vexilar to determine where to fish and then how the fish are reacting will be the key to success using plastics.