Being one of the most versatile and effective lure types on the market, any angler thinking about fishing with artificial lures should incorporate a soft plastic swimbait. A soft swimbait is a malleable plastic lure designed to look like a minnow when it's swimming through the water. The soft body gives the bait flex, which adds to the natural look, and the bait tail usually kicks or quivers, which is another inviting action proven to catch fish. Use swimbaits to mimic minnows, shad, bluegill, crappie, carp, and whatever else is swimming in your local lakes.