I like Thermocline Lures, Constant Pursuit, and Slab Bandits when I fish plastics. Depends how I plan on fishing as to which bait I use.
Leave the hooked exposed like in this picture.
From I kayak, I would guess it would be best to start fishing the bridges until you get electronics (assuming you don't) to be able to help find the brushpiles.
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Works with MG Xi5, Xi3 and MK Terrova, Ulterra, PD V2 and Riptides as well.