Soft plastics catch fish. They are my favorite type of bait, hands down. The problem with soft plastics is that they do not last long. If I can catch 3 fish on one before it is destroyed, I feel lucky.
Instead of tossing my old torn soft plastics, I recycle them into custom poured baits.
It is stupidly easy and inexpensive. All you need is a small glass container, some gloves, a microwave, and a mold.
The mold is probably the only thing you will need to buy. I got mine on ebay for $7 shipped. So, for about the price of one bag of soft plastics, I can make an infinite supply from my broken baits.
I chose a 5.5" lizard mold as it is my confidence bait and can be hard to find. You can find a mold for just about anything.
The first step is to put a couple baits in the glass container. Don't put too many in at first.
It will be extremely hot. I often get burnt through my gloves. Be very, very careful!
The more careful you are, the less trim work you will have to do.
Take a sharp knife or scissors and trim up your bait.
Once you get the hang of it, you can try to make some neet two tone baits. You can make some cool baits that you simply cannot find in stores.