New Storm 360GT Coastal Soft Plastics

With Storm® 360GT Coastal baits tied on, anglers can truly fish everywhere and catch anything, now including saltwater species. Target Snook, Tarpon, Redfish, Sea Trout and more with the new 360GT Coastal baits. The lineup includes five soft-plastic bodies that mimic the most common coastal forage.

New Storm 360GT Coastal Soft Plastics

The baits in the new 360GT Coastal lineup are the Shrimp, Largo Shad, Mangrove Minnow, Manta Tail and Trick Tail. Each is available with a VMC® Coastal Black™ weighted swimbait hook or boxer-style jig head. They come in packs containing one jig head or swimbait hook pre-rigged on a body, plus three additional bodies.

“With all the soft plastics out there and all the opinions on how to rig them, there can be a lot of confusion,” explains Storm Director of Product Development Greg Lorenz. “What’s the right weight? What’s the right shank length? You hear all these questions on all the variables.

“So our 360GT Coastal series is designed to make it easier on the angler with packages of soft-plastic bodies matched perfectly to the right hardware for their actions,” Lorenz continues. “They rig perfectly with the best hooks you can get, and have the best actions.”

VMC Coastal Black weighted swimbait hooks are weedless, perfectly balanced and easy to rig. Opt for these when fishing around vegetation and when a slower retrieve speed or horizontal fall is required. They feature balanced keel weights and tapered-screw bait keepers for easy rigging.

When anglers will be fishing a 360GT Coastal bait on the bottom, using a lift-drop technique or slowly swimming it, the boxer-style jig-head is a versatile choice. It features a 60-degree line tie, a large holographic eye, a tight-grip bait keeper, and comes armed with a heavy-duty VMC Coastal Black hook.

The bodies, made from premium phthalate-free plastic, feature two- and three-color injection molding that provides the perfect balance between action and durability. They have a solid head and strategically placed belly and back slots for easy rigging. They come in a wide range of color patterns, including third-color hot tails.

Shrimp
Boasting a segmented body and tail that moves with realistic action, the 360GT Coastal Shrimp features legs that swim and kick on the fall. A flat-bottom design keeps it upright when resting on bottom.

“These are fantastic for sea trout,” says George Poveromo, host of World of Saltwater Fishing on NBC Sports. He uses them to replace live bait in a traditional popping-cork set-up.

“The disadvantage of using live Shrimp, Pilchards, Menhaden, or what have you under a cork is that the Pinfish tear the Shrimp right off,” he says. “You’re catching Trout, but you’re going through quite a bit of bait as well.”

The 360GT Coastal Shrimp is “fantastic also for Redfish, Snook and Tarpon,” Poveromo says. “It has the same body, same shape, same everything of a live shrimp, but with its plastic body, it stays on the hook, and stays out there longer.”

360GT Coastal Shrimp bodies are available in two sizes (3 inch and 4 inch) and 12 color patterns: Arkansas GLOW, Clear Holographic, Cayenne Gold, Gold GLOW, Gray Ghost, GLOW, New Penny, New Penny Chartreuse Tail, Pink Ghost, Pearl, Rootbeer and Sand Shrimp.

The 3-inch bodies come with either a 3/0, 1/16 ounce swimbait hook or a 2/0, 1/8 ounce jig head. The 4-inch bodies are available with either a 4/0, 1/8 ounce swimbait hook or a 3/0, 1/4 ounce jig head.
Retail Price: $4.99

Largo Shad
Swimming with a slow body roll and exaggerated tail swing, the 360GT Coastal Largo Shad can be customized by cutting or removing its unique tail tendon for a wider tail action. It swims on both the retrieve and during free fall.

“You start using these soft-baits with the swim-tails to match size and the coloration of the local baitfish,” Poveromo says. “In my area down here in Florida, it could be Pinfish and Pilchards.”

Because Pilchards are “sort of a wide baitfish,” Poveromo says, the Largo Shad does a great job of imitating them. “They have a little bit more of a thicker body than the other, more streamlined 360GT bodies,” he says.

The 360GT Largo Shad is available in two sizes (3 inch and 4 inch) and 18 color patterns: Arkansas GLOW, Blue Moon Chartreuse Tail, Electric Chicken, GLOW Chartreuse Tail, Green Back, Houdini, Hot Mama, Kickin’ Chicken, Limetreuse, Mangrove Red, Morning Glory, New Penny Chartreuse Tail, Pilchard, Pearl, Rootbeer Chartreuse Tail, Silver Mullet, Salt and Pepper Chartreuse Tail and Tiger Style.

The 3-inch bodies come with either a 3/0, 1/8 ounce swimbait hook or a 3/0, 1/8 ounce jig head. The 4-inch bodies are available with either a 5/0, 3/16 ounce swimbait hook or a 4/0, 1/4 ounce jig head.
Retail Price: $4.99

Mangrove Minnow
Swimming with a tight body roll and quick paddling cadence, the 360GT Coastal Mangrove Minnow also features a tail tendon that can be cut to widen its action. It swims on both the retrieve and fall.

360GT Mangrove Minnows are available in two sizes (3 inch and 4 inch) and 18 color patterns: Arkansas GLOW, Blue Moon Chartreuse Tail, Electric Chicken, GLOW Chartreuse Tail, Green Back, Houdini, Hot Mama, Kickin’ Chicken, Limetreuse, Mangrove Red, Morning Glory, New Penny Chartreuse Tail, Pilchard, Pearl, Rootbeer Chartreuse Tail, Silver Mullet, Salt and Pepper Chartreuse Tail and Tiger Style.

The 3-inch bodies come with either a 3/0, 1/8 ounce swimbait hook or a 2/0, 1/8 ounce jig head. The 4-inch bodies are available with either a 4/0, 1/8 ounce swimbait hook or a 3/0, 1/4 ounce jig head.
Retail Price: $4.99

Manta Tail
Rig the 360GT Coastal Manta Tail with a VMC Weighted Swimbait Hook and give it some twitches to make it change directions like a fleeing baitfish. Stop the retrieve and let the Manta Tail glide to the bottom as the body rocks and the tail wiggles on the descent.

When targeting deep weed pockets in coastal waters, rig a Manta Tail body on a jig head and let it soak on bottom, where the quivering tail action will entice even the wariest of fish.

360GT Manta Tails are available in two sizes (4 inch and 5 inch) and 18 color patterns: Blue Moon Chartreuse Tail, Chartreuse Pearl Pepper, Cayenne Gold, Electric Chicken, Gold GLOW, GLOW, Houdini, Hot Mama, Kickin’ Chicken, Mangrove Red, New Penny, Pink, Pilchard, Panhandle Moonshine, Pearl, Rootbeer Chartreuse Tail, Silver Mullet and Tiger Style.

The 4-inch bodies come with either a 3/0, 1/16 ounce swimbait hook or a 3/0, 1/8 ounce jig head. The 5-inch bodies are available with either a 4/0, 1/8 ounce swimbait hook or a 4/0, 1/4 ounce jig head.
Retail Price: $4.99

Trick Tail
A great choice for classic, soft jerkbait-style fishing, a 360GT Coastal Trick Tail rigged on a VMC Swimbait Hook glides and changes direction like a fleeing baitfish. When paused, its entire body rocks and its tail wiggles as it falls. Remove the tail webbing to increase the amount of tail wiggle on the fall.

Rigged on a 360GT jig head, the Trick Tail works extraordinarily well for probing the bottom and fishing with a lift-and-drop technique.

The 360GT Trick Tail is available in one size (5 inches) and 18 color patterns: Blue Moon Chartreuse Tail, Chartreuse Pearl Pepper, Cayenne Gold, Electric Chicken, Gold GLOW, GLOW, Houdini, Hot Mama, Kickin’ Chicken, Mangrove Red, New Penny, Pink, Pilchard, Panhandle Moonshine, Pearl, Rootbeer Chartreuse Tail, Silver Mullet and Tiger Style. It comes with either a 4/0, 1/8 ounce swimbait hook or a 4/0, ¼ ounce jig head.
Retail Price: $4.99

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