Soft fishing baits can be almost as effective as natural baits. Built-in scent and a variety of configurations - fish, worm and eel imitations and shad-like bodies with different tail shapes for lifelike action - can be deadly over a wide range of water types and fishing situations. Most of the soft lures can be rigged weedless: the hook is buried inside the soft body where it cannot catch on obstructions. Nowadays soft baits are not just made out of plastic: some manufacturers have created materials that look like plastic but are actually biodegradable, edible and made of real food. Soft plastic lures are easy to use, easy to transport, all-round, any conditions, any time of year.