The Unique Design of the Big Bite Baits Russ Lane Coontail Worm
If you walk into your local tackle shop or approach the soft plastics wall of a big outdoors store, the vast menagerie of worms, creatures, craws and lizards can be insanely overwhelming. Not to mention that every brand in the industry is bombarding you with new baits on a constant basis and putting out videos and articles as to why their latest chunk of rubber is what you need to be throwing the next time out on the lake.
How do you choose?
Is it the color? The shape? The fancy packaging? Do you take it home and do a taste test?
Old favorites, like a 6-inch curly tail or a brush hog still catch a ton of fish. When the bite gets tough, pressure gets heavy and fish get acclimated to the standard fair, sometimes the best thing you can do is find a bait that is just a little bit different and one that you can fish multiple ways.
Designed to Look Unique
The Big Bite Baits Russ Lane Coontail Worm has a profile that is unlike anything else on the market. The main body of the bait is not straight like a traditional worm or stick bait. Its center core looks a little twisted, like you took a regular worm and twisted it a bit. This design allows for action on the fall, that makes the bait wiggle in a very enticing way.
In addition to the main body, they’ve added a bulky tail and circular ribs that displace more water than your average worm. The tail does not float, but because it is bigger it falls more slowly, adding to that undulation that you’re looking for to make it shake in a natural way. Underwater, the ribs wave and move with the slightest hop or action, adding to the appeal.
The center core is not very thick, but the addition of the bigger tail and the ribs surrounding the bait gives the look of a much bulkier bait, so it is a great melding of a traditional straight worm with a bigger creature bait.
Designed to Be Versatile
After fishing the Coontail Worm, one of the things that will stand out right away is the plethora of options you have when rigging it. Many may immediately see this as a great Carolina rig bait and they wouldn’t be wrong! It floats through the water, slowly weaving and darting around. A perfect choice for dragging deep-water points or humps.
However, it is definitely not a one trick pony. It is tremendously effective for flipping and pitching when rigged Texas-style. The thinner body allows for easy hooksets, but the ribs keep the hook protected so you can fish it right up in the thickest stuff. Try it with a 3/0 or 4/0 offset worm hook and adjust your weight to the type of cover you’re fishing it in.
One other highly effective rigging option is a shaky head. The nose of the worm has enough plastic for the screw-lock to secure it easily. With the unique action, this bait will get fish to bite when a traditional, straight tailed worm is not doing the job.