After I repaired my reel to make it cast longer distances (spool was over filled), I wanted to test it and a 3.75" worm with a new design. A few things I learned and a few things confirmed:
1. Don't overfill your reel !
2. When it comes to cold water (41 degrees in this case), fish will still smack a lure like no tomorrow given their cold water immunity
. This morning I wanted to see the action of the worm on the drop, jigged off bottom and swum. Not great since the plastic I poured was too hard for the tail end to shimmy. But guess what? A 1.75 lb bass and 12" perch clobbered it! Which leads me to these question:
a. when matching jig hook size to lure size, how small is too small ?
b. when fishing in cold water, how long is too long when it comes to straight baits like Slider Worms?
a./b. V1 is the hook placement I had no problem hooking either fish. V2 is where the hook would normally emerge given a larger hook size. Just the fact that both species got hooked means that when it comes to larger fish
, their aggression level stimulated by lure design allows them to easily wrap their lips around a longer lure with short shank hook. In the case of the bass, the lure was completely in its mouth whereas smaller fish in my pond didn't bother.
(Note: The bass started out at 1 lb when stocked in my pond in spring; today that bass had grown to almost 2 lbs. being the only bass swimming alongside a smorgasbord of pan fish to snack on. Guess 'hog' applies!)
Back to tail design. The tail made the worm act slightly different regardless plastic's firmness and the retrieve; the tail's hook-profile might have an added visual stimulus.
Time to pour some more in soft
(note: pond is stocked with permits for five species)