Introducing Missile Bait's new The 48 worm.
Impressions: When we think of that soft plastic stick bait, the one every other will be compared to from here through the foreseeable future is Gary Yamamoto's Senko. Most bait manufacturers, when seeking to create a bait to compete in this category simply mimic the shape and profile of this proven bait. Missile Baits it seems, has gone to great lengths not to do this. Their "The 48" worm measures only 4.8 inches in length but features a profile with two kind of fat ends connected through a skinny section in the middle.
The 48 worm features a profile with two kind of fat ends
connected through a skinny section in the middle.
These ends aren't symmetrical and are actually layered and shaped more like a hand pour with a distinct top and bottom. The top of the bait has very subtle ridges mimicking those found on a night crawler and they are directed out from the middle on both ends.
My favorite way to fish this bait was wacky style.
Real World Tests: I fished The 48 two different ways, on a jig head rigged in a manner I used to refer to as a lazy man's Neko Rig but now popularized as the Ned Rig, and wacky style with a weighted jig head.
Owner's Wacky Jighead is a weedless, weighted jighead made
especially for wacky style worms.
I was never a big proponent of the Neko Rig primarily because I don't like the idea of occasionally losing that nail weight in one end of the plastic bait or losing the bait all together with the weight still inside. Though the action is a little different with a weighted jighead because of where your line is attached to the bait, I always preferred rigging my weighted stick bait in this manner also because you can Texas rig the plastic.
The 48 rigged on the Owner Wacky Jighead.
Missile Bait's The 48
worm is a really good soft plastic stick bait to fish Neko Rig style because of that skinny mid section. It gives the bait a natural hinge so when you hop the bait or even just drag it along the bottom, the free end dances around unencumbered closely resembling a night crawler that's fallen into the water writhing around as it sinks to the bottom.
If you prefer more of a do-nothing action, Missile Baits recommends cutting the bait in half giving you two baits in one.
There's no denying
wacky rigged worms catch fish.
Rigged with a weighted jighead like Owner's Wacky Jig Head, both ends of The 48 worm are free to move around and do so much more freely than traditionally shaped soft plastic stick baits. This was actually my favorite way to fish this bait.
Taking a closer look at The 48 reveals a true top and bottom.
Design & Ergonomics: Unlike many other soft plastic stick baits, Missile Baits offers The 48 in only one size - its namesake dimension of 4.8 inches. The baits come in a re-sealable package of eight and are not packed or poured with any fish attractant scent but the plastic is salt injected to aid with buoyancy. The salt also has the tendency to make he fish hold onto the bait a bit longer having the same effect as a scent without the mess.
of the bait features ridges for a realistic texture.
Price & Applications: Missile Baits prices all their soft plastic baits at $4.99. As mentioned earlier, for The 48, you get eight baits per package at this price. Fish the bait wacky, ned rigged, neko rigged, or straight up Texas rigged weightless, it's a surprisingly versatile bait for a profile often associated with "do nothing".
The bottom of the bait is more smooth, kind of
reminiscent of a hand poured bait.