The latest ring-style worm to find its way onto our boat, Reins's Bubbling Shaker.
Impressions: The Reins Bubbling Shaker is available in six different sizes from three up to ten inches in length. It's a soft plastic worm with a thick head section that tapers down at the tail section before fattening back up at the end like a bull's tail. Except unlike a bull's tail, there's an additional, needle like rat tail at the very end of the bait. This is anything but a simple looking worm and as if that's not enough, the entire worm is textured with rings from just behind its head down to the needle, rat tail.
The Bubbling Shaker has a very interesting shape.
Real World Tests: I fished the Bubbling Shaker tipped at the end of my drop shot rig all through the spring so to narrow it down to just one or two combos is not possible. The important thing to note here is though I only fished this worm as a finesse bait, it's certainly capable of much more.
The top half of the bait is pretty straight forward.
Ring textured worms are certainly not anything new, but there has been a proliferation of these baits in recent years. These rings make the baits feel softer and really do trap air bubbles upon splash down and as the bait sinks. The release of those bubbles as the worms wiggle around underwater add to the bait's attraction.
Covered, of course in those rings.
As mentioned earlier, the Bubbling Shaker is pretty much covered from head to tail with these rings giving the bait incredible flexibility that responds to the smallest of currents, water movement, and movement in your line - assuming you're one to shake the tip of your rod.
The rings give the bait a very soft texture and makes the worm more flexible.
Another advantage with baits like this? Those rings help the bait hold on to any scents you add to the bait releasing them much more slowly into the water and creating a bit of a scent trail as you retrieve the bait back to your position. Like most Reins soft plastic baits, the Bubbling Shaker comes pre-infused with some type of fish attractant scent, but we know some anglers like to add their own regardless.
Unlike a straight worm, the Bubbling Shaker tapers towards the end.
Fished as a dropshot bait, durability of the Bubbling Shaker is surprisingly good. The bait's plastic, while soft, is still not as soft and easily torn as say a Roboworm.
The bait's head is its thickest section, so when you nose hook the bait, you're going through a good amount of material. Results will vary of course depending on how the fish are biting, but the Bubbling Shaker held up better than I anticipated.
Before fattening back up right at the end, and then ending in a little needle of a rat tail tip.
Design & Ergonomics: The Bubbling Shaker is available in twenty four (24) different colors in six different sizes. The packages containing the baits are resealable and there are no additional oils in the bag for added fish attractant. Instead, the plastic itself is infused with an unspecified fish attractant formula.
This is a premium priced product.
Price & Applications: Retail on the Bubbling Shaker varies from $4.99 up to $7.49 depending on the size that interests you. Number of baits per package also varies depending on the bait's size but the price per bait of the 5" is roughly $0.78 while the 7" is roughly $1.36. This is a premium priced product but fishable in any number of applications including drop shot, shakey head, Texas rigged, Carolina rigged, and you can even fish the larger sizes unweighted for a tantalizing presentation.