Of course, to keep things interesting, I didn't
just use a mushroom shaped jighead but a wide range of traditional shakey heads
including those made by manufacturers such as Frenzy Baits, and also a more generic weighted jighead from Gamakatsu, their Alien Head.
The skinny end comes down to a nice slender taper.
Rigging is pretty straight forward with either of these heads although the Gamakatsu Alien Head does allow you to rig your soft plastics Texas style instead of with the hook exposed like with the Frenzy heads.
You can see the injected salt on the bottom of the bait.
Roboworm's Ned Worms are pretty compact and thread through the hook or onto the bait keeper easily and sit on the jighead very securely. I always rigged them with the fat side onto the hook and the skinny side dangling free, but honestly, there's no reason why you can't fish the bait backwards as well.
The salt gives this bait very good buoyancy.
On the fall, the Ned Worm is the epitome of a do nothing bait. It's really just a short, stub of plastic sitting off the bottom, but it does have the buoyancy to stand up off the bottom when at rest even with
many of the odd shaped jigheads I was using.
The 3 inch version of this bait is much more stubby.
For most of our tests on a jighead, I leaned towards the larger four and a half inch (4.5") sized bait. When it was time to sample the smaller, three inch (3") bait, I couldn't help but fish that bait on a drop shot rig. Something about the shape and size of this bait at 3 inches makes it feel like an ideal drop shot bait. I'm happy to report, the Ned Worm is just as effective fished in this manner as well.
The head is similar to the 4.5".
Design & Ergonomics: Roboworms never really makes use of fish attractant scents with their baits but instead they typically inject their soft plastics with salt. The Ned Worm benefits from this treatment and I'm sure it's what helps make this bait so buoyant in the water.
You can literally see the salt crystals on the bottom of the bait. These worms are poured from the same, super soft plastic as their Straight Tail and Fat Worm finesse products so if you're looking for one bait to last you through more than a handful of fish, you will be disappointed with the Ned Worm.
But the tail is no where near as slender.
Price & Applications: Roboworm sells the Ned Worm in packs of 6 or 8 (depending on the size) for $3.99 - $4.29. They're available in twenty different colors and as we know with all soft plastics, they're pretty much as versatile as your imagination will allow. Don't let the fact that they are named after a specific technique pigeon hole how you fish them even though that's almost exactly what happened to me during our tests with this bait.