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The “Prologue” to this Worm’s Story Starts with Choices (continued)


Retrieve cont'd: The Prologue is effective the second it hits the water. This soft plastic bait features a very pliable design allowing the entire bait to vibrate and the tail will quiver with the current alone. Once the lure hits the bottom it will float up and it is this buoyancy that helps put it right in the strike zone. At the Delta I caught most of my fishing during the fall when pitching the tule line, but at El Salto and Clear Lake the majority of fish came off the bottom when I was barely moving the bait. Though I was doing little to advance the Prologue through the water the lure’s quivering tail was enough to get fish interested enough to strike as the bait simply hovers off the bottom. 


It doesn't take long to catch the first fish right off the bottom


Price and Applications: As you might expect these imported plastics are not cheap and sourcing the largest 14” size here in the U.S can also be challenge. A pack of  5’5” worms costs $9.99 and a pack of the 8” worms retails for $10.99. Doesn’t sound too bad? How about the fact that there are only 6 and 5 worms to a pack respectively, which puts the price of each worm well over the 1 dollar mark. Compared to other plastics this is considered expensive.


The Prologue is also very pliable


So why pay so much per worm? How about the other fact that this versatile baits just plain works and is effective in a wide range of conditions. Though very substantial in profile the Prologue was effective in both murky and clear water, and while we had the most success in warmer conditions they were able to draw strikes on cold days when fished slowly. The ability to rig the worm so many different ways and just let the tail do the work make this a deadly weapon, especially since not many bass here in the U.S. have ever seen this lure…..yet. 


Rigged traditional Texas style


While the existing patterns cover a wide range of applications I do wish more colors were available and a red color would really come in handy on certain bodies of water, including the California Delta. In terms of durability the Prologue is decent and can take a few strikes before the head portion is torn up and re-rigging is required. As long as the vibrating tail is intact I found that I could actually tear off the head and continue to fish the worm Texas style effectively, however if fishing wacky style both heads are required for a proper presentation.


A El Salto fish takes the Prologue right at the base of a submerged tree


The larger the worm the less strikes I got, but as with bigger swimbaits I caught more quality fish with the bigger lures, though there were not that many fish that I found were willing to take on the 14” snake, ummm I mean worm. I did land a very feisty 6lbr. with this mammoth lure and I’m sure if I really committed to this bait for long periods then I could certainly catch bigger. Fishing the biggest size requires a swimbait type mentality, go big or go home, and for most anglers the 5.5” and 8” sizes will be the best bet.


The sharp tail quivers with just the slightest movement of the rod tip


Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide):

Roman Made Prologue Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality While most Anglers know Roman made for their hard bodied handmade swimbaits the company brings that same attention to detail in this well made bait 9
Performance Very good overall performance on the smaller two sizes. The larger size is a good choice for big bass hunters that are willing to sacrifice strikes for that one really big fish. The buoyancy of these lures make this a good choice to target fish holding at or right above the bottom of the lake. Like some other plastics the bait can come off with viscous headshakes 8.5
Price The Prologue Worms are expensive. For example the 8" worm comes 5 per pack for $10.99, that is over 2 dollars a bait! While expensive this is no surprise considering Roman Made's pedigree 5.5
Features This plastic is feature rich and has a unique design from end to end as well as buoyancy. The only thing we would really like to see is more color options, the three colors are quite similar and a deep red or blue would be great additions 8
Design (Ergonomics) The prologue is easy to fish and can be cast both with and without weight though anglers will want to fish it with a weight in all but the most shallow conditions where it can be twitched near the surface 8
Application The Prologue Worm can be fished a ton of different ways including Texas, Carolina, on a jig head, Neko-Rig, Wacky and more. On top of these choices anglers have options from traditionally sized 5.5" baits to the absolutely mammoth 14" version. Choices, choices... 9

Total Score

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here


Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

+ A uniquely styled plastic worm - Expensive when compared with other plastics
+ Lots of size choices including a huge 14" version - Not a lot of color options
+ Effective at drawing strikes in both clear and stained water  
+ The lure's buoyancy makes this a great choice for fishing for big fish with finesse  
+ A ton of choices when it comes to rigging  


Conclusion:  With Lake Biwa kicking out world record fish it is no surprise that a company like Roman Made was spawned from the region. With a testing ground like Biwa Roman Made can continually refine their offerings, and it makes sense that the company focuses on designing big fish catching products.


The smaller sizes caught more fish but it is good to know anglers have plenty of choices in bait size and rigging techniques. Though expensive the Prologue Worms do deliver!


The Prologue doesn’t quite fit the “mold” of traditional stick style worm, and while they certainly are not the most cost effective baits the combination of the lure’s high buoyancy and that excellent vibrating tail make for a deadly fish attracting combination when fished so many different ways. With so many different choices to fish these baits anglers can really get creative, and it is that flexibility to attack each application that gives anglers an opportunity to end the story with a big fish on the line.


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