Impressions: When I look at Berkley's Flute Tail worm, what comes to mind instead of a worm is a lamprey. The Flute's body is long and tapered like an eel and its head has this concave hole reminiscent of the parasitic creature's mouth. However, where a lamprey has a smooth body, the Flute has molded ridges along its length with three distinct depressions signifying optimal o-ring placement. This bait is custom tailored for those who like their baits a little wacky.
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Berkley's PowerBait Flute Worm
Real World Tests: I fished Berkley's Flute worm on a variety of spinning and casting setups primarily on fluorocarbon line ranging between six to ten pound test. It has plenty of heft to be fished on casting gear.
look at Berkley's Flute Tail worm, what comes to mind instead of a worm is a
Ease of Rigging : If ever there was a worm custom tailored to be fished on a Neko rig (nail wait in head, small finesse hook in the middle of the body somewhere), Berkley's Flute worm is it. The concave head makes it super easy to conceal your favorite size and brand nail weight and the ridges along the bait's body make it super easy to place your o-ring of choice. In my case, I made use of Frenzy's Wacky Saddle.
The ridges along the bait's body make it super easy to
place your o-ring of choice
Ease of Actuation : Once rigged and in the water, the Flute worm is pretty lively. Along with the concave head and o-ring ridges, the Flute worm is tapered from head to tail ending in a point. All it takes to get this bait to dance is a twitch of your rod tip or any movement that tightens your line. The bait responds quite readily.
I made use of Frenzy's Wacky Saddle.
Quality of Movement : In particular, that tapered point of the tail dances around like a rider trying to impress the crowd with his abilities on a mechanical bull. Fortunately, with the right hook and o-ring attachment, you don't have to worry about the Flute worm being thrown.
The concave head makes it super easy to place your favorite
size and brand nail weight
Position at Rest : When you're not trying to make it dance, the Flute worm does a decent job standing upright at rest. I had an easier time getting the larger sizes to stand in the water than I did the small ones, but it's still a kind of 50/50 game. It helps if you're using a nail weight with a flat head and push it in straight - something I'm inconsistent with myself.
A look at that concave head
Durability : If you fish this worm on a wacky rig, durability is pretty darn good. The bait's consistency is pretty soft though, so fished with a hook through the body like in a Texas rig or similar results in average durability.
The Flute Worm's tail ends in a nice point
Design & Ergonomics: Berkley's Power Bait Flute worm is available in three sizes (4.7, 5.7, 6.7 inches) and is of course, fused with the company's famous Powerbait formula. They come packaged in very convenient (and necessary when talking about Powerbait) resealable bags. There are twelve colors from which to choose and those that I fished (Green Pumpkin, IKE's Green Pumpkin Blue Flash, Green Weenie, IKE's Morning Dawn) had a very nice translucency.
The Flute Worm also makes a nice replacement tail on your
favorite rat bait
Price & Applications: The Flute worm varies in price from $4.99 through $6.99 depending on the size. This is one soft plastic bait product that demands to be fished the way in which it was designed because it so very easy to rig in that manner. However, being the out of the tackle box rebel that I am, I did find an alternate use for it as a replacement tail on a topwater rat - specifically, 22nd Century's Nezuma Rat. Just a little crazy glue to reinforce the connection and voila, a colorful rat tail.