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Your Next Secret Weapon? Big Bite Bait's Coontail Worm


Date: 1/17/19
Tackle Type: Lures
Manufacturer: Big Bite Baits
Reviewer: Cal

Total Score: 7.83 - GOOD

My introduction to the bass fishing scene came in the mid 1980's where I recall one of the stable baits. It was a soft plastic worm with little ridges from its head all the way down to its curly tail. It was appropriately named a ringworm. Since that time, I can recall seeing variations to this theme not only with worms, but other soft plastic baits as well. There's something about the texture of those baits that makes bass hold on giving you ample opportunity to feel the bite and set the hook. Russ Lane, BASS Elite Series Pro, is well aware of this advantage, so when Big Bite Baits gave him the opportunity to design his own soft plastic worm, he jumped at the chance to make a variation of this staple to add to his signature line of baits. Here's our look at Big Bite Bait's, Russ Lane Coontail worm.


Big Bite Baits Russ Lane Coontail Worm Specifications

Type Worm
Material Soft Plastic
Colors/Patterns 10
Sizes 4 3/4"
Scent/Plastic Treatment Big Bite Baits Bite Juice
# per package 7
Re-sealable Bag? Yes
MSRP $3.99

Introducing Big Bite Bait's Coontail Worm.

Impressions: The Coontail Worm measures just under five inches in length and varies in diameter from head to its stubby little tail. It is covered in the afore mentioned rings, but what's interesting about this bait is its core is not straight. That bit of plastic that serves as the bait's spine is actually curved, giving it a more lifelike organic shape. It's available in roughly 10 different colors and comes in a re-sealable pack of 7 baits for $3.99.

The Coontail worm features rings all the way up and down its length.

Real World Tests: As with any soft plastic worm, there are a countless number of ways you can fish this bait, but my primary application was to use it as a drop shot worm. I fished it on the end of 6lb Sunline Sniper Fluorocarbon spooled onto a Daiwa Exist spinning reel mounted on my St. Croix Legend Elite ES70MLF.

It measures just under five inches in length and varies in diameter from head to its stubby little tail.


Ease of Rigging : Naturally, rigged as a drop shot bait, all you have to do is pierce the nose of the Coontail Worm with the hook, but you can also pierce it through the midsection to rig wacky. If you choose to fish the bait Texas rigged, there's enough meat at the bait's head to hold it fast up by the line tie, and just barely enough meat along the spine to conceal the point of your hook.


Rigging for drop shot is this simple.


Ease of Actuation : In the water is where this bait's curved spine comes into play. Because the bait isn't straight, it has a built in wiggle action as it descends and the current sifts through the bait's rings at different angles. This worm is the epitome of a do-nothing bait.


The bait's spine is very thin so Texas rigging is possible, but probably only for a few fish before it will get torn up.

Durability : Surprisingly, as a drop shot bait at least, the Coontail Worm holds up very well through several catches. I imagine if you Texas rig the bait with a straight shank or EWG hook, durability will be a little less simply because there's not much plastic in the bait's body for you to conceal the hook.

Here's a good look at the bait's curved spine and irregular shape.

After a few bites, the Coontail worm can get torn up. On the plus side though, because there isn't much plastic in the bait's body, it doesn't take much force to set the hook with the Coontail Worm. Therefore you can fish it with lighter gauge hooks and light line to entice more bites.

The tail section comes to an end with a subtle little bump.

Design & Ergonomics: As mentioned above, the Coontail worm comes in a re-sealable bag of 7 baits and is available in 10 different colors. As with all Big Bite Bait soft plastics, it is packaged with their mysterious Bite Juice.

At $3.99 per pack of 7 baits, the Coontail Worm comes out to $0.57 per worm.

Price & Applications: At $3.99 per pack of 7 baits, the Coontail Worm comes out to $0.57 per worm. It's as versatile as you want it to be fished as a drop shot bait, shakey head trailer, Texas rigged, spinnerbait or jig trailer. That's the great thing about soft plastic baits like this, you can fish them in a number of different ways.


Big Bite Baits Russ Lane Coontail Worm Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Very consistent bait to bait 8
Performance The epitome of a do nothing worm 8
Price At $0.57 per worm, not a bargain, but not quite enthusiast either 7.5
Features It's all about the rings and that curved spine 8
Design (Ergonomics) Pre-packaged with fish attractant scent 7.5
Application A very good option for a finesse worm 8

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:


+ Bait's irregular shape has built in action - More color choices would be nice
+ Easy to rig  
+ Built in scent  


A very subtle bait, the Coontail Worm could be your next secret weapon.


Conclusion: Though not quite the recreation of that once ubiquitous ringworm, the Coontail worm is probably more effective. Not only does it have the same rings, but the bait's irregular shape and curved spine give it a built in action the ringworm never had. It's an innocuous, unassuming bait that won't get a lot of attention on the tackle store pegboard, but that's precisely why you should give it a try because what's better than fishing an effective little bait that no-one else has in their tackle box?


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