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Another Bait Joins the Squad, Missile's Ned Bomb


Date: 2/8/21
Tackle Type: Lures
Manufacturer: Missile Baits
Reviewer: Cal

Total Score: 8.0 - GREAT

When a bait craze hits the bass scene, you can be sure manufacturers will respond with product to aid your efforts in building an arsenal worthy of the latest battle plan. Missile Baits out of Salem, Virginia has a complete catalog of artillery you can rely upon to build your soft bait armory and now have something to bolster your offense in the latest finesse strategy to take the local waterways. We've acquired some of these devices and are now ready to share with you our experience with the company's latest: introducing the Ned Bomb.


Missile Baits Ned Bomb Worm Specifications

Type Ned Worm
Material Soft Plastic
Colors/Patterns 24
Sizes 3.25"
Scent/Plastic Treatment Anise oil and craw scent
# per package 10
Resealable Bag? Yes
MSRP $3.99

Introducing Missile Baits's Ned Bomb

Impressions: If you're familiar with Missile Baits's Bomb Shot drop shot bait, their Ned Bomb will feel very familiar. The company is doing a good job coming up with a signature look with their baits and the Ned Bomb looks like a huskier version of the Bomb Shot. It's a little shorter at three and a quarter inches (3.25") instead of four, and the bait's body reminds me of a skinny grub with less pronounced rings than that of the Bomb Shot. Its tail is very similar to that of the Bomb Shot only a more wide.


The Ned Bomb has a familiar shape and size that fits right into the Missile Baits family of soft plastics

Real World Tests: I fished this bait early in the season while testing my Shimano Stradic FL C3000-XG. The reel was spooled with 20lb Spiderwire UltraCast X8¬†and topshotted it with some†6lb Seaguar Tatsu and mounted on one of the brand new ARK Rods Reinforcer spinning rods (7'-3" medium light), but of course I fished this bait on other combos as well.

There are rings on the body though not as pronounced as those of the Bomb Shot


Fished in the manner for which it was intended, there's really not much to rigging the Ned Bomb. Simply thread it onto the hook shank and you're ready to go. I tend to favor the hook point coming out of the darker side of the bait feeling like that's the top, but there really is no top or bottom to this bait. I'm sure even if the hook point were coming out the side of the bait, it'd make no difference to the fish.


Missile uses this same tail on a few of their bait products


The big question with any bait made or used for the Ned rig is whether or not it is buoyant enough to counteract the jighead and actually stand up. The flat top mushroom head of these jigheads helps, but that's assuming your bait lands on a flat spot. So to test effectiveness, I rigged the Ned Bomb on some of the heavier jigheads I had on hand to see how well it stands up when tilted off to one side or the other.


The Ned Bomb rigged on (from left to right) 1/10, 1/6, 1/5 oz Z-Man Pro Shroomz Ned Rig heads. Note the rings on the bait's body are effective at trapping air


The Ned Bomb was able to right itself when tilted from angles of about 45 degrees and shallower with the heaviest Z-Man Pro Shroomz Ned Rig head I had on hand, the 1/5oz. This gives me good confidence this bait presents itself correctly no matter what bottom conditions I may encounter while fishing.


Right side up or upside down?


Judging by the response I got from the fish, I'd say that confidence is correctly placed. You may also like to know durability of the Ned Bomb is pretty good, that is, unless you run into a spot with a lot of small fish around. Why is it those little guys always tear up your favorite baits? Regardless, for the most part, the Ned Bomb will last through a handful of fish before needing replacement. It's so small, most fish just engulf it, but that tail can be ripped off if hit correctly or fished in an area with a lot of bluegill or similar, small sunfish

I usually rig with the darker side as the top

Design & Ergonomics: Missile's Ned Bomb is available in amazing array of twenty four (24) different colors including solid, laminate, and patterns where the body is one color and the tail another. The worms are packaged with an anise oil and craw scent in a bag that is easily resealable. There are ten (10) baits per package.

The Ned Bomb's flat head is perfect for lining up against your jighead of choice

Price & Applications: Retail on the Ned Bomb is $3.99 per package or roughly $0.40 per bait. It is designed as a ned bait, but naturally can be used as a trailer on a finesse jig, the main attraction on a drop shot rig, or anywhere else a diminutive soft plastic may suit.

Just three of the amazing 24 available colors


Missile Baits Ned Bomb Worm Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Very consistent bait to bait with some very intricate color options 8.5
Performance Sits upright on the right sized head with a tail that dances around very convincingly in the current 9
Price $0.40 per bait 7
Features Compact body, durable, craw scent 7.5
Design (Ergonomics) Big color selection 8
Application Designed as a ned bait but can be used for any number of finesse applications 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:


+ Nice, compact design - The bait is so small, you can get into a rut with smaller, unscorable, fish at times
+ Available in a wide assortment of colors  
+ Craw scent helps keep fish holding onto the bait a little longer  


If you're planning your next finesse assault and need more artillery to compliment your Ned Rig strategy, you might want to add Missile Baits's new Ned Bomb to your shopping list


Conclusion: Realistically, Missile Baits's Ned Bomb together with the Quiver Worm and Bomb Shot could be thought of as the same bait with the only difference being their lengths, and in the case of the Bomb Shot, their girths. Not that there's really anything wrong with that because similarities between product is what defines a family. The important consideration is each variation works and is effective in more ways than simply the technique for which it is advertised. Naturally confidence in one size and configuration is instantly transferable to the other. So if you're planning your next finesse assault and need more artillery to compliment your Ned Rig strategy, you might want to add Missile Baits's new Ned Bomb to your shopping list.


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