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