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Missile Baits Adds a Convenient Quiver to their Arsenal of Baits


Date: 10/5/20
Tackle Type: Lures
Manufacturer: Missile Baits
Reviewer: Cal

Total Score: 7.83 - GOOD

Bass anglers are constantly coming up with new, unique ways to present one of the most basic baits ever developed for this past time - the plastic worm. One of the latest trends is probably five to ten years old, but has caught fire of late evidenced by the number of new bait introductions by manufacturers to enhance the technique. See, that's the cycle; anglers develop a new way to fish something that's been around forever; trend catches on; manufacturers catch wind and tweak that something further to enhance the new way it's being fished; more anglers jump on the trend; anglers tweak further; and the cycle starts over again.


Introducing the latest from Missile Baits, the Quiver Worm


The technique we're discussing today involves sticking a specialized weight into the head of the worm, and rigging your hook somewhere along the body of that worm so it dangles, head down and tail up. That's right, it's the Neko rig and Missile Baits has a new worm to increase your chances of getting bit while fishing this technique. Here's our look at their Quiver Worm.


Missile Baits Quiver Worm Specifications

Type Neko Rig Worm
Material Soft Plastic
Colors/Patterns 15
Sizes 4.5 & 6.5 inch
Scent/Plastic Treatment Anise oil and craw scent
# per package 8 (4/5"), 6 (6.5")
Resealable Bag? Yes
MSRP $3.99


Impressions: If you're a bass fisherman at any level of experience, the likely hood that you fish a plastic worm in an unconventional manner of some sort is very high. The Neko rig is one of those techniques that had been practiced for a long time before it grew in popularity and was eventually given a name or credited to an angler as "inventing it." From what I recall, it started a a method to weight a wacky rigged soft plastic stick bait like the Senko.


The Quiver Worm is available in both 4.5" and 6.5" lengths

Today, there are specialized weights, hooks, O-rings, and last but not least, worms. Missile Baits joins the fray with worm that resembles a slimmed down version of a stick bait but with the added attraction of a slender, elongated, flat tail that bulges out from the bait's body, but comes back down to a point similar to the profile view of a fish. Missile also offers a series of weights to help with rigging your Quiver worm or any other bait you'd like to fish in this manner.

The main body is like a slender stick bait

Real World Tests: I mostly fished Missile Bait's Quiver on my combo of a Phenix Rods FTX-C277MH, two piece rod and Abu Garcia Revo EXD. I had the reel spooled with 6lb Sufix Advance FC. To rig the bait, I made use of Frenzy Baits's Wacky Saddle but instead of using the accompanying rigging tube, I used the G7 Worm Tube Pliers. For weight, I used Missile's own Neko Weights.

The tail is flat and shaped like a bait fish


Given all those rigging aids, setting up the Quiver was a breeze. Once in the water, the bait darts around competently with that head down, tail up position. The tail, with that flat, shad-like shape, does a good job of subtly waving around with the current if you keep the bait still but it does a better job with its follow through of accentuating the worm's motion if you shake or hop the bait during your presentation.


Installation of an O-ring is simplified with a tool like G7's Worm Tube Pliers


Durability wise, I'd say Missile's new Quiver Worm is about average. The manufacturer uses a nice grade of soft plastic that gives the worm good freedom of movement without being too soft or too stiff. It feels like the same consistency used in all their product. Additionally, making use of the wacky rig with the assistance of an O-ring or something like Frenzy's Wacky Saddle really helps your baits last through more fish than they typically would because nothing is tearing through your bait.


Just slide the worm through the pliers and place the O-ring where you'd like

Design & Ergonomics: Missile Bait's Quiver Worm is available in two sizes, four and a half (4.5) and six and a half (6.5) inches. It is offered in fifteen (15) different colors and impregnated with an anise oil and crawdad scent to enhance tastiness to both encourage fish to bite and also hold on longer once they do bite giving you time to set the hook.

Both sizes of the Quiver Worm retail for $3.99 per pack

Price & Applications: Both sizes retail for $3.99 per pack but the quantity of worms in the re-sealable bags varies (eight for the 4.5 and six for the 6.5) depending on the size of the worm. The Quiver Worm is a very worthy addition to your Neko rig bait arsenal, but let's face it, it's a plastic worm. There are many more ways you can fish this bait and still get bit.

Missile Baits also makes Neko weights to simplify rigging



Missile Baits Quiver Worm Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Very consistent bait to bait 8.5
Performance Nice wiggling action in that tail 9
Price Roughly $0.50 - $0.67 per bait 7
Features Slim profile, infused with fish attractant, comes in a re-sealable bag 7
Design (Ergonomics) Available in 2 sizes and 15 colors 7.5
Application Certainly more versatile than just a Neko rig worm 8

Total Score

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Pluses and Minuses:


+ Available in two sizes - The oil is both a plus and a minus. On the minus side, it can get messy if you don't re-seal the bag properly
+ Infused with scent to encourage fish to bite  
+ Good variety of colors  


The most important thing to remember with Missile Baits's new Quiver Worm is that while it may be designed to be fished a certain way, it is, afterall, a plastic worm

Conclusion: The most important thing to remember with Missile Baits's new Quiver Worm is that while it may be designed to be fished a certain way, it is, afterall, a plastic worm and can be fished any number of different ways. Personally, that 6.5" length is perfect for many different presentations including unweighted in a Texas rig pitched and cast around docks and tulles in the CA Delta, or peg weighted into weed clumps. As with the majority of soft plastic baits, imagination is the key and who knows, maybe you'll find a new way to fish the Quiver Worm and have a technique named after you someday!

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