Impressions: Berkley's Straight Money finesse worm is a somewhat typical straight tail worm only the tail flattens out into a very subtle paddle shape. One side of the bait's body also has subtle ridges mimicking those found on an earth worm (a.k.a. a night crawler). The bait's consistency is just a tad more firm than what you expect to find with a hand pour, but certainly still soft enough to get bit.
It has a consistency and feel similar to other PowerBait plastics, which
is different than the texture and suppleness of their Maxscent plastics.
Introducing Berkley's PowerBait Straight Money
Real World Tests: I fished Berkley's Straight Money worm on a variety of setups including an Abu Garcia IKE Travel series spinning rod paired with my Abu Garcia's IKE Signature Series IKE SP30 spinning reel and gave the reel a fresh spool of 20lb Spiderwire Stealth Camo braid topped with a 6lb Sufix Advance Fluorocarbon leader, and an ARK Rods Invoker Pro IVP76MLXS paired with my 2015 Daiwa Ballistic EX spinning reel spooled with a fresh supply of 20lb Berkley X9 braided line and a leader of 6lb Sufix Advance Fluorocarbon.
Designed primarily as a shaky head worm...
Fishing a straight tail worm is, pardon the pun, pretty straight forward. This new worm from Berkley is no exception. My primary method of fishing a bait like this is hooked through the nose or wacky style on a drop shot
but you can get creative with shakey heads, neko rigs, or even a finesse
There was a time I fished these baits solely on a split shot rig which is essentially a finesse method of presenting a Carolina rig, but I haven't fished that presentation in several years. The Straight Money would make a good split shot worm too.
I fished it more on a drop shot
The technique it was actually designed for was a shaky head - or at least, that's what the suggested hook on its packaging would suggest. No matter how you choose to fish this worm, what these techniques all have in common is the need for a worm with good buoyancy so your presentation can look like it has some life to it. Berkley's Straight Money worm has very good buoyancy. All that's needed to verify this is to drop one on the surface of the water. When this is done, the Straight Money just sits there almost as if it were walking on the surface.
The Straight Money's tail has a miniature paddle to help
That's about the extent of the bait's action too. It kind of just sits there. There is some shape to the Straight Money's tail and it will guide the bait when moving, perhaps even wiggle a little in the current when at rest, but finesse worms are very subtle in their appeal yet undeniable in their effectiveness.
The bait has some texture to it along the body
Depending on your method of rigging, durability of the Straight Money is average to above average. That slightly more stiff soft plastic bait consistency certainly helps in this department, but as usual with a bait like this, results vary bait to bait, fish to fish depending on how violently your catch takes the bait and thrashes about during the battle.
The more I fish these Powerbait infused soft plastics, the
more I appreciate the benefit
Design & Ergonomics: Berkley's Straight Money finesse worm is available in three sizes (5, 6, & 7 inches long) and twelve different colors. The worms are packaged in a resealable bag, and of course, are infused with the company's signature Powerbait formula encouraging fish not only to bite but to hold on longer when they do bite giving you more time to detect that take and set the hook.
The Straight Money is available in 3 sizes and sells for
$4.99 per pack
Price & Applications: The Straight Money has a straight up price of $4.99 for all three sizes. What changes is the number of baits per package. Naturally you get more with the smallest size (15 baits) and less with the larger size (10). As for applications, only your imagination is the limit. I often use a straight tail worm as a more subtle trailer on spinnerbait, buzzbait, or vibrating jig. The added bit of color can make the difference. The Straight Money is an excellent choice for this application because the Powerbait
is designed to stimulate more bites and get the fish to hold on longer as