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Old School Rhythms with the Reins Paddle Tail Worm


Date: 1/3/22
Tackle Type: Lures
Manufacturer: Reins
Reviewer: Cal

Total Score: 6.91 - FAIR

Reins has slowly and carefully been building out their soft plastic bait catalog over the last few years and one of their plastic products is an ode to the old school. Today we take a look at Reins's somewhat new, old school paddle tail worm.


Reins Paddle Tail Worm Specifications

Type Paddle Tail Worm
Material Soft Plastic
Colors/Patterns 7
Sizes 6"
Scent/Plastic Treatment Yes (unspecified)
# per package 6
Resealable Bag? Yes
MSRP $7.69

Introducing the Reins paddle tail worm

Impressions: The Reins paddle tail is a six inch worm with a pretty traditional configuration. They come in a resealable bag of six baits and are available in seven different colors. The packaging includes an oily scent additive to give the worms added flavor.


As the name describes, this a six inch worm with a big paddle at the end

Real World Tests: As with any plastic worm product, there are any number of ways to rig this bait. I chose a simple Texas rig with a minimal tungsten weight pegged to the top of the worm with a stopper. I fished it aboard my "do-everything" Megabass Orochi XX F4.5-74XXS Enforcer paired with my Megabass LIN258 HM spooled with ten pound (10lb) testBerkley Fireline Ultra 8 in smoke.

The body of the bait is pretty standard


Paddle tail worms might be old school, but they're still pretty new to me. I just never had occasion to fish them much going instead for the curly tail or straight up finesse worms. It took a while for me to get a rhythm with this bait, but it seemed to work best for me pitched up to and worked in, around, and through visible structure.


The paddle tail is not in the tradition of a swimbait, but the old school worm


The tail is flat and doesn't really have much movement as you drag the bait through the water. My guess is, it's just a different profile than what bass are accustomed to seeing and those that hit the bait are probably just irked at the sight of it.


It's available in seven different colors

Actual durability of the Reins paddle tail worm is average to poor depending on how aggressive the fish that hits the bait feels. To me, poor durability means better fish catching appeal. I'd much rather fish a bait that gets torn up catching fish than one I can keep on my hook all day long for just a couple bites.

Viewed at this angle, we're reminded of the Senko

Design & Ergonomics: The bait's body reminds me of that popular, soft plastic stick bait beginning with an S and ending in an O, and if you pinch the paddle tail off, you'll have a very good approximation of a Senko. You can also pinch the bait down from the head leaving a short, stubby body and the tail for a make shift Ned Rig bait that seems to be gaining so much notoriety these days.

For those times the fish are wanting something just a little more lively than a dead stick bait

Price & Applications: When it comes down to it, the Reins paddle tail worm comes out to just a little over a dollar a worm, which seems like a lot. Given its versatility it could be a good option for those times the fish are wanting something just a little more lively than a dead stick bait.


Reins Paddle Tail Worm Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality It's a quality worm with good color and detail 7.5
Performance Easy to rig, pitch, and cast 7
Price On the enthusiast side of soft plastic baits at $7.69 per pack. At this price there are quite a few competing options to select from 6
Features Scent infused, resealable bag 7
Design (Ergonomics) A basic if not limited color palette. It doesn't quite have the uniqueness or appeal of some of Reins other soft plastics 6
Application As with any soft plastic bait, imagination is the key 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!
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Pluses and Minuses:


+ Old School Design - Cost per worm is a bit high
+ Scent Infused - Slight variation on the traditional stickbait. There are a lot of good options
+ Resealable Bag  


When a return to the basics is in order and you want to fish something old school, the Reins paddle tail worm may be just the ticket.


Conclusion: Coming off my experience with the Bubbling Shaker, I was excited to try another bait from Reins. Their paddle tail worm is definitely more old school and closer to a traditional worm than the Bubbling Shaker. Unlike the Bubbling Shaker, their paddle tail worm is only available in a few select colors. It's a solid palette, but pretty basic which kind of goes with the theme of this worm really. When a return to the basics is in order and you want to fish something old school, the Reins paddle tail worm has a lot of good attributes, but faces some stiff competition from a proven field.


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