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) test Berkley 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.