Introducing the Reaction Innovations Pocket Rocket.
Impressions: The Pocket Rocket comes in two different sizes, four and a half and five and a half inches (4.5" & 5.5"). Each worm is pointed at the ends and skinnier at the center than the main body of the worm. One end of the bait actually is pointer than the other with the more blunt side giving you the option to Texas or Neko rig the bait rather than fish it wacky style.
The Pocket Rocket is tapered on both ends and in the middle.
There are ridges all up an down the bait that have more of an angular shape to them rather than just straight rings. These ridges angle away from the center of the bait so there's a distinct left and right side of the bait. Reaction Innovations does not infuse the plastic of this bait with any fish attracting scents.
The bait's ridges are reminiscent of the Sweet Beaver, also by Reaction Innovation.
The center is tapered, but there is no plastic band molded into the plastic to aid with wacky rigging.
Performance: I fished this bait primarily as a wacky worm (both with a weighted hook and unweighted hook) but also unweighted on a bare worm hook. I'm a little reluctant to use the Neko rig only because I don't like the idea of losing the weights.
The other end of the Pocket Rocket bait is less pointy and ready to either be rigged Texas style or with a weight inserted at this end for a Neko rig.
First attempts with this bait were with a weighted wacky style hook out on Clear Lake, CA. What I enjoy about the Pocket Rocket is, weighted or unweighted, it's a really easy bait to pitch and cast. It has a weight/density similar to a Senko, but the bait itself a lot more interesting because of its contour and texture.
One of my attempts to fish this bait with a weighted wacky hook.
Experiment met with success a few pitches down the shore!
I also fished this bait Texas style without a weight and on an unweighted wacky style hook. I was lucky enough to hook up with fish in all three techniques but spread out over several trips of course. It's an effective bait that sinks with a real neutral buoyancy and easy to activate with a little shake of your rod tip.
The Pocket Rocket has very good, neutral buoyancy.
Design/Ergonomics: Like most soft plastic baits today, the Pocket Rocket comes in a resealable plastic bag, and in packages of eight (8) or ten (10) depending on the size you're fishing. I only fished the five and a half inch (5.5") size which comes in a pack of 8 baits.
Even on a weighted jighead, the Pocket Rocket floats nicely.
Texas Rigged success on the CA Delta.
Durability of these baits is average. That tapered center section of the bait aids with rigging but can also lead to premature breakage after a couple of fish. I actually don't mind having to change baits out often as I prefer fishing soft plastic baits that are actually soft. I find soft plastic baits that are on the stiffer, non-compliant side are simply ineffective.
Trying the Pocket Rocket unweighted with a weedless wacky hook.
Price & Applications: The Pocket Rocket retails for $5.99 a package which equates to roughly $0.60 - $0.75 a worm. That's on the pricier side of soft plastic baits, but it's also from a manufacturer with a proven track record and with a bait that's proven effective for me.
Pitching into this hole on the CA Delta.
Fish or snag?.
As for actual applications, we kind of covered that already. Fish this bait weighted or unweighted wacky or Texas style, Neko rigged, Carolina rigged, etc.. It's one of those baits that can be fished any number of ways as long as you can figure out how to secure a hook and either weight or unweighted the worm, the hook, or even your fishing line.