Creature Fever: This Roboworm is PHAT!
Total Score: 9.00 -
Introduction: There is perhaps no more versatile plastic bait than
the good old fashioned worm, and when it comes to popularity the many offerings
from Roboworm definitely need to be included in the conversation. The Company
manufactures a wide range of robotic poured worms, hence the name, and their
baits duplicate the hand pour process but with an automated system. Over the
years the company has branched out to create new variations and patterns of old
favorites and as techniques have changed so have their offerings. We take a look
at a return to an “old school” design with our review of the Roboworm Fat Worm
4.5 and 6
Can you guess what
makes this bait
Straight Tail Worms?
Roboworm, or Robo as many anglers call them, is based in Southern California and
was founded by Harvey and Greg Stump who created a way to automatically pour
worms in the same manner as hand pours but with a higher level of quality and
consistency. Today even though their portfolio of products has grown they
continue to manufacturer these products in their U.S. facility.
That's right, they are FAT
The company has
had a long relationship with Pro Angler Aaron Martens who is known for finesse
fishing plastics. When we poll tournament Pros that fish on B.A.S.S. and F.L.W.
about whether or not they use Roboworm products during competition we get a
surprising number of positive responses, and yet the company seems to get only
limited amounts of press on the circuit. Could it be that these baits are so
engrained in the professional angler’s arsenal that they are considered a given,
or are they just a sleeper bait that many want to continue to try and keep on
the down-low? In either case Roboworms are well distributed and can be found on
many retail store shelves, e-tail buy pages and in the boat lockers of many
professional anglers and weekend warriors alike.
The underbelly of the worm is flat
and infused with salt
a worm isn’t all the glorious, but it is without a doubt effective, and there is
no one worm that can do it all. The Roboworm FAT Worm is a new take on an old
favorite and features a larger diameter and overall mass than the traditional 6”
and 4.5” Straight Tail worms. This is especially noticeable in the tail section
where the FAT Worms exhibit a much bulkier tail.
The worm features a thicker
diameter all the way to the tail
Straight Tail worms the FAT Worms are a combination of plastic infused with salt
to give the worm very specific buoyancy and is also designed to release a “burst
of salt with every bite.” Each FAT worm features three distinct layers, so
basically three different colors can be found on each worm.
A macro view of the worm showcases
the three layer pour
To test the FAT Worm we had three editors fish the worms over the course of an
entire season, often fishing them side by side with other Roboworms including
the traditional Straight Tail and flashier FX Series Straight Tail Worms. We
fished these worms on a wide range of Northern California bodies of water
including Clear Lake, Pardee, the California Delta as well as lakes on the other
side of the country in Florida like Toho and Okeechobee.
The FAT Worm is thicker and has
more rigidity that Robo's Straight Tail
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