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Creature Fever: This Roboworm is PHAT! (continued)

Casting: There are many ways to fish the Roboworm Fat Worm but for me all roads seem to lead back to finesse styles. You can certainly cast this bait on a Texas or Carolina rig and the extra material used to create the FAT Worm makes it a little more substantial and easy to cast on light line. Some anglers do use the FAT Worm for Carolina rigging because the added bulk of the lure does create more buoyancy. For me the FAT Worm is still best fished with a light action spinning rod designed for fishing drop shot rigs or shakey heads, or on a light finesse baitcasting rig with no more than 5-6lb. line.

I prefer fishing this worm with spinning gear

Retrieving: In most cases I prefer to employ the larger 6” FAT Worm but if the bite is tough I find that downsizing to the 4.5” usually results in more strikes. It is easy to build confidence on these lures and just a few twitches are all it takes to visually tune your presentation. I found that on a drop shot rig when rigged straight to the head I was able to get plenty of that subtle tail motion that I love in quality drop shot baits, but when fished wacky style I definitely preferred the traditional thin tail design of the original which seems to dance more tantalizingly in the water.

The FAT Worm is still a great choice for drop shot fishing

Where the FAT Worm really shines is with the Shakey Head technique where the more substantial body of the worm provides a much better rigging than the thinner diameter Straight Tail worms. Not only is the worm easier to rig it presents better and the worm stays intact better strike after strike. The same can be said about rigging this bait Texas or Carolina, not only are the baits easier to setup but they don’t fly off as easily when fish break the surface and head shake.

The thicker worm exhibits very even buoyancy and is easy to bring to life

Overall I found that the FAT Worm delivered plenty of strikes and fish but fished side by side against the Straight Tail the traditional bait still edged out the FAT Worm in most occasions. That isn’t to say that there were applications, like Shakey Head for example, where the FAT Worm was the obvious winner. The fact that anglers can choose to mix it up between the two baits is huge, and there are circumstances where fish just seem to want a bigger meal.

The thicker worm stays on hooks a bit better, even when fish head shake

Price & Applications: The FAT Worm is great for when you want to rig up a larger hook or fish Texas, Carolina and Shakey Head but don’t hesitate to fish this worm ultra finesse. During our tests the number one technique in terms to strike ratio versus time in the water was definitely drop shot. Once you lock into a particular pattern these worms can be deadly and are capable for picking apart a whole school of hungry fish. Robo’s most popular color is Morning Dawn and there are times when this is the only pattern you need. In addition to Morning Dawn typically load up on just a few select patterns including Aaron’s Magic, Margarita Mutilator, People’s Worm and Bold Bluegill, and I find I am able to just about cover the full gamut of applications.

Each pack comes with 8 worms

Unlike some competing hand pours the Roboworms are very consistent in terms of pour and action. Because each worm is poured by machine the same plastic mix and consistencies are used so each worm presents and fishes the same. This is a benefit for when you lock into a particular pattern that works. These worms are also cost effective with packs of eight 4.5” worms retailing for as low as $3.39 and the 6” worms retailing for just 10 cents more per pack. These baits along with Big Bite and some Berkley options are among the most cost effective worms on the market.

Poured by robots each worm is branded

Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide):

Roboworm FAT Worm Ratings  (?/10)

Construction/Quality It looks like hand pour but these custom worms are poured by robots, hence the name. These worms exhibit excellent consistency and quality throughout 9.5
Performance Many anglers have come to count on Roboworm when it comes to finesse fishing worms and the FAT Worm delivers when it comes to drop shot and is much easier to rig and fish Texas, Shakey Head and Carolina than traditional Robo Straight Tail worms. While these worms didn't necessarily outfish Robo's straight tail worms there are applications where they make sense and they are an excellent addition to any serious finesse angler's arsenal 9
Price A great price and a great overall value 9.5
Features The thicker diameter makes this worm easier to rig up with certain hooks and jigheads. The FAT Worms are available in many of the same quality Robo patterns we have confidence in 8
Design (Ergonomics) Easy to fish with lighter tackle and easier to rig with shakey heads 9
Application Great for finesse fishing but also good with certain power fishing techniques and even Texas rigging. This is a great bait for clear water and finicky fish and actually has a wider range of capability than many traditional thin profile worms 9

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!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here


Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

+ The quality you expect from Roboworm - Designed for Shakey and Darter Heads, which is excels at, but also good for drop shot but if this is your primary application the Straight Tail is hard to beat when it comes to ultimate finesse
+ Consistency, consistency, consistency  
+ Easier to rig on Shakey Heads  
+ A little more durable than thin profile worms  
+ Excellent price  

Conclusion: While these worms do not outfish the traditional Robo Straight Tail worms there are applications when the fatter profile of these worms allows anglers more effectively fish a shakey head, twitch a more substantial bait on a Carolina or drop shot rig, or simply present a bigger bait when a little less finesse is required. One of the best things about Roboworm plastics are that they exhibit the quality of custom hand pours yet are mass produced so they are priced very affordably.

The Roboworm FAT Worm is a great choice for fishing Shakey Heads and on Texas Rigs but is also deadly when used for finesse drop shotting

The ability to tweak your presentation is what the FAT Worms are all about, and like so many other Roboworm plastics these worms are downright fish catching machines. If you are an existing Roboworm fan you know what I am talking about, if you are not you would do serve yourself well to pick up a pack of these worms along with traditional Straight Tail worms and always have them handy for those times when nothing beats a good old fashioned worm. The bottom line, when it comes to finesse baits these Roboworms are PHAT!

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