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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

• Big Bite Baits Biobait Trick Stick

After using Big Bite Baits plastics for a while, I became confident in their offerings and took an interest in their Biobait lineup. During a trip to Academy to replenish my plastic stickbait supply, I came across a 10 pack of shad-like colored Biobait Trick Sticks in the clearance section. The actual color was Green Pumpkin/Pearl, but I was looking for something similar to my slowly disappearing supply of shad colored Tiki Sticks. Since Wave Worms has pulled in-store retail sales, I’ve been left scrambling for alternatives. I had settled on the Big Bite Baits Trick Stick until I tried the Biobait version. Now, I think the Biobait has the edge.

Note: Big Bite Baits has discontinued the Biobait product line

Let’s talk about the Biobait products in general first. Many lure companies are putting biodegradable lures in their product lineups. With everyone and their brother tossing soft plastics out there, environmental concerns come into play and it’s just not fun thinking about filling our lakes full of lures that do not break down. That’s what the Biobait product line offers, along with a noticeable scent. The formula is something Big Bite Baits developed which allows a lure to release scent at a “higher rate than traditional plastic,” according to what was printed on the back of the package. The Biobait material is also much denser than regular plastic1. In addition to scent and the environmental implications, the formula also helps prevent the baits from drying out. In the Louisiana heat, I was able to put these worms to the test.

Bites have come at every possible moment imaginable in the retrieve, from seconds after the bait hits the water, seconds after the bait hits bottom, after subtle twitches, while sitting completely still, and even during a rapid twitch back to the boat. I suspect the added scent really helped because there have been many instances where I cast to a spot, felt a nibble, and missed, only to catch the fish one or two casts later. The fish could have also been in an aggressive mood. Either way, I caught something.

The Biobait version is definitely better than the plain Trick Stick. They are still five inches in length and the body design is exactly the same as the regular plastic version, complete with a hook recess in its back. In terms of action, these worms are lively and I find their erratic nature to be very close to what I experienced with the original Senko. The fall rates may differ between the two, but unlike a Senko, I can feel that I have a worm on the other end of my line when using the Biobait Trick Stick. So far, I’ve only really rigged them weightless with anything from a 3/0 to a 5/0 EWG offset hook, making sure to secure the bait in place using my barrel swivel tip. Otherwise, I’m certain I would have gone through both packs by now. I’ve thought about rigging one wacky with a circle hook, but with the way the body tears open, I would need to buy some O-rings or a similar wacky rig aid.

With rigging in mind, let me talk a bit about durability. Like many soft plastic baits, the two contact points are the spots where the most damage occurs. The first is right where you run the hook point through the body. The second is where the eye of the hook sticks out. On most worms this size and shape, both are problem areas. These Trick Sticks are equally vulnerable, but with regular use and the help of a keeper at the head, you can rest easy knowing one worm will outlast many competitors. Any extended tear along the body should raise an eyebrow. Plan on replacing it after the next bite or after a few more casts. I have lost a few during a fight with a fish, but I also sent a couple flying after a quick snap cast because of a rip in the worm near the hook insertion point.

The package claims these worms will not dry out. Anyone who has used scented soft plastics is familiar with what happens once you open the pack. Anglers know really soft lures dry out over time, especially when exposed to the elements. Upon opening the first pack, I noticed how slimy the consistency of these worms were. When fresh, the scent reminds me of walking through the paint or lumber department at Lowes. The Biobait formula was actually more durable than I expected. Not only does the scent stay around longer, but the worm itself does not acquire that rough feeling dried out baits often exhibit. Eventually, the scent will fade, but these worms maintain a very smooth and soft quality, feeling almost damp to the touch, even after a few days to a week. To be honest, they feel noticeably softer than the original Senko, Tiki Stick, and the original Trick Stick.

The only bad thing I can say about the Biobait Trick Stick offerings is that there are not many colors to choose from. Compared to the 40 plus choices in the regular Trick Stick lineup, the Biobait alternative only offers a miserable eight colors. Those colors include green pumpkin/pearl, green pumpkin, green pumpkin/purple, watermelon candy, green pumpkin/junebug, watermelon seed, watermelon red flake, and black blue. For the most part, those colors are widely considered “natural.” Still, for many bass anglers, those colors are often all they ever throw. I’d love to have an all pearl option and if they could make it, something in the bubblegum range. The problem is, in the world of biodegradable baits, colors are often limited by the materials inherent to the bait. They cost $5.99 for a 10 pack, but in light of similar baits, that price is about average. Just be sure to make them last.

It is my firm belief that every bass angler should have a stickworm like this in their tackle box. This style of worm has come through for me on many occasions, but other anglers swear by ‘em too. Use whatever brand you are comfortable with, but I recommend you keep Big Bite Baits on your list. The Biobait Trick Sticks are a fine choice.

Big Bite Baits Biobait Trick Stick
About Biobaits


References:
1. Schmidt, Cory. "Biodegradables for Bass". In Fisherman Magazine. September 8, 2010 < http://www.in-fisherman.com/content/biodegradables-bass/2 >.

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2 comments:

Coloradocasters said...

Stick baits are one of my favorite soft plastic tactics and I like some of the elements of these Big Bite Baits. Still hard to beat the Yamamato Senko in my book but I am willing to give these a try. This is a great post!!!

blake said...

good looking worms