Technical Sheet (XV): Paddle Tail Worms
The Paddle Tail Worms represent a very special category of softbaits, not very well known and not always exploited properly.
Paddle Tail Worms consist of two parts, the body and the paddle .
_The body: it is almost always round and can be thin and elongated, but it is usually stocky and short enough, which increases the intrinsic weight of the bait, which combined with greater compactness makes the bait itself much more ductile. In this sheet I will speak exclusively of Paddle Worms with a squat body and short, since the others have already made them fall into the category of Worms .
_The paddle : it can be wide or reduced, flat or concave, that is to “cup”. In the case of a concave paddle the amount of water moved will be even greater and there will also be a slight resistance to recovery.
The main feature of Paddle Tail Worms is their flexibility, sometimes really exasperated, as in the case of the Black Flagg HearthBreaker in the picture.
This paddle, thanks to the hole on the paddle itself, is even more ductile than all the others, since cutting the paddle in half can be transformed into a craw with vibrating claws or be used as a soft Swimbait by swimming very sinuous, while cutting the paddle at the base in one of the halves can even be turned into a large grub.
The high ductility of the Paddle Tail Worms leads them to be used for a myriad of different triggers and presentations, the 5 most important of which are:
_ Weighted Texas Rig: Texas Rig lead is the most used primer in bass fishing to penetrate the most intricate covers, and even with the Paddle Tail Worms there are no exceptions, with the foresight, however, not to fall too far the frame, given that these softbaits, especially in the larger dimensions, they have intrinsic weight already high.
_ Weightless Texas Rig : the No-Sinker Rig, that is spliced Texas, is very used with the big Paddle Tail Worms with sinking compound especially if recovered linearly in half-water like swimbaits, or with the lighter ones used near the surface exploiting freedom and mobility given by the absence of plumbing.
_ Jig Trailer: using these baits as trailers for Jigs is one of the most common choices. In fact, they have the ability to move a lot of water and therefore to recall predators even at a distance; moreover, their squat and short body lends itself well to being triggered on hooks of jigs.
_ Carolina Rig : in the case we want to fish in contact with the bottom, and at the same time make the most of the sinuosity of a spliced softbait, the Carolina Rig is the optimal choice. When you want to do a research fishing to probe the seabed in the most meticulous way possible, a Paddle mounted to Carolina Rig, with its vibrations and water movements, will be able to offer us a really wide range of research.
_ Neko Rig: the squat body of the Paddle Tail Worms allows and facilitates the insertion of insert leads at the top of the bait. For this reason the Neko Rig is the trigger, among those that include the hook positioned in the middle part of the bait, more useful because it allows us to fish in contact with the bottom with a different kind of presentation compared to Texas or Carolina Rig.
It is therefore a bait conceived for the Black Bass but that can be used with great satisfaction even at sea, with the technique of Hard Rock Fishing (HRF), but also to look for bass and background predators even more consistent with vertical techniques from the boat.
As for Hard Rock Fishing ( HRF)there are specific Paddle Worms, born for this technique, usually with a very short body, a very large paddle and a particularly soft rubber compound, suitable for the search of large oceanic thrushes and groupers. In this case the best primer is the leaded Texas Rig .
These lures can also be used to fish vertically from the boat at even greater depths, in search of important predators, such as grouper, dentex, big scorpionfish and chickens. In this case the best way to use them is in conjunction with Tenya.
The Tenyathey are very particular leaded heads, with a shape that allows them to move the bait in an oscillating way even during the fall and return phase. In addition to the main hook there is an additional assist hook, which in our case will be fixed at the base of the paddle.
As for bass fishing , these softbaits are a very important solution when fishing in calm water or at night. The call of a Paddle Tail Worm just plumbed or even spliced will be truly irresistible.
Lately are also born tiny Paddle Worms from Light RockFishing , from 1 “or 2”, suitable to be mounted on leaded head to make research peaches, like that of horse mackerel or glances.
Ultimately we can say that the Paddle Tail Worms are a fairly situational bait, but deadly in cases where it is worthwhile to use it. They have good ductility and often allow more solutions with just one bait.