Fishing Talon Lures Worm Bling
By Dan O'Sullivan
Leave it to
bass pros to find a new little twist to an existing lure that makes catching
bass a little easier. At the 2012 Bassmaster Classic, Alabama pro Keith Poche revealed that he was catching his fish primarily on a
soft plastic stickbait; a NetBait
Salt Lick, that was modified with a little spinner on the tail.
Poche's revelation sent people all over the Internet looking for examples of how he rigged his bait. One company that figured it out quickly was Talon Lures of Texas. They began putting together their own version of the rig.
They are not a company that produces soft plastic lures, so what they did was produce a product called the Talon Worm Bling. The Worm Bling features a small crane swivel attached to a screw lock for threading into the worm, and on the other end is a small Colorado, Indiana or Willowleaf blade. The Worm Bling can be used with any soft plastic bait.
We checked in with Talon to see how the project was going, and found out that it has become one of their hottest items since they launched it. Of course, Talon has their seasonal favorites, and right now, the only thing challenging for the top spot on their sales report is their Big Dandy Flutter Spoons.
When we heard that, we spoke to Andi and Ivan Sanders to ask more about the lure and the technique used to fish it. They referred us to one of their pro staffers; Matt Lee of the Dallas / Fort Worth, Tex. area to find out what he had been doing with it.
A Great Counter Lure
Lee said that the smaller lakes near his Dallas / Fort Worth home receive tremendous fishing pressure. he also said that the vast majority of anglers spend their days tossing the exact same rig as the other boats on the water. "Word spreads around here pretty quickly, and fishermen start throwing what they know works," he said. "I wanted to find something to help me get those pressured fish biting - Worm Bling did it."
Worm Bling Rigging
Lee said that he uses the same setup that he would for a soft stickbait or Texas rigged worm. "I use a 7-foot medium heavy rod with a fast tip, a 6.2:1 Shimano Curado and 15 to 17-pound-test fluorocarbon line," he said. "I'm not sponsored by any company in those markets, so I fish what feels right."
What he said feels right on the rigging of the bait itself is to use a 3/0 Gamakatsu EWG hook when he is using a Senko style lure, or if he is tossing a bulkier Hag's Tornado Bait with the Worm Bling, he upsizes to a 4/0 hook. He said the final thing to do is make sure there is a bullet weigh on the nose.
"The Worm Bling makes the worm tail heavy," he said. "So, I always put a 1/4 to 3/8-ounce bullet weight on the nose; it makes the worm fall correctly."
Where and How to Fish It
He said he likes to fish the Worm Bling in any depth, that he has caught them in two feet of water Flipping it around shallow wood, and has caught them on offshore structure in 20 feet or more. One of his favorite places to throw it is around floating docks for suspended fish.
"I throw the regular stickbait most of the time, but the Hag's Tornado Bait really shines around those docks for suspended fish," he said. "I cast it next to the docks and let the lure fall on a semi-slack line and let the blade do the job."
When he uses it on structure, or when Flippin' the rig, he said he tends to gently stroke the lure like he would a football jig on the bottom. "I can't rip the lure fast because the pressure of the blade will pull the Worm Bling out of the tail," he said. "But, the nice lift and fall action of the lure really creates strikes."
Lee suggested that anglers remain patient when fishing this rig. He said that it took him a few trips to figure out the bite. "You'll usually get a solid thump on it, but if you set the hook then, you'll come back with half a worm," he said. "Wait until you feel the second thump or tick, and that tells you the fish has it, then set the hook.
"It is a fun way to catch a lot of fish, and it really does the trick on heavily pressured fish."
Form more info check out the Talon Worm Bling at their website talonlures.com
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