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Bass Fishing with Chad Pinkerton

Ribbontail Worm

Click to enlargeEditor’s Note: “Every fisherman’s looking for a different lure that the bass have never seen before, with a color that’s never been introduced into the bass’s environment and that will make bass bite. I’ve figured out how to give bass those unique colors and lures,” Chad Pinkerton of St. Cloud, Florida, a tournament angler and a bass-fishing guide at Disney World, says. Pinkerton’s so addicted to fishing that he says, “I can’t go anywhere without a bag of Spike-It soft-plastic lures in my pocket. I’ve even sat in church, pulled out a plastic worm or a jerkbait, taken my knife and started carving designs in the lure while the preacher’s preaching. Sometimes I feel like the Lord’s speaking to me about how to make a unique bait, and I just have to try it.”

Question: I know you’re a fan of the Junebug-colored Spike-it Ribbontail Worm. Why do you like this color when you can mix and match so many other different colors?
Pinkerton: I like the holographic flake that shines through the bait. I think the flakes make the worm look like a flash on a live shiner. The Junebug color blends in really well with dark water. Click to enlarge

Question: The Junebug color is blue with silver holographic flakes in it. Why are they hitting that color?
Pinkerton: Besides looking like a shiner, the color looks like a bluegill. In Florida, where I fish, the bluegills have a true blue color on their gills that’s almost neon underwater. I think the bait can look not only like a bluegill, but also like a big lizard or a snake. I think the tail of the ribbontail looks exactly like a snake in the water.

Question: Why do you like the ribbontail instead of a straight-tail worm like the Spike-O, and how do you decide when to use what?
Pinkerton: I use the ribbontail when the water has lots of current in it or when our area has lots of wind that helps create a current. When you’ve got current in the water, baitfish, as well as bass, move faster. Since the ribbontail has so much action in it, when the water conditions dictate that the bass will be moving faster, I want a bait with more action. When I’m fishing still water with no wind, the fish will be moving less. So, that’s when I’ll fish the Spike-O.Click to enlarge

Question: How do you fish the ribbontail worm?
Pinkerton: I rig it Texas style with either a 5/16- or a 3/8-ounce weight, I peg the sinker to the head of the worm, and rig the hook Texas style. I also fish it on a Carolina rig with a 7-inch worm, and I’ve used worms all the way up to 10-1/2-inches. I’ve learned to fish big worms on Carolina rigs when I fish in Tennessee, and we’ll fish those Carolina-rigged big worms on humps.

Question: Most people use a straight-tail worm on a Carolina rig. Why are you using a ribbontail?
Pinkerton: I like a worm that’ll wiggle, and the ribbontail has plenty of wiggle in it. I believe the more motion that the worm has, the easier and quicker you can get the bass’s attention.

Question: How fast are you moving that Carolina rig?
Pinkerton: I’m moving it very slowly. I only use about a 1-1/2- to 2-foot leader on my Carolina rig because rarely is the water more than 9-feet deep at my home lake of Wheeler on the Tennessee River. The bass will usually suspend off the bottom about 1- to 1-1/2-feet deep. The Junebug Ribbontail Worm will suspend off the bottom by itself. Since I’m using a 10-pound-test Power Pro leader, which lets the worm suspend, my main line will be a 20-pound-test monofilament. I use a slip egg sinker up the line with four glass beads because they make a lot of noise.Click to enlarge

Question: When do you set the hook?
Pinkerton: I let the bass take the bait until I can feel the fish. When I set the hook, I sweep my rod to the side and not straight up. When you set the hook on a Carolina rig, you always want to set the hook sideways rather than straight up because if you do, all your power will be diminished by the weight.

Question: Why are you using all these crazy colors and dyes?
Pinkerton: When I go bass fishing, I want to have baits that are different from every other fisherman. I want to be unique and give the bass something they’ve never seen before. Spike-It has those colors in its plastics, and the company also gives me the dyes to dye my plastics any color I want. I believe that being unique produces more bass than fishing with all the lures that everyone else fishes with.

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Check back each day this week for more about "Bass Fishing with Chad Pinkerton"

Day 1: Crazy Color Lures
Day 2: Fire Tiger Jerkbait
Day 3:The Fire Tiger Tube
Day 4:The Spike-O
Day 5: Ribbontail Worm


Entry 368, Day 4