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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Review - Hometown Baits Handpoured Plastics

This past summer I was fortunate to win a tackle package on the East Tennessee Fishing website ( by catching and posting the largest bass of the month. In this package I received a large quantity of 3 different designs of handpoured baits and some other items. I would like to discuss the handpoured baits. More...

The 3 types of plastic baits I received were a 10" Monster Worm in Black Grape with green glitter, 6" Trick Worms in Watermelon Seed with red glitter, and 4" Finesse Worms in Watermelon Seed with red glitter. These were all made by Hometown Baits(

I have used all 3 now, with my favorite being the trick worm. I usually rig this worm on a 1/8 or 3/16 oz. shakey head jig and use spinning gear to present it. Anywhere there are rocks or docks, this worm seems to work great. The monster worm is primarily used in deeper water, texas rigged with a 3/16 or 1/4 oz bullet weight and 4/0 or 5/0 worm hook and baitcasting gear. The finesse worm is fished the same way as the trick worm, but on days when the bite is tougher.

What I really like about these products are the softness of the plastic. It gives them plenty of action in the water, and the fish hold on longer than conventional plastics. However, there is a downside to the softness of the plastic, which is the number of fish you can catch on a single bait before having to replace it. For me, the increased number of bites is well worth a few extra torn baits throughout the day. One thing you may want to do to increase your success is to add a small amount of your favorite scent into the bag of baits.

At Hometown Baits, they offer all kinds of plastics from jig trailers to giant worms. They even have a swimbait available now. You are allowed to pick from any of the colors they have and add any of the glitters they have, letting you create preferred custom colors. They are wonderful people to work with and will pour your order as soon as it is received.

On a scale of 1-5, I give these plastics a 5 on fish catching, and 3 on durability. If you are willing to go through a few more baits in a day, your hookup success will definitely increase.