It’s one thing when one of us is using a particular bait, color, or scent to dial in on Mr. Trout. Lately, me and my fishing buddies are all using Power Worms (PW) and Mice Tails to catch Mr. Trout with greater success than our old standbys. It didn’t happen overnight, but over a decade.
I used to believe that inflated nightcrawlers or powerbait (PB) dough couldn’t be out fished by Power Worms or Mice Tails. It wasn’t logical that a natural wiggling inflated nightcrawler wouldn’t be more enticing to Mr. Trout. It didn’t make sense that if Mr. Trout wanted PB then the dough version would put out more scent by dissolving and have better squishy mouth feel than the plastic PW. Besides, we got bites on our old standby’s so why change? Well, because now we catch more with the Power Worms and Mice Tails (Power Worm with a Power Egg attached).
The trick is nothing new: color, presentation, and scent. They are all important and make a difference between no bites, nibbles, or a huge bite. So, of course I have every color in Mice Tails, Power Worms, plus scents. If I’m not getting bites, then the first thing I do is to change colors just like if you were using PB.
Favorites at the moment are Mice Tails over Power Worms. Go to colors are Orange, Pink, White, and Green. I’ve been switching scents with anything garlic (Pro-Cure, Smelly Jelly in liquid, etc.) as first choice and then other standard trout scents. If I had to pick one it would be Smelly Jelly Garlic in liquid. It doesn’t add color to the bait, isn’t as gooey to over power the PB embedded scent, and it’s less messy.
Presentation is similar to the PB setup. I gravitate to 1/4 oz from 1/8 oz sliding egg sinkers during summer when fishing from shore as the fish are generally in deeper colder water. Also, It’s important to use a thin (Owner brand) #10 hook as I’ve noticed that Mice Tails and Power Worms take on water and won’t float after prolonged water exposure with heavier hooks.
I have also switched from a traditional worm hook setup to a wacky style rig with the hook simply put in the middle without attempting to hide the hook. This seems to provide more bites and hookups. My thoughts are that the bait curls up just like you see making those two floating ends wiggle enticingly and provide a smaller less intimidating profile for more bites. Also, the smaller profile increases the odds the hook will be in the mouth (unlike the half eaten worm scenario), and the exposed hook significantly improves hookups. Hope this helps any of you out there if you haven’t given Mice Tails and Power Worms a worthy effort as it may become a stable in your bag of tricks. If not, no worries it only took me ten years to figure out what I’ve been missing. Good luck and have fun.