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dpnoshore

tube'n'worm from yak

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Question for tube'n'worm trollers. If you lose the worm (or run out of them), how well does the tube work by itself?

PS -- after surgery in May, I've only recently gotten back on the water (rocks off Swampscott). Been catching a few fish, but all of them small -- 14-25 inches.

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I have to agree with lefty. no worm is about as productive as trolling a tube with weeds on the hook. I don't know why it's just what I've seen.

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Does it do any good to use the Berkley plastic worms with scent applied?

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Does it do any good to use the Berkley plastic worms with scent applied?

Couple weeks ago, I visited a bait shop and bought SeaBait worm potion.

At $8 a bottle, (2 fluid ozs) I figured, What the heck, might as well try it.

Squirted some potion in a bag of Hurricane plastic seaworms in motor oil color so they could "marinate".

Last Sunday, I grabbed both the "marinated" plastic worms and some real worms to troll the TnW from my yak. Might as well experiment.

I was in an area of fish, so for shitz & grinz, I switched over to the "marinated" on the tube.

I got lots of hits and definate interest, but no hook ups. Since I was in schoolie waters, they were probably short hits.

I switched back to the real worms and was hooking up again. I suspect I would need to cut the length of the plastic worms. I will try that next time.

But......I think it has potential as back-up for when I run out of real worms.

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Some guys have had limited luck with the Berkley Gulp worms when they have run out of mother nature. Lefty

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I got in my yak the other day and reached into my small cooler bag only to realize I left my worms in the fridge at home. Too late to drive home and get em but I had some of the scented gulp worms in the tackle bag (for over a year) so I paddled in and got em. Had a strike on the 1st pass and a decent 27 inch fish shortly after. I got another smaller fish a few minutes later and would have spent more time trying these things but a surface blitz broke out a 1/2 mile away and I concentrated on that. There was no sign of fish or birds where I was trolling them and I was pleasantly surprised to see them work at all after what I have heard about them.

I'd still rather have the real thing and only use these as backup.

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