Berkley Powerbait Rib Snake review by Richard Huff
The Berkley Rib Snake is one of my favorite “worms” to fish. The worm is 5.5” long, has the strong Powerbait scent, a high salt content, and a partly ribbed body trailing to a thin quivering tail. The ribs in the body cause it to move more water and have more vibration than a standard straight worm or senko style bait. I also like that I do not see many people throwing this worm so bass don’t see as many of them. “The same but different” comes to mind.
I prefer to wacky rig this worm, the quivering tail seems to entire finicky bass. This worm can draw strikes from large and small bass since one end has a wide profile and smaller bass will take a swipe at the tail end. I will hook it through the bait near the middle but a little closer to the back to it falls down head first, occasionally using a nail weight if it’s deeper than 5 foot to get it down quicker.
I like to use a Gamakatsu Finesse Wide Gap hook in 1/0 size, but if it’s a fishery with mostly small fish I throw it on a #2 size. If fishing in a lot of the mucky lakes and ponds we have I use the Weedless Gamakatsu Wide Gap Finesse hook instead, in the same sizes. I have also thrown it on a Texas right with a very light 1/8 or 3/16oz weight from time to time, but not typically as the ribs do catch on weeds and sticks and you’ll lose a bunch since they are very soft. My go to color is the Green Pumpkin Blue Flake, but I also carry the plain green pumpkin, watermelon red flake, pumpkinseed, and red plum.