Berkley Powerbait Rib Snake


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.