Berkley PowerBait Rib Shad

Berkley PowerBait Rib Shad

In February, Pure Fishing introduced its Berkley PowerBait Rib Shad, heralding it as a finesse swimbait.

It is 4½ inches long. Its head is endowed with two concaved eyes and two convexed gills. Its tapering torso is ringed with 10 ribs. The joint between its torso and tail is graced with one rib. Its tail is gilded with six ribs and boot or paddle. Its tail emits what Berkley's bait designers describe as "hard-thumping wiggles."

In the eyes of power anglers, it might be a finesse bait. They will rig it on either a weighted or unweighted extra-wide-gap or swimbait-style hook, as well as on an umbrella rig. In open-water scenarios, some power anglers will wield it on either a 3/16- or 1/4-ounce jig with an exposed hook.


From the perspective of dyed-in-the-wool Midwest finesse anglers, however, it is a tad to large to be a finesse bait. Across the years, Midwest finesse anglers have spent a lot of time customizing soft-plastic baits in order to make them the appropriate size. When Midwest finesse anglers work with the Rib Shad, they will likely trim three-quarters of an inch or so off of its head before they affix it to either a 1/16- or 3/32-ounce Gopher Tackle Mushroom Head Jig, and then it will be what they deem a finesse-size swimbait.


It is also interesting to note that the hooks on the Gopher jigs are smaller than the ones that power anglers employ on their jigs. Thus, when Midwest finesse anglers retrieve the Rib Shad, those small hooks allow its entire body to undulate more alluringly than it does when power anglers affix it to their big jigs or Texas-rig it on a big extra-wide-gap hook. As numbers of talented trout anglers and Japanese finesse anglers have shown us, small hooks are extremely effective, but for a variety of reasons, most bass anglers are intimidated by small hooks, which might be one of the reasons why many of them struggle to catch only one or two bass per hour.


The Rib Shad is available in 12 colors: Blue Shiner Gold, Blueback Herring, California, Chartreuse Shad, Gizzard Shad, Green Pumpkin/Watermelon, June Bug, Oyster Shell Gold, Pearl White Silver Fleck, Racy Shad, Swamp Gas, and Tennessee Shad. They are also impregnated with PowerBait scent.

A package of five can be purchased for $4.49.

Recommended for You

Spring walleye fishing often means large numbers of fish concentrated in small areas. Walleye

Spring Walleye Fishing Tackle Choices

Steve Ryan - October 19, 2017

Spring walleye fishing often means large numbers of fish concentrated in small areas.

Made from 100% recycled fishing nets, the Costa Baffin's are a must-have for any serious angler. Accessories

Costa Baffin Sunglasses Review

Chris Schneider - April 26, 2019

Made from 100% recycled fishing nets, the Costa Baffin's are a must-have for any serious...

Here's some important crankbait lessons from the big leagues. Bass

Deep Cranking Confessions from the Pro's

John Neporadny Jr - December 18, 2017

Here's some important crankbait lessons from the big leagues.

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Lowrance Enters Trolling-Motor Market with Ghost

Lowrance Enters Trolling-Motor Market with Ghost

Lowrance's Lucas Steward shows OSG's Lynn Burkhead what all of the fuss is about in the brand new Ghost trolling motor being brought to market by the Tulsa, Okla.-based fishing equipment manufacturer.

Mustad

Mustad's Saltwater Jig Lineup

Russ Whisler shows OSG's Lynn Burkhead the innovative features and great color schemes in Mustad's voluminous lineup of saltwater jigs introduced at ICAST 2019.

New 4-Liter Dry Creek Gear Pouch from Simms

New 4-Liter Dry Creek Gear Pouch from Simms

Outdoor Sportsman Group writer Lynn Burkhead gets new product details from Simms Fishing Product's John Frazier about the new waterproof 4-Liter Dry Creek Gear Pouch.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

To guide your carp quest, we've lined up the best carp baits that are easy-to-fish natural baits and commercial options. Other Fish

Best Carp Baits Today

Dan Johnson - June 29, 2018

To guide your carp quest, we've lined up the best carp baits that are easy-to-fish natural...

It was an August evening and I was wading the flats in Brewster, MA with my cousin. Here you can Other Fish

Must-Have Striped Bass Tackle

Rick Bach - May 04, 2017

It was an August evening and I was wading the flats in Brewster, MA with my cousin. Here you...

Catfish are among the most popular groups of fish with over 7 million catfish anglers nationwide. Catfish

All About Catfish

Rob Neumann

Catfish are among the most popular groups of fish with over 7 million catfish anglers...

See More Stories

More Midwest Finesse

Here is what we discovered about the Shimmer Shad. Midwest Finesse

10,000 Fish's Shimmer Shad

Ned Kehde - December 03, 2019

Here is what we discovered about the Shimmer Shad.

January logs for 2019. Midwest Finesse

Januaries of the Past

Ned Kehde - January 04, 2020

January logs for 2019.

Incredibly effective on a Ned Rig, but lethal on a variety of other presentations. Midwest Finesse

Strike King Lure Company's Rage Ned Cut-R Worm

Ned Kehde - December 17, 2019

Incredibly effective on a Ned Rig, but lethal on a variety of other presentations.

See More Midwest Finesse

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.