June 14, 2019
By Ned Kehde
Winston Tucker of Avery, Missouri, is 38 years old and the proprietor of Googan Baits. It is an offspring of his company that is called Favorite Fishing Rods, which he created in 2016.
In July of 2018, Tucker and his staff introduced the angling world to Googan Baits at the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades show in Orlando, Florida.
A primary aim of Googan Baits is to focus on the multitude of young anglers who peruse social-media’s contributions to the piscatorial world rather than thumbing through printed publications and watching television shows. One of the manifestations of this endeavor is centered on a group entitled the Googan Squad, who have produced an array of YouTube videos and other social-media venues.
When a veteran member of the Finesse News Network told us that we ought to examine Googan’s Drag n Drop Worm and publish a gear guide about it, we talked to Alan Avery of Thayer, Missouri, who is Winston’s cousin and an employee at Googan Baits.
Avery sent us a package of the Drag n Drops in the Brown Gill hue for us to work with, photograph, and thoroughly describe.
Here is what we discovered:
It is 4 1/4 inches long.
Its peristomium or head is three-eighths of an inch long. It is five-sixteenths of an inch wide at its widest spot with a circumference of about 1 1/8 inches. Its mouth is small, round, and flat with a diameter of three-sixteenths of an inch. The peristomium’s ventral section is flat. Its dorsal section possesses a semi-domed shape, and it is graced with two eyes. Except for its two eyes, the epidermis of the peristomium is smooth.
Unlike a worm, its torso is devoid of a clitellum. Therefore, there is no noticeable demarcation that delineates the Drag n Drop Worm’s anterior section from its posterior section.
The dimensions of the first 2 1/2 inches of the torso decreases significantly in size. Then, the next inch becomes larger, but it gradually diminishes in size.
The first two inches of the torso possess five segments that are three-eighths of an inch long. The first and second segments are three-eighths of an inch wide with a circumference of about 1 1/4 inches. The fifth segment is three-sixteenths of an inch wide with a circumference of about thirteen-sixteenths of an inch.
The next half of an inch of the torso is devoid of the shell-shaped segments. It is about one-eighth of an inch wide with a circumference of about five-eighths of an inch. Its epidermis is completely smooth.
The next inch contains three shell-shaped segments. It is a quarter of an inch wide at its widest spot with a circumference of about seven-eighths of an inch.
The tip of the last inch of the torso, which an anatomist might describe as its anus, is pointed. It is three-eighths of an inch long, and one-eighth of an inch wide at its widest spot and less than one-sixteenths of an inch at its thinnest spot.
Many anglers are apt to describe the last inch of the Drag n Drop Worm as its tail rather than its posterior section and anus.
The torso’s ventral is flat, and its dorsal is semi-domed shaped. The epidermis of the ventral area is smooth except for the word Googan, which is situated seven-sixteenths of an inch from the tip of its head, and it is embossed across five-eighths of an inch of the ventral section of the torso’s first and second segments. Except for the edges of the shell-shaped segments, its dorsal section is smooth.
It is available in the following colors: Brown Gill, Green Pumpkin Pearl, Morning Dawn, Murky Minnow, Natural, Sunset Bug, and Watermelon Red Flake.
It is impregnated with salt and a scent that is called Slaunch Sauce. It is not buoyant.
A package of nine costs $5.99. And they are packed in a state-of –the-art package.
In some ways, it is a new rendition to the classical shad-shaped worm that has graced the repertoire on Midwest finesse anglers since April 1, 2006. One retailer’s description of the Drag n Drop Worm says that it possesses “a small four-inch shad-shaped body with a flat bottom,” which anglers will affix to either a drop-shot rig or a Carolina rig. Of course, Midwest finesse anglers will affix it to a mushroom-style jig with an exposed hook and employ it will all six of the standard Midwest finesse retrieves or slight variations of those retrieves.
(1) Here is a link to Googan Baits’ website: https://googanbaits.com/.
(2) Here is a link to the Googan Squad’s YouTube contributions: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCdnua4PSRmgmnLVrzICp_Q.
(3) Here is the Midwest Finesse column that describes how to employ the six Midwest finesse retrieves: https://www.in-fisherman.com/editorial/six-midwest-finesse-retrieves/153946.