October 07, 2019
By Ned Kehde
Lunkerhunt of Toronto, Ontario, has created its unique rendition of a classic Midwest finesse rig. It is called a Finesse Worm. And Ronan Duckenfield sent us several of them to work with and thoroughly describe.
Here is what we discovered about it.
It is a minute and state-of-the-art stick-style bait that is advertised to be three inches long. But our measurements reveal that it is 2 3/4-inches long, which in the eyes of a multitude of Midwest finesse devotees, is an ideal size.
It is endowed with a cylinder-shaped head, and the tip of it is flat. It possesses a diameter of three-eighths of an inch and a circumference of 1 3/8 inches.
The anterior portion of its torso is fifteen-sixteenths of an inch long. It is divided into two segments.
The first segment, which includes its head, is cylinder-shaped. This segment is three-eighths of an inch long and seven-sixteenths of an inch wide with a circumference of 1 3/16 inches. The epidermis of its ventral area is smooth, but it is emblazoned with the letters LH. The epidermis of its dorsal area possesses seven minor ribs.
The second segment is three-quarters of an inch long. Its dorsal is convex and possesses 13 minor ribs. Its ventral area is flat and adorned with six major ribs. It is about three-eighths of an inch wide with a circumference of 1 5/16 inches.
Its clitellum is five-eighths of an inch long. At its widest spot, it is three-eighths of an inch wide with a circumference of about 1 5/16 inches. The dorsal is convex and possesses a smooth epidermis. Its ventral is flat, and it is endowed with six major ribs.
The posterior portion of its torso is 1 1/4 inches long. Its circumference and width become significantly smaller as it approaches its anus. Adjacent to its junction with the clitellum, it is seven-sixteenths of an inch wide with a circumference of 1 1/8 inches. The dorsal is convex, and it is embellished with 21 minor ribs. The ventral area is flat, and it is festooned with 10 major ribs. In the vicinity of its anus, the torso is one-sixteenth of an inch wide with a circumference of about seven-sixteenths of an inch.
It is manufactured in the following hues; Bama Craw, Black Blue Fleck, Green pumpkin, Okeechobee Craw, Watermelon Red, and Watermelon Seed.
The Finesse Worm is not impregnated with salt and scent, which is a virtue in the minds of many Midwest finesse anglers
It is exceptionally buoyant.
A package of eight costs $4.49.
The tip of the Finesse Worm’s anterior section, which is its flat head, is where most anglers will insert the hook and collar of their jigs. But some Midwest finesse anglers will affix a small mushroom-style jig to the tip of the posterior section or its anus, and there will be spells when this posterior rigging is more effective than the anterior rigging. What’s more, by using both ends of the Finesse Worm, anglers can increase its lifespan.
Its buoyancy and flat ventral area will enhance its gliding motif, which is an attribute that Midwest finesse anglers adore – especially when they employ their swim-glide-and-shake presentation. When it is affixed to a small mushroom-style jig, anglers will be able to employ the Lunkerhunt’s Finesse Worm with all six of the standard Midwest finesse retrieves and assorted variations of those retrieves.
(1) Here is a link to Lunkerhunt’s website: https://www.lunkerhunt.com/finesseworm.html.
(2) Lunkerhunt manufactures a 1/4-ounce weedless mushroom-style jig for their Finesse Worm. There is more information about it at this link: https://www.lunkerhunt.com/mushroomhead.html.
(3) Here are two links to gear guides that we have published about Lunkerhunt’s soft-plastic baits:
(4) Here is a link to the Midwest Finesse column that explains how to employ the six Midwest finesse retrieves: https://www.in-fisherman.com/editorial/six-midwest-finesse-retrieves/153946.