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Reins Fishing's RND Fat Worm

Reins Fishing's RND Fat Worm
A Spring Gill RND Fat Worm

Reins Fishing recently introduced several new soft-plastic baits for Midwest finesse anglers. One of them is the RND Fat Worm.

We exchanged several emails and telephone conversations with the folks at Reins Fishing and Optimum Bait Company in Temecula, California. And straightaway, Matt Paino, who is the chief executive officer of Optimum Bait Company, sent us some RND Fat Worms for us to work with, examine, and thoroughly describe.

Here is what we discovered about the RND Fat Worm:

In some ways, it is similar to Reins’ Bubbling Shaker, which we published Midwest Finesse gear guides about on May 8, 2014, and Aug. 28, 2016.

It is 3 3/16 inches long. It is shaped somewhat like an hourglass.

Its head is dome-shaped with a diameter of about a quarter of an inch and a circumference of about 1 1/16 inches. Except for a small indentation in the center of the head, its epidermis is smooth. This indentation is where a Midwest finesse angler will insert the hook and collar of a mushroom-style jig.

The anterior portion of the hourglass-shaped torso is the largest of the three sections. It is cylinder-shaped, and as it approaches the torso’s middle section, the size of this part of the anterior section becomes smaller. At its largest spot, which is about a quarter of an inch from the tip of its head, the width is about five-sixteenths of an inch and a circumference of about 1 1/8 inches.

The middle segment is the smallest of the three sections. Its width is slightly less than three-sixteenths of an inch and a circumference of about three-eighths of an inch.

The third section has a width of slightly more than a quarter of an inch and a circumference of slightly more than 1 1/16 inches.

The combination of the first two sections possesses the features of a baseball bat. The third section looks like a long and thin ellipse.

A needle- or pin-shaped tail radiates from the end of the third section. It is three-eighths of an inch long. It exhibits an exotic series of trembles or palpations, which are astonishing to the human eye, and perhaps alluring to the eyes of some black bass that abide in crystal-clear waterways.

The epidermis of the three sections of the torso is encircled with minute ribs. The tail’s epidermis is also embossed with a series of minute ribs.

The hourglass configuration of the RND Fat Worm’s torso also allows the middle and posterior sections to undulate dramatically.

It is manufactured in the following colors: Baitfish, Blue Gill, Green Pumpkin, Kito Kito Shad, Morning Dawn, Margarita Mutilator, Mueller’s Madness, Mueller’s Madness #2, Spring Gill, and Watermelon Seed.

It is impregnated with a shrimp scent. It is buoyant and not impregnated with salt, which are great piscatorial virtues in the eyes of many Midwest finesse anglers. To preserve the potency of the scent, it is recommended that anglers keep the RND Fat Worm tightly enclosed in the original package.

A package of 10 costs $6.99.

When it is affixed to a mushroom-style jig, a Reins Fishing’s press release exclaims that it has proven to be an effective tool for inveigling vast numbers of black bass and some occasional hefty ones. According to the press release, anglers can also employ it on a Carolina rig, drop-shot rig, split-shot rig, Texas rig, and Wacky rig.


  1. Here is the link to Rein Fishing’s website:
  2. Here is a link to previous Midwest Finesse gear guides about other soft-plastics baits that Reins Fishing manufactures:
  3. Midwest finesse anglers will affix the RND Fat Worm to a small mushroom-style jig, and they will employ it with all six of the standard Midwest finesse retrieves. And the primary focus of these retrieves revolves around what is called a no-feel presentation. Here is a link to the Midwest Finesse column that explains how to employ the six standard Midwest finesse retrieves:

    For more information about the size of mushroom-style jigs and hooks that Midwest finesse anglers use, please examine endnote number three in our gear guide about Reins Fishing’s Mister Ned. Here is the link to that gear guide:

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