Strike King Lure Company’s Rage Ned Cut-R Worm is one of the three soft-plastic Midwest finesse baits that it introduced to the angling world at the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades show in Orlando, Florida, on July 9-12, 2019.
Before the ICAST show, we exchanged several emails and talked on the telephone about the new baits with Mark Copley of Collierville, Tennessee, who is Strike King’s Marketing Relationship Manager, and Crispin Powley of Camden, Tennessee, who is Director of Product Development. And they sent us some samples to examine, describe, and use.
Here is what we discovered about it:
It is a miniaturization of Strike King’s popular six- and seven-inch Rage Tail Cut-R Worm.
It is 3 1/8 inches long.
Its flat head is one-quarter of an inch wide with a circumference of about fifteen-sixteenths of an inch.
The anterior section is three-quarters of an inch long and encircled with 13 minor ribs. Near its junction with its clitellum, it possesses a width of five-sixteenths of an inch and a circumference of 1 1/8 inches.
The clitellum, which most anglers call an egg sack, is slightly more than one-quarter of an inch long. The middle of the clitellum has a circumference of about 1 1/4 inches and a width of three-eighths of an inch. Its epidermis is smooth.
The torso’s posterior section is 1 1/8 inches long. It is encompassed with 20 minor ribs. Near its junction with its clitellum, it possesses a width of five-sixteenths of an inch and a circumference of 1 1/8 inches. As the posterior section approaches its junction with the tail, the dimensions of its circumference and width diminish, and at that junction, its width is one-quarter of an inch and a circumference of about fifteen-sixteenths of an inch.
The tail is flat and thin. Some anglers might describe it as possessing a half of a curly tail. It is 1 1/16 inches long, less than a sixteenth of an inch thick, and nine-sixteenths of an inch wide at its widest spot, which is at the tip of the tail. The tip is enhanced with a rim, which Strike King calls a “Rage Flange.” This flange is designed to accentuate the flickering and undulations of the tail, and some of this movement will be generated into portions of the posterior section. According to one of Strike King’s press releases, “this tail design boasts the fastest tail flicker rate of any worm on the market.” This tail action will be accentuated when Midwest finesse anglers employ the Rage Ned Cut-R Worm with a swimming presentation.
They are manufactured in the following hues: Bama Craw, Black Blue Swirl, Blue Craw, Crawdaddy, Dirt, Green Pumpkin, Moon Juice, Morning Dawn, Okeechobee Craw, Red Bug, Summer Craw, and Watermelon Red Flake.
They are infused with organic coffee scent, which is said to mask human scent and allure black bass.
Less than five percent of its body weight consists of salt, and according to Crispin Powley, this allows the Rage Ned Cut-R Worm to be buoyant and exhibit what he described as “‘a stand up’ manner on the bottom.” He also noted that “we customized the individual plastic formulas to what was best suited for the size and shape of each bait.” He called it “a ‘super floater’ formulation.”
A package of nine costs $6.99.