If you’re in the market for a quality floating worm that can be used in a wide variety of ways, the NetBait T-Mac offers up a durable and affordable option with lots of colors to choose from.
The T-Mac comes in nearly two-dozen colors depending on where you shop. And at $4.29 for a pack of 20, you’re not going to find many soft-plastic floating worms available at a better price.
So we’re off to a great start right away, but let’s take a closer look at a few of the specifics of this bait now.
The T-Mac has a flat bottom, rounded back and ribs running the majority of the length of the bait. The smooth section of the back is where the hook point should come through when rigging this bait weedless on a weighted or weightless Texas rig or on a Carolina rig for instance.
The head of the bait has a nice amount of material to it so it doesn’t tear easily when rigging. As you leave the head, the bait tapers off as it makes its way towards the tail, where the material reaches its thinnest point before expanding back out to form a darter-style tip. This thin spot between the wider body and tail gives this bait a nice subtle action in the water.
Made of NetBait’s soft but durable material, these worms will hold up to a good bit of abuse and produce multiple fish catches per bait. The T-Mac comes loaded with salt, scent and pork fat. The salt content gives this floating worm a nice, subtle fall when rigged weightless and the scent encourages those last-second onlookers to go ahead and commit.
The material is plenty soft enough to ensure the bass believe they’ve gotten ahold of something that’s real, but again the durability is where these worms really stand out. They’re a little more durable than many of the other worms in this genre, which helps prevent short-striking bass from biting the tails off or tearing up the head of the worm when pulling it down the hook.
A floating worm in general can be rigged many ways and the T-Mac is no exception. With a simple offset shank worm hook, the T-Mac can be rigged weedless and fished along or just below the surface like a soft-plastic jerkbait.
Run a circle hook through the middle of the T-Mac and now you have a wacky rig. Add a nail weight to the head of the bait and you’ve got a Neko rig. It’s great for Texas rigs, shaky heads, Carolina rigs, drop shots and the list goes on. With one pack of T-Mac worms, you’re able to do a whole lot of different things.
Size and colors
The T-Mac comes in at 6 1/2 inches and is again available in a wide variety of colors. So no matter what water clarity you’re fishing in and no matter the type of forage you have in the area, there’s almost certainly some color in the T-Mac lineup that will work well for you.
The length of the T-Mac contributes quite a bit to the bait’s versatility. At 6 1/2 inches long, you can use this worm to mimic lots of prey. NetBait also offers a shorter finesse worm at 4 3/4 inches and though it serves a few particular purposes, it’s nowhere near as versatile as the longer 6 1/2-inch T-Mac.
And with the T-Mac, if you do want a shorter worm for a shaky head or Ned rig for instance, you can simply cut a little off this worm and rig it up. You obviously wouldn’t be able to do the opposite of this and add any onto the shorter finesse worm.
The versatility, durability and affordability of the NetBait T-Mac make this an easy bait to recommend to any angler. For the beginner angler walking the bank, you have a 20-pack of worms you can do a lot with for less than 5 bucks.
For the seasoned angler, there’s an option for any water color or clarity that will hold up to the rigors of several fish catches and lots of casting. And there’s likely a dozen different advanced techniques the T-Mac is perfectly suited for, again at a great price per pack so you could stock your whole tackle bag or compartment with a variety of the color choices. This is a great bait for any angler to try.