The soft-plastic-lure designers at 13 Fishing in Clearwater, Florida, have created a unique soft-plastic worm. It is called the Bubble Butt.
It was introduced to the angling world at the 2020 virtual International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades show. And Reid Miller, who is 13 Fishing’s Marketing Coordinator, provided us with some samples for us to work with and write about.
Here is what we discovered about it.
It is manufactured in two sizes: a 5-incher and a 6-incher. And this gear guide features the 5-inch model.
According to our measurements, it is 5 1/4 inches long.
Unlike an earthworm, its torso does not have a cylindrical shape and an array of segments. Instead, it has five sides and each side is demarcated by a small ridge. Except for the name 13 Fishing that is imprinted on one of the sides of the clitellum section, the epidermis between each ridge is smooth.
Its head is dramatically separated from the anterior section by an indented ring. The folks at 13 Fishing call it “a notched head.” It was designed so that power anglers can easily remove the head to allow a bullet-style slinker to fit perfectly flush to the Bubble Butt’s anterior section.
Its head is a quarter of an inch long. It has a dome shape that is almost 5/16-inch wide at its widest spot with a circumference of about one inch.
The anterior section is 2 5/8 inches long. At 1 3/4 inches from the tip of its head, there is an indented ring and at 2 9/16 inches from the tip of its head there is another indented ring. These indentations create a 5/8-inch section that is somewhat similar to an earthworm’s clitellum or egg sack. These two rings are identical to the ring that demarcates the head. According to 13 Fishing description of the Bubble Butt, these “two small ring cutouts on the body that are perfect for installing an O-ring for a wacky-rig.”
The width of the anterior section near the first indented ring is about 3/8-inch with a circumference of about 1 1/8 inches. Near the second indented ring, its torso has a width of about 7/16-inch and a circumference of about 1 1/4 inches.
In the middle portion of the clitellum, the width is about 7/16-inch with a circumference of about 1 1/4 inches.
Near the junction of the anterior and posterior sections, the width of the posterior section is about 7/16-inch with a circumference of about 1 1/4 inches.
As the posterior section approaches its junction with the Bubble Butt’s tail, the dimensions of the torso diminish significantly. At 1 5/16 inches from the tip of its tail, the torso has a width of about 1/4-inch and circumference of about 11/16-inch.
The tail is one inch long with a width of about 3/8-inch at its widest spot and a circumference of 1 1/8 inches. Like the Bubble Butt’s head and torso, the tail has five sides that are delineated by six ridges. Some folks say it has the shape of a football and others say it looks like a snake’s head. It is endowed with an air pocket. This air pocket was designed to allow the Bubble Butt’s tail to rise up from the bottom when anglers execute a deadstick presentation or drag-and-shake presentation. Anglers can also fill the air bubble with scent or a rattle.
It is available in the following hues: Black & Tan, Blackberry Cobbler, Blackberry Cobbler Blue, Blueberry Yum Yum, Collard Green Neon, Collard Greens, Mardi Craw, OG Sour, Smoke and Mirrors, and Witches Brew.
It is impregnated with salt and a scent that is called Donkey Sauce.
It is not buoyant, but the air pocket allows the tail to become elevated.
The Bubble Butt was created for power anglers. But Midwest finesse anglers have always had a propensity to customize soft-plastic baits that are made for their power-fishing colleagues. Thus, they will shorten the Bubble Butt by removing portions of the anterior section to create either a 4-inch or 3 1/2-inch version of the Bubble Butt and affix it to a small mushroom-style jig with an exposed hook. This will allow them to catch largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and spotted bass by employing all six of the standard Midwest finesse retrieves or slight variations of those retrieves.
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