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Berkley Gulp Watermelon 7" Turtleback Worms Bass Lures Baits

Bass Lures Baits Manufacturer: Berkley Gulp
Berkley Gulp Model: Watermelon 7" Turtleback Worms
Review Category: Bass Lures Baits

Purchase: Bass Lures Baits I read an article in Field and Stream about the new bio-degradable Gulp! soft baits by Berkley and had to see if they lived up to the claim to out-fish live bait. I found a package at my local WalMart and plunked down the $4.99 for a package of 10 Watermelon colored 7" turtle back worms early this Spring.

Things I like about the Berkley Gulp Watermelon 7" Turtleback Worms Bass Lures Baits: The shape and life-like swimming action is typical Berkley quality. You can smell these things when you open the bag and you know the scent is going to be ringing the dinner bell for a long way when that worm hits the water. Being biodegradable, it won't hurt a fish if it happens to swallow the thing and get away with it. In fact, Berkley says there is nothing in the bait that isn't fit for human consumption according to FDA standards. You may want to hold your nose and try a little ketchup if you decide to chow down one one, though.

What I don't like about the Berkley Gulp Watermelon 7" Turtleback Worms: You can't re-use the Gulp! baits. Once they've been in the water a while they start to break down. If you re-package them, you have to use a separate container as you don't want the other un-used baits to be contaminated and start to break down also. I treat them like a live worm - once it's served its time on the hook, if it survives the experience, I set it free. Hey, it's not like I'm polluting.

Bass Lures Baits Watermelon 7" Turtleback Worms quality: The body of the Gulp! baits is a bit stiffer than the supple plastics used in other soft baits and you have to be careful not to damage it when rigging it. But with the proper care you can drag these things along the bottom or swim them over whatever structure you like and they will hold up just like any other soft bait.

Watermelon 7" Turtleback Worms summary: I guess Berkley's claim that Gulp! outfishes live bait has been verified by some serious testing. As for me, I sure can't argue. I've had bass, gar, carp and even big, lazy catfish chase these worms down and inhale them. The powerful scent trail is obviously effective and the feel and taste is so good that I have not lost one fish from spitting the bait out. I'll keep Gulp! baits in my tackle box as a regular staple and you should too.

Rating for this Berkley Gulp product: 5

Author of this review on Berkley Gulp Bass Lures Baits: Keith Berryman

Date: 2004-04-28

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