Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Product Review: Berkley PowerBait "Trout Bait"

Company Description: Berkley PowerBait makes novice anglers good and good anglers great!  Berkley scientists have spent over 25 years perfecting an irresistible scent and flavor - the exclusive PowerBait formula.  Fish love PowerBait so much they hold on 18 times longer, giving you the time and confidence to feel more bites, set more hooks and catch more fish!   

Features and Benefits:  The Berkley trout bait comes in many color variations.  Some of which are
already pre-molded into balls and others that need to be rolled into a bait ball.  Overall it's very easy to

carry and store due to it's glass container.  As well it's very easy to use by just rolling it into a small ball around hook and casting it where ever you think trout lay in wait.

Review:  I really like this bait, in fact I use it every year when I fish opening day of trout season and proud lake.  What I've noticed is that it's  a great bait that floats so you'll have to adjust how you rig it

according to where the fish are sitting in the water column.  As for Berkley's claim that it's the best trout bait on the market I believe it is good but not that good.  As with any bait it depends on what the fish are feeding on at the moment and how much pressure the fish have been receiving from fishermen using similar baits.
How I Used:  I've been using these baits over the last few years and have used multiple colors including white, pink, a mix of both and yellow.  From what I've noticed the white and yellow colors work the
best as they are closer to the color of the pellets farmed and released trout eat in the hatchery.  As far as wild trout all three colors worked well but egg colors work best particularly around the time of the salmon run.
I personally rig this bait two ways.  One way is with an slip sinker rig using an egg sinker, barrel swivel and #8 egg hook.  Adjusting the length of the leader so the hook will float into the fishes strike zone depending on where the fish are in the water column.  (Image courtesy of fishingnoob)
The other way I use this bait for when I'm fishing in deeper stocked ponds or lakes.  I use a kentucky rig where you tie a small bell sinker to the bottom of the main line with a snelled hook attached up the main line according to where the fish are suspended in the water column.  

Pros:  This bait really catches trout especially stocked trout.  It's easy to use and store also it floats which makes it easy to present to waiting trout. 

Cons: It can be messy smelly on your clothes and hands.  But guess what?  If you're fishing there is a fair chance you're not gonna be clean for long anyway. 

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