Have some just have not had a good bite on them in years, think they are a bit too bouyant, maybe don’t swim in the water as naturally, regular plastics will hit the bottom then slowly fall to a flat position, think that might be a good trigger for LMBs.
I honestly think most plastics work just fine if you know how to fish them.
That said, I have reliably caught more fish on a z-man TRD than any other plastic combined (including 5″ senkos or anything else.) I have caught giant Brown trout in Montana, Rock bass in WI, Rainbow trout in northern MN, Brookies in Colorado, millions of Smallies on the St. Croix, Pike in Ely, as many LMB as I can handle, large crappies, and even one accidental muskie all on a green pumpkin TRD. (I’ve never caught a walleye on a TRD, but I’ve never really tried.)
I’m just sayin’ — it looks like the stupidest worm ever but I will fish it anywhere anytime (never tried it through the ice but I bet it would work.)
This weekend, I was on a metro lake that shall-not-be-named.
The water clarity and emergent weed growth around the sailboat buoys provided an extremely rare opportunity where I could kayak directly over each individual buoy, and see the hard rock/sand bottom and the concrete blocks or tires below each boat (each surrounded by healthy, new green milfoil.)
I’m not exaggerating when I say there was a single 17-20″ bass sitting directly under almost every single one of those buoys, usually within inches of the rope or the concrete block. Often, the bass in charge had a smaller group of soldiers patrolling the area.
They were completely undisturbed by my presence, so I could back up a few feet, count to 30, and drop a green pumpkin directly in front of their faces.
I could then sit and watch as they left their post to investigate; it was 80 degrees and high sun so they were not active. They would stare at that dumb little worm, sometimes for as long as 15 seconds. Then I’d give it a little pop or wiggle, and 9 times out of ten, the second it started to move away I had an 18″ bass on my line.
It was honestly one of the cooler fishing experiences of my life, sort of like an in-person version of the underwater Youtubes everybody is putting out these days.
I’m not saying other lures/presentations would not have worked, but I saw with my own eyes how the TRD worked and how irresistible it proved.