SEBILE Relaunches World’s Wickedest Worm

At the annual ICAST trade show to be held in Orlando, Florida in July 2012, vendors in the sportfishing tackle industry unveil all the new tackle they’re planning for 2013.

“This is not just one more worm. It works on all terrain (why it’s called A.T.) and under all conditions. It has unique new features and benefits for anglers, such as the A.T. Worm’s pre-made hook slots and it has a hollow inside from nose to tail,” says lure designer Patrick Sebile.

There’s no terrain the A.T. Worm can’t tackle!

“This is not just one more worm. It works on all terrain (why it’s called A.T.) and under all conditions. It has unique new features and benefits for anglers, such as the A.T. Worm’s pre-made hook slots and it has a hollow inside from nose to tail,” says lure designer Patrick Sebile.

The fact that it is hollow permits the material its made of to possess a certain kind of toughness and resilience that would not be possible otherwise. So the A.T. Worm material is tougher and lasts longer than the average worm but because it is hollow, the feeling and action is that of a very soft, supple plastic.

Another unique feature is the A.T. Worm’s tail. It is a kind of split tail but then again, it is not your usual split tail. The way it’s designed, you will see the two fleshy appendages kind of crisscross to create an X. Turbulence will not be uniform everywhere around the tail, and especially between the two halves of the split tail, thanks to the crisscross design, turbulence varies greatly. That produces a lot of action when you twitch it or when you pull it a little bit faster, you will see the tail flapping quite a lot. It’s a perfect match to how baitfish move their tails – not too much until they decide to accelerate – and then you’ll see the tail vibrate strongly.

The pre-made hook slots mean the hook is always positioned perfectly in the bait, never crooked or rigged incorrectly. Since the worm does not need to be pierced (in effect, torn) to rig a hook in it, the pre-made hook slots cause the A.T. Worm to be tougher, more durable and less likely to tear than other worms.

Another unique feature is the A.T. Worm’s head is especially thick compared to the average worm, and its head is shaped like the v-hull of a boat. When rigged weightless, thanks to the v-hull shape, the A.T. Worm will almost fly or soar underwater with long slides. Using the SEBILE Soft Weight System, by varying the position and number of weights, you can change the planing angle of the A.T. Worm to slide and glide in various directions.

The A.T. Worm’s unique, fleshy split tail is designed to be a perfect match in action for how baitfish move their tails.

Just a Few of the Many Possible Rigging Options

That thick, v-shaped head is also a big benefit with a Carolina rig because if you use just enough speed, the A.T. Worm will lift an inch or so and glide above the bottom, so it gains more visibility. In comparison, the average worm simply drags in the dirt on the bottom behind a Carolina rig.

The hollow body allows for many interesting new places where you can position the hook. It is possible for instance to take a straight shank hook, and thread it from the tail end all the way down inside the hollow until you reach the head so you have inverted the normal position of the hook in the worm. Now when you give the A.T. Worm slack line, it will glide away from you, going under docks, trees or any place.

A “pre-rigged” worm with one hook in front and a second stinger hook near the tail is very easy to make with the A.T. Worm by running the connecting leader inside the hollow.

For deep jigging, you can use the SEBILE Flats Jighead (or any jighead) and simply run the jig hook through the A.T. Worm’s head. Then thread a small single hook you have attached on a leader through the hollow so it comes out the opening between the two parts of the split tail. The rigging is very discreet with the leader inside the worm, and whenever deep-dwelling fish act finicky, you are sure to land many more fish this way.

With the floating model, if you hook one through the middle and use soft weights on the hook so it will sink slowly, you get a very unique kind of upward bend or bow to the bait that makes it very vibrant and lifelike. It practically suspends when it gets to the bottom, and every time you twitch it a little, it gives it a lot of life. So you can keep it in a specific spot where a fish is, and the worm is going to be very active just sitting there.

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