Iovino has been making custom worms for decades. Devoted fans love his products, and Iovino is delivering what he calls his best color ever.
For more than six months Iovino has been working on his new worm pattern. “I’m not going to come out with a new color unless I know I can catch fish with it,” – Don Iovino
When it’s ready for Iovino, then it’s ready for you!
Field Tested/Big Fish Proven
Named after a fishing buddy, constant revisions and adjustment went into Mike’s Magic until Iovino knew it was just right. Just recently at Castaic Lake California Iovino scored an 8.4-pound largemouth bass using the final version of Mike’s Magic.
6-Inch Straight Tail Worm in Mike’s Magic
The belly of Mike’s Magic is clear. “This is key; the worm’s bottom is translucent in fairly clear green water, it stands out and gets the fish’s attention.” At this year’s Fred Hall Sportfishing Show, while Iovino was giving seminars at the bass tank, he explained the spooky bass would eat Mike’s Magic on every cast.
Rigging the 6-Inch Straight Tail Worm
Iovino likes to fish this worm on a wacky rigged drop-shot with a short leader. On his drop-shot set-up, during winter, and early spring Iovino prefers a shorter drop, around eight inches. During cold water conditions, Iovino calls his quarry ‘Mud Bass.’ These fish are on the bottom in deep water, and they’re not coming up high in the water column to eat. Iovino says that’s why he uses a shorter leader. “The shorter leader also provides more action and feel in the rod, a lesson learned from Iovino’s Doodle Slide technique.”
Reapers and the Carolina Rig
A Carolina Rig is the way to go when fishing Reapers. For his Reaper set-ups, Iovino uses an Owner Cover Shot Worm Hook. The Cover Shot has a monofilament bait keeper that keeps the soft plastic Reaper from moving on the hook. Iovino says this is very important when dragging baits along the bottom.
“I rig a Pro-Jo cylindrical brass weight above a pegged 6MM glass Doodling bead for my Carolina set-up. The pegged bead allows quick, easy adjustments to the line length between the Reaper and bead. By pegging the bead, the weight slides on the line and gets to the bottom much sooner than the bait, providing a slower lure descent through the water column.”
Pay Attention to the Drop
“Eighty percent of your bites will occur as a bait is falling through the water column before it hits bottom.”
The Breaking Point
In Southern California ultra-light line finesse fishing is a staple for bass anglers. Opting for monofilament, Iovino doesn’t use fluorocarbon fishing line for any application with 8-pound test or lighter. Fluorocarbon is too delicate, says Iovino. If there is a kink in these light lines, you’re going to break the line and lose the fish. The cost of the line and the price of losing a fish doesn’t justify ultra-light line finesse techniques and small diameter fluorocarbon line.
The Little Slugger
The Little Slugger in the new Mike’s Magic color sold out on the first day of the Long Beach California Fred Hall Show.
Rig the Little Slugger wacky style, and with the slightest movement, the Little Slugger produces a pronounced wiggle. Iovino loves to fish the Little Slugger this way. You don’t have to shake hard, but you still get a lot of action, says Iovino.
“Mike’s Magic; probably the best worm color I’ve created. I’m excited, you need to try it, and when you do, you’ll be buying more.”
Mike’s Magic is available in the 6-inch Straight Tail Worm, 4.5-inch Fat Boy Straight Tail Worm, 3-inch Reaper, and the 3.25-inch Little Slugger Finesse Worm.
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