The Rabid Baits Goby

Rabid Baits of Poultney, Vermont, has created a novel soft-plastic rendition of a spherical goby.

We corresponded with Bob Scott Sr., Bob Scott Jr., and Joshua Mossey, who’re the homeowners of Rabid Baits, about this creation, and so they despatched a pattern for us to work with and look at.

Here’s what our examinations revealed about their Goby.

From the tip of its head to the tip of its tail, it measures 3 5/8 inches lengthy.

Its head is five-eighths of an inch lengthy and five-eighths of an inch extensive at its widest spot with a circumference of about 1 3/4 inches. The tip of its snout has a slight indentation, and this indentation has a diameter of one-quarter of an inch. The eyes are pimple-like bumps, that are three-eighths of an inch from the tip of its snout, and they’re a couple of quarter of an inch aside. The dermis of the top’s predorsal space is easy, as is its breast. The perimeters of the top are embossed with delicate etchings. The perimeters are about three-eighths of an inch excessive at their highest level.

At three-quarters of an inch from the tip of its snout, the Goby’s torso is adorned with a dorsal fin. It consists of two segments of a fragile assemblage of rabbit fur. (It’s attention-grabbing that Bob Scott Sr., who’s a devoted fly fisherman, described it as a rabbit zonker, which is a fly-tying time period). Every of the 2 segments of rabbit fur are securely hand-tied to the Goby’s torso. They’re about 1 1/4 inches lengthy.

On the junction of the bait’s head to its torso, either side of the torso is endowed with a pectoral fin. They’re additionally product of rabbit fur, and they’re barely longer than one inch.

The Scotts have found that the rabbit-fur fins create what they describe as a “finesse motion not like some other” goby-style bait that has ever been made.

At 1 1/16 inches from the tip of its snout, the Goby’s torso is about five-sixteenths of an inch extensive with a circumference of about 1 3/8 inches and peak of about seven-sixteenths of an inch.

Two minuscule soft-plastic fins, that are virtually invisible to the human eye, adorn the ultimate 1 1/4 inches of the dorsal. The remainder of the dorsal space is barely convex with a easy dermis. Its ventral space is comparatively flat with a easy dermis, and it’s devoid of an anal fin. The Goby’s sides are imprinted with faint etchings.

The torso’s caudal peduncle part is significantly smaller than the world round its dorsal fins. For instance, at 3 1/2 inches from the tip of its snout, it has a width of three-sixteenths of an inch with a circumference of about one inch and a peak of five-sixteenths of an inch.

The ultimate three inches of the bait is skinny and possesses considerably of an oblong form. Thus, it isn’t endowed with a homocercal-style tail of an actual spherical goby. This space is a couple of quarter of an inch excessive with a width that ranges from one-eighth to one-sixteenth of an inch extensive and a circumference of about five-eighths of an inch.

The Scotts observe that the design of their Goby’s tail, its flat breast, and its flat ventral space produces a seductive gliding presentation, which is an attribute that Midwest Finesse anglers relish.

It’s manufactured within the following hues: Citron, Erie, Ghost, Inexperienced Pumpkin Orange, and St Lawrence.

A package deal of 4 prices $7.99.

It was designed to be affixed to a Carolina rig, drop-shot rig, mushroom-style jig and a wide range of different jigs. In fact, Midwest Finesse anglers will decide to wield it on a mushroom-style jig and make use of it with six totally different retrieves.


(1) For extra info, go to

(2) Midwest finesse anglers will current the Goby to their black-bass quarries through the use of all six of the usual Midwest finesse retrieves or slight variations of these retrieves. Right here is the hyperlink to our Midwest Finesse column that explains tips on how to execute these retrieves.

(3) Take a look at our earlier gear guides concerning Rabid Bait’s Shaker Worm and the Fast Craw.

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