Keitech Live Impact Worm
By Scott Brown
When it comes to bass fishing, anglers are always looking for the newest bait that can give them the edge over their competitors. The Keitech Live Impact could very well be that bait. After several outings with the Live Impact worm, I have come to the conclusion that it's a very effective finesse bait. On clear highly pressured waters, downsizing is often the best way to get a bite and the Live Impact has all the attributes of a true finesse type bait. Its ringed body is made of PVC, which allows it to float and gives it a unique soft texture not found in many other soft plastic baits. It has a forked tail that gives just enough action to draw a strike and it comes in four different sizes, two and a half, three, four and five inches; so you can downsize your presentation as much as it takes.
The very fact that this bait floats well sets it apart from other finesse baits. Even on a Carolina rig (which is not widely considered as a favorite finesse technique) the four-inch Live Impact has been a real good producer for me. As soon as I noticed that it floated well, I had to try it and it quickly turned into my "go to" bait on a Carolina rig. I use a three-eights ounce brass weight and a light wire 2/0 worm hook that allows maximum float. I have noticed that when a soft plastic bait floats well, it looks more natural in the water, especially with any current. You can just let it set and it will dance all by itself. Another popular finesse technique that has been effective with the Live Impact worm is the drop shot. I use either six or eight pound fluorocarbon. The lighter the line, the better. The light line paired with a light wire hook really lets the Live Impact flow very naturally, which I feel is a very important aspect of the drop shot technique.
The durability question seems to be a hot topic these days, as everyone is looking for the best bang for his or her buck and I don't blame them. I'm no different. When I first handled the Live Impact and the Keitech Swing Impact, I thought the softness might become a problem and could possibly be the downfall of these baits. I was skeptical of the durability right off but after many trips to the lake, it became clear that I was wrong. I don't think there's any style of hook that I haven't had in these worms, and when the fish bit, it didn't make much difference. The PVC plastic holds up very well and they get absolutely abused by the fish. They have a squid scent that the bass respond to really well. Once they grab it, they're all in.
So, if you are looking for a bait that can be rigged to fish a wide range of finesse techniques, I suggest you give the Keitech Live Impact worms a try. I think you'll be pleased with the results.