Power Isome are artificial sandworms that are infused with scent to make them extremely attractive to fish. Unlike most "rubber worms" they are biodegradable and also digestible (by fish - I wouldn't suggest snacking on them). They are well known to British rock fishing enthusiasts but to my knowledge have been unavailable in the US - until now.
Rock fishing is inshore salt water fishing, generally for modest sized fish. Around the Chesapeake Bay, striped bass are called "rock fish," and although I suspect stripers would take the Power Isome pretty readily, that's not what is generally meant by the term rock fishing. I think rock fishing is fishing for the smaller fish that live around the rocks along the shore.
French Grunt caught by Alan L with Power Isome
It is something I have never done and know little about. I do know that Japanese rock fishing - mebaru - is done with rods similar to keiryu rods (as well as with spinning tackle). People are only beginning to use keiryu rods in the salt here in the US but I think it is a natural progression from mountain streams to rivers to the sea. I suspect that it also will be a natural progression from fishing for smaller rock fish to fishing for the Chesapeake "rock fish." There are rods than can handle schoolie stripers.
I am embarrassed to say that although I live on an island, within a couple blocks of the water (brackish, but still), I have not done any "rock fishing." I intend to change that this year. Wanting to play around with whatever smaller fish live among the rocks along the shore is only one reason for getting in the Power Isome, though.
A larger reason was to find an effective bait to use when keiryu fishing that can be kept from one trip to the next. Pound for pound, worms are more expensive than steak and a long line of Scottish ancestors have instilled in me a sense that throwing them away at the end of the day is just wrong. For some strange reason, my wife does not want me to keep worms in the refrigerator. (I have since started a worm farm, but not everyone wants to do that!)
I've tried finding nymphs under rocks on the stream, but I ended up spending a lot of time fishing for bait when I could have been fishing for trout. Time is precious. You can't make more of it.
One of the things that sold me on the these baits is that even though
they are formulated for salt water fish, I have to think they will be a
big hit with trout and smallmouth bass. Cut in half, they'll look an
awful lot like a hellgrammite.
There is one other factor that
is very nice about the Power Isome compared to something like the
Berkley Gulp scented baits. They don't stink! They have a fruity smell
that is way better than the truly nasty smell of the competition. Because they have a nice fruity smell, be sure to keep them out of the
reach of children. "Not for human consumption" is about the only English
on the entire package.
They come in different colors and
sizes. I've settled on the large and small brown ones.
I had decided to stop carrying them because the resealable zip lock packages leak. However, enough people kept asking for them that I decided to bring them back. I would definitely keep the resealed pack inside another zip lock bag.
Even though I have not tried them in salt water, I have caught trout, bass and bluegills with them. They work, and the people who have had them and kept asking for them when I ran out seem to think their effectiveness more than offsets the inconvenience of double bagging.
This product has a very strong fruity smell.
DO NOT USE IN BEAR COUNTRY.
Large Brown (4.3")
Package of 15 - $9
Small Brown (3.1")
Package of 20 - $9
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|Isome is killin' alone or as candy on a fly. Five species today.
Alan L, On Vacation in Mexico
|They're not just for salt water. This 'bow hit it with abandon!
TenkaraBum, On location in Colorado
|Baby stripers LOVE the Power Isome
Rich R, New York