Thanks for the info. It definitely catches the smaller fish on average and for that reason I also avoid it now when targeting bass. I think I'm going to find it tough when targeting sole this year as I'll have to use worm and one of the marks is an estuary where there are a lot of small bass. Tight linesAbout 6lb in a shallow sandy bay, very calm night.
I was actually fishing for sole, or trying, but that was the only fish.
Had loads of undersized schoolie on rag or lug in the past and stopped using worm as a bass bait for that reason. If I’m going to be pulling in small stuff all night I’d rather stay at home.
But bass are opportunists and eat almost anything. Imo it’s not that the bigger fish won’t take worm, just as you say, the small ones get to it first.
Incidentally, we do catch a lot of bass on bunches of maddies when estuary flounder fishing in the autumn.
My best is probably around 5lb but I know of fish up to 9lb caught by friends, so in that setting they will take it.
A bit different to king rag in that maddies is the dominant bait in that river so presumably it’s what the fish are expecting to find.