As seen in USA Today, BASSMASTERS, other publications
Patented Lure out-fishes live bait 3 to 1; could be banned.
Automatically simulates movement of a live worm Effectiveness may spur regulation against it.
The winner now relies on the lure to insure his clients catch fish. To prove its effectiveness, he challenged the President of a large BassMasters Club in Florida to a goal of 100 bass in one fishing day, using the lure exclusively. They caught the 100 by 2:30 P.M.
The lure is great news for anyone who loves fresh-water fishing, but because bass tournaments are getting richer and richer, a new issue arises. Should such a lure be allowed in competition where prizes can reach several thousand dollars? Most tournaments already prohibit live bait, and this lure out-fished live bait three to one.
I asked a spokesman for the company who makes the lure why it was so effective, and how it might fare if it were banned from tournaments. "Well, we would sure miss a lot of free publicity if it were banned. We have heard of some incidents, but so far it hasn't happened on a large scale. Let me explain how it works. "First, fish love worms more than any other food. (The lure is a plastic worm.) Worms are scale-less and easier to digest than other live bait.
But it must be a live worm, and that means it must constantly move. If it
stops moving for a moment, as regular plastic worms do, fish smell a rat. They know it's either dead or a fake. Even if the prey resumes moving when a fisherman reels it in, it's too late. Their mind's made up.
"Ichthyologists-- a fancy word for a fish expert -- say that constant movement excites a predatory response in a fish. Constant movement is so
John Fox, Ten Time National and World Bass Fishing Champ, holds a 19 1/2 and 15-pound bass he caught with the Walking Worm®. He relies on the lure to catch fish.
overwhelming a temptation it triggers larger, less aggressive fish to strike, even fish that have just fed. They can't help it. Nature programmed them to eat live things. "The Walking Worm®'s genius (the lure's name) is a patented, multi-flex construction that traps air between several tail segments, causing the lure to constantly curl, as if it were strolling across the bottom, or through
middle or top water. To a bass or other predatory fish, this constant curling is ice cream. They go berserk. "I was down in Alabama where I saw three imitation lures- - a crank bait, a plastic worm and the Walking Worm®--dropped in a huge fish tank with bass in it. They swam right by the other two, then darted for the Walking Worm®. Why? Well, the crank bait was moving, but it wasn't a worm. The other plastic worm looked tasty, but it stopped moving for awhile when it hit bottom and apparently convinced the fish it was dead. The Walking Worm® was a juicy live worm, and the bass went for it hook, line and sinker, literally.
"Yes, I suppose the Walking Worm® could cause some regulation. The money is big now. A young man we know who is just starting as a pro, used it in a 2005 Classic, his first large competition, and caught his limit in 15 minutes. But he better move fast. Anyone fishing for dollars would be foolish not to use it."
I told him three almost did. Different presentations
The Walking Worm® can be Texas or Carolina rigged.
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Red Shad with Green Fleck
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