Christian 1Kaleb ChristianMrs.MaxwellBritish litOctober 5, 2011 Plastic Bass Bait Plastic worms have change the sport of bass fishing tremendously over the pastone hundred years. Many people have tried to design and make these worms, but only afew actually came out on top and tried to make a business out of it. This industry one ofthe fastest growing bait industry and will be as long as bass fishing exists. Since bassfishing has started, people have tried to design and be the first on the market, create manydifferent variations and colors of plastic worms, and techniques on how the worms areused. According to the United States Patent and Trademark office, the first plasticworm was developed in 1877. This bait was made from pure rubber, and this first attemptat the worm was to become a great accomplishment in the fishing history book. The firstidea of the plastic worm occurred in post-war Middle America in the year of 1949, andmachinist and fisherman, Nick Créme, was experimenting with various mixtures of vinylin his Akron, Ohio home. Crème made his original molds from live night crawlers andwith the help of his wife, poured molten vinyl into the hot pots, and that‟s when heunknowingly became the "father of hand-pouring plastics." He also became the first toadd scent to his worms by adding ground up dried night crawlers and cheese to themixture. “Crème„s
Christian 2Texas-rigged worms allowed anglers to penetrate thick canopies of submerged brush anddense aquatic vegetation, and catch fish that couldnt be reached with conventionallures.”(Berlocher). Crémes first product, the Wiggle Worm, hit the market in 1951.Demand for the Wiggle Worm took off and he couldn‟t keep up with the pace. In the1960s, the Crémes moved their lure making operation to Tyler, Texas. “Texas rigging"of plastic worms became popular shortly after. Today, Crémes original Wiggle Worm isstill in production and sold under the name "Scoundrel." Although others in the 1950s were working with similar materials to createanother plastic worm to fish with, in 1967,Tom Mann, a fisherman from Lake Eufaula,Alabama, introduced the now famous Jelly Worm. These worms brought a new level ofsoftness to this type of bait that had not been seen previously by adding translucent colorsand scents blended directly into the plastic. The next variation of plastic worms came from a small Louisiana town in theearly 1970s. Up to this point, a straight tail plastic worm was all fisherman knew about. Acompany called Mister Twister changed all that in 1972 when they introduced the CurlyTail worm. The built in action of a wavy tail combined with soft plastics proved aninstant hit among fisherman. During this time period, bass fishing itself was emerginginto a national sport with the help of tournaments and organizations such as B.A.S.S.Bass fishing was growing in popularity at an increasingly high rate, along with thepopularity of variations of plastic worms. Rebel introduced the Ringworm in the mid 1970s. Gene Larew thought of putting
Christian 3salt in the plastics he was molding. Lindy-Little Joe, Berkley, Boone, Lunker Lure,Culprit, Reds, Bagley, and many others started copying his idea. Two-tone worms,fire-tail worms, bloodline worms, worms with sparkle and flake and scented wormsstarted popping up in bait shops. During this time, the plastic worm underwent somemajor reconstruction. Bobby Garland introduced a new variation of the basic buck tailjig, the spider jig. Haddock Lures came out with some different variations of baits such asthe first creature baits. Marv Bendlin, of Worm King, started making reapers, aleech-style bait. Berkley developed the ever-popular Power Bait series of plastics; tubejigs, plastic pork, lizards, crawdads, trailers, and every other variation on a plastic baitstarted catching up with the plastic worm success. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, custom hand pours were starting to come aboutall over the Western U.S. Smitty Worms, one of the first companies to hand pour theirplastic worms, was finding its way into Western fishing shops. Many people tried to starttheir own plastic work businesses, but did not survive due to the bigger plastic wormcompanies. In 1989, Greg Stumpf invested in the first robotic machine, which wascapable of mass producing hand poured worms. Since this time, RoboWorm can also becredited for reintroducing the ringworm design with its popular Zipper Worm. Bass Fisherman were taking advantage of using the plastic worms in differentways. Instead of the original Créme pre-rigged worm, fisherman were developing theirown methods for fishing worms more accurately. It wasnt long before Carolina rigging,wacky rigging, split shotting, and other methods became popular among fisherman in
Christian 4different regions around the U.S. Today, the latest development of plastic worm fishing isdrop shotting. This Japanese-born technique is different from traditional rigging and ithas become a guarenteed fish catcher. Dropshotting is mainly responsible for severalvictories in major tournaments in the last couple of years. Since Nick Crèmes simple hand poured plastic worms, the plastic worm industryhas grown tremendously. The Fishing Tackle Retailers 2002 Buyers Guide, lists 84manufacturers of plastic worms. Anyone that does any amount of fishing has had to learn how to use plasticworms to catch bass. Whether fishing for large or smallmouth bass, worms work the best.They are most fisherman‟s secret bait and every fisherman‟s fall back if their favorite isnot working. They are simple to use and come in many varieties, but because there are somany varieties, the choices can be confusing and fisherman will have to experiment somein the waters before they can find the one that works. However, there are some generalguidelines on how to choose which color and size to use. While fluorescent colors keeptheir color in deep waters, other colors turn a shade of grey. Color can be something tokeep in mind after fisherman find the bass. If the fish wont bite your lure, change thecolor of it instead of picking a while new one. When fishing in water with little light, usedark colors and also when it is cloudy; this lets the fish see a dark spot in the water whereit will want to go to. When fishing with a lot of light, use light colors; this allows the fishto see it during the day in the clear water. Big bass have learned from being caught due totheir curiosity to not go after unnatural looking bait. The use of natural looking bait will
Christian 5result in more bass. As a general rule use 6-7 ½ inch worms for big bass and 4 inch at allother times. In conclusion, bass fishing has changed tremendously over the last century. Manyfisherman rely on plastic works to catch some of the biggest large mouth bass in theworld. The invention of the plastic worm has changed every fisherman‟s point of view onfishing because they don‟t have to buy live worms and risk getting them taken away.