Getting straight with worms

Just because these worms don't have a lot of curb appeal doesn't mean they won't close the deal on hard-to-catch bass . . .

Updated: June 20, 2005, 1:05 PM ET
By Louie Stout | BASSMASTER Magazine, June 2005
Soft plastic baits have undergone a remarkable evolution since the early days of "rubber worms," but none has maintained its integrity like the straight-tail worm. The no-frills, slender-bodied worm remains as effective today as it was when it stormed onto the bass fishing scene more than 50 years ago.

No one can attest to that more than BASS veterans Harold Allen and Larry Nixon, well-respected touring pros who made their early livelihoods by teaching guide clients the art of worm fishing at Toledo Bend, Texas. It was the likes of Toledo Bend and other timber-filled reservoirs where the Texas rigged plastic worm gained its fame.

"I first used a plastic worm in 1967 and caught a bass on my first cast with it," recalls the 54-year-old Nixon. "Worms have really changed since then, but that ol' straight-tail worm is still my favorite."