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Berkley Tacklebox:
Why do bass eat plastic worms?

Updated: January 23, 2008, 11:20 AM ET
By Dr. Keith Jones | Director of Fish Research at Berkley

Having a curious mind can have its drawbacks. For me it's a particular nuisance when I'm fishing trying to focus on the task at hand. One minute I'll be casting to a log, intent on retrieving my lure, and before I know it the bait is sitting still while my mind races off reflecting on life's great mysteries.

Like, why are fathead minnows called fatheads? They don't seem unusually fat around the heads to me. Or why aren't spinnerbaits called whirley-gigs? Wouldn't that be catchier? Or ...

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