The Plastic Worm
One of the oldest baits in the world is the worm. The good ol earthworm has been baiting hooks as long as people have been fishing. Then as people learned more about things like chemistry, we developed plastic.
Soft, rubbery, can be molded into any shape, durable, sinks and a whole lot of other qualities made it look like an ideal candidate for something that would look and act like a worm. So, some brilliant people got together and made some plastic worms.
Low and behold they worked and a whole new type of artificial bait was born.
The official history of the plastic worm is credited to a man named Nick Creme. He was a machinist in 1949 in Acheron, Ohio.
In those days if you fished with a worm, it meant you were using real live earth worms. You either had to buy them or dig them up yourself and Nick felt like he always ran out just as the fish really started biting. He wanted something he could use over and over. He wanted an artificial worm.
Artificial lures had been around for some time, but most were made out of wood or hard plastics and made to resemble fish. They worked there just wasn’t a worm on the artificial market yet. All that would soon change.
He worked at a tire manufacturing facility, so he first started out with rubber. He made quite a few attempts with this but nothing wawa working the way he wanted it to. Then he got in touch with a man from Dupont Chemicals who gave him some different kinds to try and mix.
Nick wasn’t a chemist, what he learned of chemistry and how to mix plastics came from books at the local library. Libraries were the buildings that housed books for people to read before the internet came along. Books are still used in school, so I’ll skip that description for now. They might be obsolete eventually too.
With the help of his wife Cosma, he mixed various chemicals and oils and pigments till he had a product he liked. Then he went out to test his new plastic worm.
This is when it happened. When an idea becomes a reality. The plastic worm he made not only met his expectations but exceeded them. This is when the Creme Lure Company was born.
It took a few years to get the rest of the fishing community to use them but once anybody tried one, they never stopped using them. Plastic worms are one of the most fished artificial baits in the world today. If you are using a worm now, it’s a plastic one not a real one.
Nick Creme changed fishing forever. Just goes to show what one person with a good idea and the determination to see it through can do.
Today they come in many colors and shapes as you can think of and probably some you can’t. They even come scented, or you can add your own. My personal favorite is still the good old purple worm. It was the first one I used and it’s one I still use, because it still catches fish. Which is the only reason I will use an artificial. If it works, keep it, if not try something else or try using it in a different way.
Using plastic worms is not the most difficult bait to use. You can start off by hooking it through the middle of its body just like you would a regular worm. Cast it out and gently jig it back or put it under a cork and pop it every now and then. If there is a bass around, it’ll find your worm. Then just set the hook and hang on.
Another method is to use a slip weight. You put your line through it then tie on the hook just like normal. Run the hook from the head of the worm down through the body t. When the hook comes out, turn it so the hook goes back through the body and the point sticks out the back. This method helps keep it grass and snag free. Just work it back slowly across the bottom or bounce it back. In the colder months' work it slower and speed it up when it’s hot.
You can also use crimp weights on the line about a foot above the worm. When you bounce it back the weights will bounce, and the worm will flutter behind them like a real worm trying to get across the bottom.
If the weather is right for top water, you can run a plastic worm as a trailer. Tie the worm about 2 to 3 feet behind the top water lure. Work the top water like normal. If you fish like this you run the risk of catching two at once, or a double. We all hate catching two fish at a time, don’t we?
There are probably more ways to use worms out there, but these are the ones I use most of the time. If you do know another way to fish a worm, be sure to share that information with others. I like to think that we, the fishermen and women of the world would like to see others sharing in our success of catching fish. You can keep your honey hole a secret just not your technique. I’m always happy to help someone catch fish in any way I can. I hope you are as well. Don’t forget to say thanks to Mr. Nick Creme the next time you use a plastic worm.