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Saturday, July 12, 2008

• Creme Worms: Rigged Angle Worm

http://www.cremelure.com/store/store_product_detail.cfm?Product_ID=105&Category_ID=1

The Creme company makes a number of different types and sizes of plastic worms among other things. I've had the best luck on their small pre-rigged Angle Worm. Whether it be sunfish, crappie, bass, or catfish, these tiny worms do the trick. One worm comes rigged and also included in the package is an extra worm. For around 99 cents to a little more than one dollar, it's a heck of a bargain for what it can catch. They cost $1.88 through the Creme web site though. That means shop around.

The worm measures 2 1/4 inches in length. The rig is comprised of two hooks, six plastic beads, and a small prop that may or may not spin while moving the lure. The first thing I do is rethread the bottom hook through the worm a little further down the body. When rigged as is, you'll miss a lot of hits from fish just hitting the bottom of the worm. The company currently offers this worm in live, red, yellow, chartreuse, and white colors although in the past, they were also available in purple. If I'm not mistaken, I believe I have also seen them in black.

I typically rig them with a float of some kind. I tend to use one of those round orange bobbers and add a split shot an inchor two below it for a little extra weight and casting distance. I find myself always adjusting the depth the worm sits at. I usually aim for about a foot to two feet down from the bobber.

When I fish this rig, I cast it out and let the worm drop. It depends on what I'm fishing for, but usually I'll get a strike right away once the worm settles. Many times the strike is far too quick and I miss little sunfish. Sometimes the fish starts swimming with it and the bobber will simply start drifting off to one side. Little bass seem to bite like that more than other fish. If I don't get a hit after 10-15 seconds, I'll either lift the rod ever so slightly towards me and let it sit again. Sometimes I'll move the bobber using the reel turning about a half crank. Most of the time I'll just reel the whole thing in and start again. Working it back slow does draw strikes, but it's not as productive so I don't waste my time. If you're out on the water just for fun, try rigging up one of these worms. If you're in a tournament, this rig might get you a quick limit.

The worm will eventually start sliding down the hook or come loose. Just thread it back on and continue fishing. These worms can be ripped up at either end and still catch fish. The hooks are not very strong and I've had 3lb largemouth bass bend the hooks and get loose. An occasional gar might take interest in the worm as well and although I've landed one with this lure, I wouldn't rely on the hooks to hold a gar for very long. You can buy the worms in bulk from the Creme web site last I checked. I'm not sure if it's really worth buying the worms that way. Creme makes a similar worm albeit a little longer called the Midjit Crawler, but it doesn't seem to draw as many strikes.

If you were looking for a catch-all bait, this is your lure.

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