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I thought Zoom Lizards were new lures .😃

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Going through my stuff, I also found a bag of Ding - a Ling worms. It has Billy Westmorelands picture on the package. Only 2 left in the bag. A paddletail, segmented worm, can't remember when I bought those. Heck, I love all plastic worms. I've made so many threads on them, everybody's probably tired of talking about them! For me, still and always will be number one for bass!

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41 minutes ago, scaleface said:

I thought Zoom Lizards were new lures .😃

Can't wait to throw these again! I've got pumpkin, pumpkin/ chartreuse and blk/blue. Another old favorite I'm bringing back this year. Texas rigged worked best for me.

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One of my best days this year was fishing behind 2 guys who were throwing either a burner worm from Gambler or Zoom Speed worm, other guy looked to be throwing a Gambler 5" EZ swimmer on top..That's usually a great way to cover water in Florida over weeds etc...

 

I started swimming a 6" BPS curly tail black blue tail worm that was on my light spinning rod, ended up getting bit what felt like every cast. The curly tail worm gives off a subtle swimming action on top compared to all the buzz style plastics and paddle tails, also falls differently which gets alot of strikes. I find that when creating commotion on top, if you kill a plastic once or twice, you often get bit for fish that follow or thinking about striking.

 

Was anyone swimming curly tail worms back in the day before Speed worms? I used to swim Culprits over lily pad fields just for fun since we didn't have braid and could never land them...Is that a new technique as in last 10 years?

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Sorry you spoiled the new line - probably got to go buy more.  Please understand that it isn't about you.  Fishing tackle companies count on you getting more gear every year.  It doesn't matter that you've got more than you can ever use - get some more.   You can indulge yourself by fishing some of your old stuff, but understand it is an indulgence.  As long as you've got some disposable income, it is your duty to buy more fishing gear.  IMO

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14 hours ago, Mobasser said:

Were always looking for the hot new thing, when we probably already have the best

So true , but last year I wouldn’t have caught half of the fish I did; without the use of plastics made within the last few years. Specifically the Berkley Pit Boss and Yum Christie Craw.....but as for worms I do still fish a plethora of Zoom and Culprits from the 1990s and maybe even late 1980s. They still work very well and in some cases better than newer designed worms.

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I love to buy new stuff and try it out when I know the bite is on. How do I know the bite is on....by using my old stuff first!

I am more then likely the only angler on the lake that still fishes hair jigs with pork rind trailers and a lake full of bass to educate.

Tom

 

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It says something when you can find Culprit ribbon tail worms at every Walmart, Kmart, Dicks, small tackle shop.....Yet they barely do any marketing, can't think of a pro that is paid by them but I am sure they have a few guys....

 

Even Sports authority back in the day always had culprit worms...Only other bait you will always find on a shelf in every tackle shop is a GYB senko for most part in soft baits and then it is kind of geographic....Walmart is not stocking Z-Man, Gambler etc. which are the "Hot"Brands These days...Yet they always have a good selection of 5" and 7.5" culprit worms....For good reason....They work as well as any soft plastic today imo....always have, I switched to Power worms when they first came out for a few years, but not never pick up the power worm.

 

I am surprised Culprit doesn't advertise more, sponser better guys...The Incredicraw/Incredislim is a fantastic pitching bait as a change up to what everyone else throws....Then the trailers they make are actually really good as well but nobody uses them...

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15 hours ago, Mobasser said:

Going through my stuff, I also found a bag of Ding - a Ling worms. It has Billy Westmorelands picture on the package. Only 2 left in the bag. A paddletail, segmented worm, can't remember when I bought those. Heck, I love all plastic worms. I've made so many threads on them, everybody's probably tired of talking about them! For me, still and always will be number one for bass!

I fish the same way, and I am 60, too.  Coincidence? 

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On 3/15/2019 at 5:50 PM, MAN said:

I think you are giving bass waaaaay to much credit.  ☺️ 

So, you are saying that the bass in your lakes still bite an Alabama Rig as good today than they did 5 years ago? Definitely not true here in TN. First time anglers that couldn't catch a fish at Captain D's were catching 30-50 fish a day on that thing when it first became popular. There hasn't been a tournament won on it in 2 years that I know of.

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On 3/15/2019 at 5:33 PM, N Florida Mike said:

These are some of my favorite worms. For some reason they arent in stores much anymore. I plan to order some this year.

They are so...slinky is the word . And coated with that slimy stuff . Love to sniff em'😃 Bass love em too !!

Order extra "Lunker Lotion" from the site...I love putting that stuff in all my older plastics, Yes, those worms are money. Awesome colors and it is a great worm with the shape. It comes through weeds awesome. I believe alot of people fish that Producto worm, but for some reason they are never on shelves anymore.

 

They do pour a ton of that lotion in the bags which is probably why the ones I have from a decade ago are still brand new.

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I’m also a big fan of the Producto Tournament Worm.  The shipping is a little high but the worms are so cheap that it evens out.  

 

A lot of the brackish/inshore guys I know swear by the Producto Shads as well. They are great on a jig head or as a trailer for smaller swimjigs.  

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On 3/17/2019 at 7:55 AM, sll said:

So, you are saying that the bass in your lakes still bite an Alabama Rig as good today than they did 5 years ago? Definitely not true here in TN. 

Yes.  Although you did pick literately the most extreme lure as a reference. 

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Cool thread.  I'm a newcomer/weekend warrior but I'm as interested in learning about the old stuff and how/why it worked as I am about the latest and greatest.  There is a lot to learn from the old masters.  I came across a pile of older Ditto baits, mostly "gator tail" worms last fall at a pawn shop in Georgia.  Had no idea what "Ditto" meant. 

 

That lead me to find the following article about Terry Scroggins making his own from Ditto molds, and giving away kicker tail worms at an event last year.

 

Yesterday I got to actually talk to Terry about his tinkering and he gave my son a pack of his kicker tails at the Classic.  Sure, the pack of baits was cool but what was really priceless was getting to talk to Mr. Scroggins himself about fishing the gator tail.  Looking forward to fishing these classics in our local Georgia ponds soon.

 

https://www.bassmaster.com/gear/scroggins-made-12000-worms-toyota-event

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1 hour ago, snake95 said:

Cool thread.  I'm a newcomer/weekend warrior but I'm as interested in learning about the old stuff and how/why it worked as I am about the latest and greatest.  There is a lot to learn from the old masters.  I came across a pile of older Ditto baits, mostly "gator tail" worms last fall at a pawn shop in Georgia.  Had no idea what "Ditto" meant. 

 

That lead me to find the following article about Terry Scroggins making his own from Ditto molds, and giving away kicker tail worms at an event last year.

 

Yesterday I got to actually talk to Terry about his tinkering and he gave my son a pack of his kicker tails at the Classic.  Sure, the pack of baits was cool but what was really priceless was getting to talk to Mr. Scroggins himself about fishing the gator tail.  Looking forward to fishing these classics in our local Georgia ponds soon.

 

https://www.bassmaster.com/gear/scroggins-made-12000-worms-toyota-event

snake95 that's great! Yep, the Ditto Gator tail is a great worm. I liked grape the best

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