My Favorite Plastic Worm: The Tube

An oldie, but a goodie! Knight’s “The Tube”.

I have to admit, I’ve never been a big fan of plastic worm fishing. I guess I never had the patience to fish these baits slow enough to be very successful with them. That said, I did throw them a bit when I was first learning to bass fish, and at the time, had a favorite brand of worm. This happened to be “The Tube” from Knight Manufacturing of Tyler, Texas. Most anglers referrred to it as “The Tube worm”.

I’m not sure exactly what the attraction was, outside of me thinking that they were just simply a cool worm. Those little tentacles on the end, and that internally segmented body just captured my attention. These baits would stand almost straight up on the bottom of the lake when properly weighted, and could even float a lightweight worm hook for a deadly combination when thrown on a Carolina Rig. Some guys would even stuff Alka-Seltzer into the tube to create a bubble tail. Just a neat little worm that I wish was still around, though they can be had every once in a great while from eBay.

Tube Worm ad circa 1980.

Knight Manufacturing started as a garage business in 1965 by Wayne Kent, and his wife, Judy. The Tube was introduced in 1976, and with it came a national product and audience. Knight’s other “famous” venture was “The Lit’l Fishie”, which along with the Sassy Shad, could be argued to be one of the early swimbait predecessors. In 1989, the company merged with the Creme Lure Co., maker of the original soft plastic worm, the Scoundrel.

  • Never did much with the Knight version of the hollow worm concept, or with the Garland variation. But in the early to mid 90s, there was a hollow body worm sans shredded tail that became a big part of my early drop shotting success. It was called the Action Airetale, and appears to be back in business under new ownership.
    Picked some up jut before getting laid up this fall, and the appear to be the same as the ones I used with a lot of success back in the 90s and early 2000s.

  • Last spring I dug some of these Knight tube worms out of my old tacklebox and used them on shakey heads. They seemed to work much better than I ever remembered them working when they were new. I also find some of my old soft plastics like early reaper style baits and sliders make great dropshot baits.