I recently purchased Don Fuelsch’s 1962 Southern Angler’s and Hunter’s Guide and was going through its pages when I saw a piece on how to fish the plastic worm. The worm having been the first lure I caught a bass on I decided I better read it. It’s fun to go back in time and see what was en vogue back in the early days of bass fishing and this article was no different. At the time the plastic worm, as we know it today, had only been around for a little more than a decade and its uses were still new to those who utilized them.
First thing I noticed after reading the entire piece was there was no mention of the “slip-sinker method” of rigging. This method, developed by Dave Hawk of Texas, wouldn’t be written about until roughly five years later when a young Bill Dance would make it famous. For those of you not familiar with the “slip-sinker method,” it’s aptly named the Texas Rig for where it was invented – although Hawk was originally from Arkansas.
Back to the article.
The article, aptly named How To Use Plastic Worms, was a pretty decent piece for the time. Fuelsch talks about working a worm slowly for the best results and discusses various rigging and retrieve techniques depending on the rig.
Another interesting little tidbit in the article is the talk of soft plastic bills that were recently added to leadhead jig to increase the action of the worm. Looking at pictures in the Burke ads in the same book revealed what looks to be a Scrounger-type head.
Anyway, I’ve included the full article here for you to read along with a few of the ads from the same book. I hope you enjoy.