By Marc Marcantonio
November 16, 2011
What’s in a name? When I hear a friend bragging about a killer day on the water using a plastic worm, the image of a soft plastic lure shaped like an earthworm naturally comes to mind. When I started bass fishing during the 1960’s, choices in “plastic worms” meant different colors, like blue or natural, or rigged with beads and a spinner or without. Who would have imagined half a century later a plastic worm could be shaped like any imaginable creature a bass might try to fit in its mouth?
Now a “worm” could mean a Kut Tail Worm, or a Senko in any of many sizes, or even a lizard, crawfish, or creature bait. Nobody makes a better plastic worm than Gary Yamamoto, or more varieties that all catch bass anywhere in the world. This story is about two of my favorite plastic worms, and neither imitate an earthworm. Both imitate baitfish, or more specifically, shad.