Bass fishing took a big step forward shortly after the end of World War II. As the stories go, Ohio bass anglers Dave DeLong and Nick Creme independently worked out ways to make soft plastic worms for bass fishing. DeLong reportedly poured his first worm in 1946 and Creme in 1949. These early editions were slow to catch on, as anglers favored plugs, spinners, and spoons. But as soon as folks tried the imitation nightcrawlers, they caught bass.
The coming of lizards, craw-worms, and tubes, then soft stickbaits like the Slug-Go, and finally the Senko genre, largely relegated worms to the garage or attic toward the turn of the 21st century. But as happens so often in the fishing lure industry, what's old becomes new.
Over the last year or two, open-minded anglers have found that JJ’s Jigs X-Worms indeed have a special allure that's not been jaded by time or overshadowed by more modern soft-plastic worms. As one lure maker recently told me, "Developing new worm designs is a lot like reinventing the wheel."
I guess I have reinvented the wheel!
Silas Giardina with his very first smallie on the Chemung River using an X-Worm.
Now my design has become an ultimate worm for bass fishing through the incorporation of several new wrapping techniques. The X-Worm is about 4 to 5 inches long from the tail tip to the jig head. It is made with thick palmered chenille that delivers a large, lifelike body that fish will hold onto for a while. It’s multiple layers of chenille hold applied scents longer than soft plastics and build up bulk quickly. This bulk makes a sonic signature in the water and that signature is the equivalent of a bass 'dinner-bell'. The X-Worm really fills a need in the warmwater angler's arsenal. Since it’s made with durable fibers this bait will last 10 times longer than soft-plastic worms. You will get more fishing time in and less time switching out baits that are torn or inflexible from colder water temperatures.
The X-Worm Jig in a red mottled crayfish and olive colors.
Wherever you might fish a plastic worm you can effectively fish a wriggling, enticing X-Worm Jig. It imitates the hottest new plastic jerk worm but it is extremely more durable than soft plastics. It floats and dives and stays near the surface with a soft, slinky, wiggling action. The X-Worm can be fished deep or shallow and fast and slow but is especially effective when worked slowly around the cover of weedbeds or woody debris. The slightest movement of the rod tip or line, and the worm will dart side to side. Be alert to subtle takes on the fall with this wonderful worm. This jig worm also incorporates a "G-Stinger" Tail for those choppy short strikes.
Hopefully by giving it a shot you will improve your number of fish in hand and learn how to fish using my X-Worm. I especially recommend this type of bait to those who are just starting out fishing but also for those who have fished for years.
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