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Old Baits That Come and Go

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October 16, 2012
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When I was asked to write an article on old baits that you hardly hear anything about anymore, quite a few came to mind. It became especially apparent just how many there are when I looked through old tackle boxes in the garage and saw just how many hard fishing baits and plastics that I no longer use. Sometimes I try a couple of those old lures to see if the magic will come back. It never does, and sometimes that is baffling to me because I can’t come up with a solid answer. I like to pick up those old lures and reminisce about some of the amazing catches they produced back in the good old days.

shop luresI remember the first two lures I had as a kid and how many bass I caught on them. It was amazing. Nowadays I wouldn’t even think about using one. One was a Heddon Pikey and the other a Bomber lure with the metal lip. I cranked up many fish on these plugs. Then I graduated to Hawaiian Wigglers and Johnson silver spoons and caught tons of bass. Then along came the Hell Bender, another fantastic crankbait for its time. When I look back at this list, the only lure I use sometimes is the Johnson spoon, and it has been replaced with Zoom’s Horny Toad.

A few old top water baits that were one time killers were the Jitterbugs and Sure Slayer buzz baits. One old top water bait was the Rebel Pop R, which was a killer lure. Rebel quit making them, but it is one of the old timer baits that had to be brought back, and today it is still a killer lure. Some of the old baits like Bagley’s Bango lure and the Big O type baits still produce fish today but don’t get thrown near as much as in the past.

One of the old excuses is that fish become use to the lures, but those fish from 20 or 30 years ago are now gone. We have so many more new lures on the market now that are so lifelike with finishes that are unbelievable, they just seem to work so much better. We have lures that are made to work in so many different water columns now that we didn’t use to have.

If you want a lure that runs one foot, three feet, 20 feet, or whatever, you can find it now. You can also match any lure size to match the bait fish that the bass are being fed on. It’s just amazing the variety that is available now. I remember going into bait shops and there would be a 10 foot section of lures. Now you can go to the Bass Pro Shops and there are hundreds of feet of shelf space, or even more, of lures to choose from.

I look at plastics and remember the old Creme two or three hook worm rigs and the two hook Do-Nothin’ worms. It’s hard to find them anywhere these days. I look back at plastics that I have been using since day one, and if anything they have gotten better. For instance, Zoom’s Lizard, Centipede, Finesse worm, Brush Hog, and probably by far the most fish catching worm of all time, the Zoom Trick worm. If you don’t have these worms in your Z-8 Nitro boat, you are usually in second place. One thing about plastics is they have held up from day one and when nothing else works, you can depend on them. I noticed again in the Bassmaster magazine this month in the big fish category, four of the big fish were caught on Zoom plastics. This happens every month, year after year. So what does that tell you? If you want to catch big fish consistently, throw more plastics.

There are so many old lures that have come and gone that I’m sure you could name a lot I have simply left out. But hey, it’s still fun to pull out one of the antiques and throw it once in awhile and think about old times. Bass fishing and bass lures have come a long way baby.

If you have any fishing questions please e-mail me at And never pass a soldier in uniform without thanking them for all they do for us.

Good luck fishing and may God Bless you.

Written by Woo Daves


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Woo Daves

Home: Spring Grove, Virgina
(wife) Patty, (children) Wendy, Chris, Dave and Bob
Collecting arrowheads, saltwater fishing and hunting
: Nitro


Angling Stuff

Favorite Technique: Plastic worm, using a spinning rod, w/light line and finesse fishing
Fishing Strength:
Finesse fishing shallow water and docks in tough conditions
Favorite Lake:
Thousand Island, NY
Favorite Species Fished
Bass and Smallmouth bass
Likes to Fish:
Saltwater fishing on the Eastern Shore of Virgina and catch flounder, red drum and black drum
Circuits Fishing: BASS Opens, Fishers of Men and local tournaments


Career Highlights

Fishing 50 years
20 1st Tournament Finishes
2000 Bassmaster Classic World Champion
17 time Bassmaster Classic qualifier
50 Top-10 Bassmaster Classic Tournament Trail finishes5 Bassmaster event
5 Bassmaster event wins
2012 Finished 3rd in Northern BassMaster's James River Open
2011 Qualified and finished 10th in PAA All-Star Championship
2009 Inducted into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame
2006 Finished 4th in Northern Smith Mt., VA Bassmaster's Open
2004 Finished 3rd in points for the Northern Bassmaster's Open Division
2003 Winner of the Mustad Ultra Point/Bass Pro Shop Classic
2002 Winner of Norther Bassmaster's Hudson River Open
1999 & 2000 Angler of the Year at Bassmaster's Eastern Invitationals
1991 Winner of Illinois Bassmaster Invitational
1991 Winner of Pro-Am Teams Points Championship
1974, 1976 and 1977 Winner of the Virginia B.A.S.S. Federation State Championship
Selected as a Road Warrior for USA Today
I work with the Super Kids on the south side of Virginia
I am involved with Pro-Am Teams' Piers For Handicapped Fishermen Program - four piers already built.
Host of the Annual Burrowsville /NASCAR / Wounded Warriors Fishing Tournament. September 2011 was our 20th year.
Produced six Bass fishing videos and DVD's.

Feelings on Tournament Fishing:

Tournament fishing creates a great competitive atmosphere, which requires you to use your physical and mental skills to the fullest. It also allows you to develop friends nationwide.  Throughout the years of tournament fishing, I've personally had the opportunity to meet a tremendous amount of people and I have learned many fishing techniques on different lures and different structures.

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