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Walking Worm Lure
By:  Amy Jacquin

Fishermen, and women, love this time of year. Many want to find new lures to help them hook more fish. Well, here's one for all you bass angers... the Walking Worm.

Steve Ramey and Bob Hughey are two well- known names in the bass fishing circuit. They fish about 20 tournaments a year, even traveling to neighboring states.

On a day in late April, it was colder-than-normal with a pretty stiff wind. Not a good day to be on Crab Orchard Lake.

But Steve and Bob agree to help us test two different lures... the Kick-Tail, which is $30 for a three-pack... and the walking worm, which is $20 for a box of 30. Both claim to help you catch more, and bigger fish. This report we're focusing on the walking worm. Another report will show you more about the KickTail.

Steve spends two hours fishing with the walking worm... while Bob uses his regular lures... in this case, a lizard.

"See where they're a little more substantial?" asks Bob as he compares the bigger lizard to the walking worm.

They head to a familiar cove and begin casting.

"These things are light!" remarks Steve after he casts.

Minutes tick by with no activity... definitely a poor fishing day.

"After this little cold front came through, it tends to shut the fish off," says Steve. "They move on out to deeper water and hide."

Finally Bob catches his first fish on the lizard lure. It's small, but it's something! Which puts the pressure on Steve...

"Yea, but look at what I got to use!" laughs Steve as he holds up the walking worm. "It's flat and thin. I like something a little more bulky."

Steve does get a couple of hits, but...

"Well, he did it again!" exclaims Steve as he jerks the line, but the fish didn't get hooked. "I don't know what's going on. He doesn't want the walking worm!"

It seems that way. Bob reels in his second small fish... and his third, a little larger... and his fourth!

"The walking worm does not work as well as the zoom lizard!" laughs Steve as Bob throws the fish back.

Steve doesn't like the brown color of the walking worm. But that's just the one I ordered... it comes in several others. He's also leery about its light weight.

"That's what's left of the old walking worm after you get him hung up," he says as he tosses a nub of plastic away.

We realize two hours on a poor fishing day is not a fair test... so we left the walking worm with Steve and Bob for the entire month of May. After repeated use, they say the walking worm did not out-perform any other soft bait. Both felt it's harder to rig. And while the thin design allows it's movement, it's not bulky enough for these avid anglers. They say fish pick it up, then drop it. So the Walking Worm tops out at a D.

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