8, 1992 - SCRANTON
Worked Long Hours to Perfect Bass Lure
By Dave Lewonczyk
was fishing a tournament in New York state, and since I was paired with a guide,
I had high hopes I would do well.
started down a shoreline I had fished before, albeit poorly.
When he started using top water lures, I put on a spinner bait.
My hopes were high, but after 20 minutes without a fish, I started to
moved to another spot that was so shallow I figured my spinner bait would work
wonders. When I saw him pull out
what I thought was a broken worm, I figured he only had one oar in the water.
When he hooked the piece of worm through the middle with a bait hook, I
figured he really lost it.
cast the weird bait close to shore and began to shake the rod.
The first thing that crossed my mind when I saw the worm n top of the
water was the action a bait fish makes when it’s dying.
After shaking, he gave it slack line and let it drop to the bottom.
wasn’t lying n the bottom more than five seconds when the line started to
move. He slowly reeled up the slack
and hit the fish hard. His rod bent
in half and a minute later a two-pound bass was aboard.
immediate reaction was, “What luck to catch a nice bass on that silly looking
rig.” I didn’t have much time
to think about it when he cast back to the same spot.
Again, he shook the work, then gave it slack and let it sink.
Again, the line twitched and he set the hook.
Two minutes later a twin of the first fish came over the side.
It happened three other times in quick succession before he had a lull in
when someone is catching fish and I’m not, it doesn’t bother me too much.
When I’m in a tournament and somebody is cleaning my clock it really
gets to me.
offered me the same worm that he was using and I refused, more out of curiosity
than anything. I anted to see if it
as just a fluke, or if it as the lure. If
I started to catch fish behind him with the spinner bait, then I would know the
fish were jut active. If he
continued to catch fish and I didn’t, then it would surely be the lure.
Six fish later, I knew that it was the lure and I wished I had accepted
one when he offered it.
he offered me one the second time, I didn’t hesitate.
I wish I could say I caught my limit but it wasn’t that easy.
I wasn’t proficient with the lure and he was.
He covered the water so well there weren’t many fish left to look at my
offering. I did manage to land four
though for a respectable showing.
couldn’t wait to try the lure on my favorite lakes back here.
To my surprise it works every bit as well around here on every lake I
have tried it on.
not often a new lure comes around that will work wonders like this one did.
It seemed to catch fish when nothing else did.
My biggest worry was I would run out of the bag my partner of the day
worries were over when I attended the Allentown show last month.
Not only did I find every color imaginable, I met the originator of the
lure. To say Jeff Cammerino
originated the lure is a big simplification.
He figured out the whole system that makes the worm work so well.
length, weight, circumference, density, and overall surface design has
contributed to the lure’s superior ability to catch fish.
I interviewed Cammerino, I was surprised to learn he started to develop it 17
years ago. It took him years to get
everything right, and this is the product of all those years.
started when Cammerino was fishing one day and noticed some fish rising under a
tree. When he got close enough to
see what they were feeding on, he was surprised to find that t was caterpillar
larvae. This started him on his
quest to develop a lure that would imitate the larvae dropping into the water
first Cammerino would go to discount stores and buy cheap worms by bulk and
experiment with them. He would cut
them and try to get them to the size he desired by melting them together.
By cutting and trimming here and there, he finally got the size and
weight he wanted and by testing different materials he finally got the density
needed to sink at the rate he desired. When
he was satisfied, he made a mold and started to produce the “Jersey Riggs ™”.
of the density, size, weight, etc., and the unique way of rigging the “Jersey
Rigg™”, they float on the surface long enough to shake them and then they
start to sink ever so slowly. The
buoyancy is almost neutral when rigged the way Cammerino tells everyone to do.
Cammerino explained, he experimented for years to come up with the right
combination of worm and hook size. He
said, “Take a number one bait hook and penetrate the center of the worm with
the hook so that when the barb is brought back out and exposed, the hook shank
is perpendicular to the worm. Don’t
use any weight with this system in shallow water.
you’re fishing it in deeper water, a small split shot weight can be used to
get it to the bottom quicker. Use
the smallest weight possible though,” he said.
the lure hits the water with no commotion, the fish aren’t spooked by it, and
by keeping the worm in the strike zone longer, the fish find it hard to resist.
of its compact size and no weight, the worm can easily be skipped under the
lowest docks on the lake. Getting
it where the fish are plush the lure’s ability to be worked without moving out
of the strike zone adds to its attraction.
reason the lure attracts so many fishermen is because it will catch every
species of fish that swims. Although
it was designed with the bass fisherman in mind, it appeals to every species”,
The thing that impressed me most was the fact the first time you use the lure you can catch fish. Unlike many lures on the market, it will catch every species of fish in the lake you are fishing, which makes it the ideal lure to give a child to keep his interest high. I guarantee it will keep your interest high also.
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