Tube Worm is back to haunt bass again

BASS Pro Brett Preuett is already catching big bass on the new old Creme Tube Worm.

Everybody’s familiar with the phrase, “out with the old; in with the new.” When it comes to fishing baits, that’s usually the trend. Everybody wants the hot, new bait that the fish haven’t seen yet.

But thanks to Creme Lure Co.’s retro innovation, the old and the new are the same thing. Creme has been making plastic worms for 70 years, so they know a thing or two about it. In fact, Creme is credited with inventing the plastic worm.

“Creme has cleaned the cobwebs off the old Creme Tube Worm molds and is re-introducing the lure into the marketplace this fall. I, for one, am super excited about it,” said bass pro Brett Preuett of Monroe. “This worm was one of the company’s top lures, but it took a backseat to new lures for a while. Now it’s back.”

Preuett said the reason this worm is so productive is its ability to be fished in almost any application. It’s a floater with a solid head down to the egg sac; the rest of the way, it’s a hollow tube. The design allows you to fish it without a weight over grass beds, pads and in thick cover almost like a topwater. It can be Texas-rigged or put on a shaky head and bounced along the bottom. And you can Carolina-rig it and control whether it floats 1 inch or 2 feet off the bottom.

What makes it so special

The head is solid, but the core is hollow, allowing the worm to float from an inch off the bottom all the way to the surface, depending on how you rig it.

“I’ve talked to so many people who used to fish this worm all the time, and it was one of their top producers,” said Pruette, 29, who wasn’t chasing bass back in those days, and is just getting a chance to fish prototypes that are going into the new production run.

This huge bass hit a prototype of the new old Tube Worm.

“This worm is perfect for the type of bass fishing we do in Louisiana,” Preuett said. “It is made for the type of fishing around cypress trees that we have in almost every one of our lakes. And in the deeper lakes like Toledo Bend and Caney, it’s perfect for floating up in the holes in those deeper grass beds. In fact, late summer and early fall, that’s a good spot to start trying it. On up into the fall when it cools off, I look forward to using a split shot and fishing it around the shallower grass beds and boat docks. That’s where bass will be chasing their dinner getting ready for the winter.”

New additions

In the 1970s, the Tube Worm was available in only a handful of basic colors like black and purple, but the new edition will be produced in a variety of proven colors like junebug, motor oil, purple firetail and green pumpkin, as well as the original colors. Preuett knows which will be his first go-to color.

“It’s just hard to beat green pumpkin, so that’s the one I’ll try first in almost any type of water,” he said. After that, black will be the second color he ties on.

The new Tube Worm has been reintroduced to dealers, and the first shipments went out to fill orders near the end of August, Preuett said.

Kinny Haddox
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Kinny Haddox has been writing magazine and newspaper articles about the outdoors in Louisiana for 45 years. He publishes a daily website, and is a member of the Louisiana Chapter of the Outdoor Legends Hall of Fame. He and his wife, DiAnne, live in West Monroe.