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I quit my job wednesday in preparation for NCSU and decided the most important thing I needed to do was spend some time with the family. Got up early and took my youngest sister fishing in the creek where she caught some pretty bluegil. Never seen a kid so happy as she was when she caught "fred" on her third cast all by her self. Then I took the two older kids bass fishing at a pond in Newton Grove. There was a lot of activity in the moss beds so I pulled out an old personal favorite, the floating worm. The next two hours were full of adrenaline and heartbreaks as the small bass jumped all the way out of the water after the worms, and exploded out of no where even just feet from the bank. We ended up catching 11 all together. The only big ones to be seen were the smiles on their faces. Both of them are new to fishing with rubber worms and this was their first topwater experience. It's safe to say, they're "hooked"!

Why is it that no one really talks about topwater worms on here? They're like magic in heavy cover and lily pads. I'd say they outfish most other topwaters 4 out of 5 times in those instances. Yet you never hear them mentioned. Anyone else use them?
 

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I would call it one of those "forgotten" lures. Its not one of the lastest greatest baits and KVD isnt throwing one on tour and lure companies arent marketing them. Back in the day I used to fish them in ponds alot and catch fish. I still throw one from time to time on the big lakes but not alot.

I grew up watching the Southern Sportsman on Saturday mornings, which played a pretty big part in getting me "hooked". His buddy Danny Joe Humphery was often featured on the show with his floating worm. At the time I believe he had won several big money local tournaments with it. Turns out a friend of mine aquired the rights to the DJH Floating worm a few years ago... whoda thunk it.
 

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The worms I was using are Calcutta brand. I bought them by accident and love them.

Thanks! They are hand me downs. They actually were my old lucky fishing boots! Haha just kidding she insists on wearing them every time I take her fishing
 

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The smiles are awesome! Great to see people sharing the love of fishing with the next generation.
 
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I'm in engineering but haven't CODA'd yet, gonna try to get my grades up more before I do that. Definitely man. I didn't fish anywhere last year but should have. I'll probably bring a rod down.

Once last year I was walking around Lake Johnson, which is nearby, with some friends and saw probably a 6 or 7 pound bass jump from out of nowhere. There was a guy working the shore nearby with a buzzbait and I tried yelling to him to cast over to where I saw the fish, but I don't think he heard. I've been around Lake Raleigh on Centennial a lot and have heard mixed reviews.

I really want to try the Neuse or Haw in spots you can wade. The tailrace behind the Falls Lake dam looks pretty promising.
 

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I quit my job wednesday in preparation for NCSU and decided the most important thing I needed to do was spend some time with the family. Got up early and took my youngest sister fishing in the creek where she caught some pretty bluegil. Never seen a kid so happy as she was when she caught "fred" on her third cast all by her self. Then I took the two older kids bass fishing at a pond in Newton Grove. There was a lot of activity in the moss beds so I pulled out an old personal favorite, the floating worm. The next two hours were full of adrenaline and heartbreaks as the small bass jumped all the way out of the water after the worms, and exploded out of no where even just feet from the bank. We ended up catching 11 all together. The only big ones to be seen were the smiles on their faces. Both of them are new to fishing with rubber worms and this was their first topwater experience. It's safe to say, they're "hooked"!

Why is it that no one really talks about topwater worms on here? They're like magic in heavy cover and lily pads. I'd say they outfish most other topwaters 4 out of 5 times in those instances. Yet you never hear them mentioned. Anyone else use them?
I use them all the time, those and the lizards when I'm fishing with a Carolina Rig as it (the rig's weights) keep the bait below the surface but off the bottom. I haven't really tried them as a top-water lure though. Will have to give it a try the next time I'm at Maxwell or Williams Mill Ponds as they are so full of grass/weeds/lily pads that it's virtually impossible to get any lure underneath the weed growth. Another reason people might not use them too much is because they are so difficult to find and when you do find them there isn't usually a big selection of colors to choose from.
 

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I'm in engineering but haven't CODA'd yet, gonna try to get my grades up more before I do that. Definitely man. I didn't fish anywhere last year but should have. I'll probably bring a rod down.

Once last year I was walking around Lake Johnson, which is nearby, with some friends and saw probably a 6 or 7 pound bass jump from out of nowhere. There was a guy working the shore nearby with a buzzbait and I tried yelling to him to cast over to where I saw the fish, but I don't think he heard. I've been around Lake Raleigh on Centennial a lot and have heard mixed reviews.

I really want to try the Neuse or Haw in spots you can wade. The tailrace behind the Falls Lake dam looks pretty promising.
I'm mechanical engineering. Lake johnson technically doesn't allow bank fishing. I went once with a buddy and fished for thirty minutes before I realized it. There are signs posted everywhere. They want you to have to rent a boat. I think you may be allowed to fish from the bridge though? I'm up for fishing anywhere for anything so just hit me up when you're feeling fishy
 

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I use bubblegum, merthiolate, white for floaters. Sometimes they want the pink, sometimes the others. Usually I start with the pink (bubblegum). I always use the trick worm, it has a nasty side to side when you twitch it!
 

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the zoom trick worms I have sink? Is it a different kind? My one complaint about the calcutta ones is that they have little to no action. They still catch fish but I'd love to find one with a good action so i could slowly retrieve them. The ones I have i just twitch, pause, twitch.
 

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Yeah I think you can fish from the bridge. I tried Bond Park in Cary just the other day actually but it seemed pretty flooded out. I'm not sure how much rain they've gotten here but there were tons of trees and shrubs about 20 feet out and it was really tough to cast.
 

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QUOTE: "Why is it that no one really talks about topwater worms on here? They're like magic in heavy cover and lily pads. I'd say they outfish most other topwaters 4 out of 5 times in those instances. Yet you never hear them mentioned. Anyone else use them?"

I do - lots!, but never thought about postin 'cuz I thought everybody did. But now that I know they don't, let's just keep this a secret between you and me. Shhhhhhh.

Good on ya for taking your family fishin'. The world needs more like you. We have 20,000 of you here on NCAnger, the world needs 20 million, or 200 million, and counting...

Plus Fishin',
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the zoom trick worms I have sink? Is it a different kind? My one complaint about the calcutta ones is that they have little to no action. They still catch fish but I'd love to find one with a good action so i could slowly retrieve them. The ones I have i just twitch, pause, twitch.
Yeah, they sink, but slow enough to keep them in the top few inches of water. It's kind of a misnomer to call them "floating" worms, but the descent is so slow you can see the worm get mashed! Just twitch and pause.
 
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