Original Caption: Pro angler Bob Hamilton of Brandon shows why the jerk worms are so popular - they catch bass. Clarion-Ledger, Jun 1991. Photo credit: Bobby Cleveland/The Clarion-Ledger.

In today’s Throwback Thursday historical photo we feature both a historical angler, as well as a historical bait.

Back in 1991, the appearance of a new bait on the market was capturing the attention of anglers around the country, both on tour as well as the many recreational anglers that pursued bass.  That bait was the Slug-Go, designed by Herb Reed, and the angler in this story about that bait, Bob Hamilton (Robert Hamilton, Jr.).

Hamilton had been fishing BASS tour events since 1985, when he competed in his first national Invitational down in Georgia.  By 1991, he was becoming a more well-known pro, especially locally.  He would end up getting his big break the year after this story was published, in 1992, where he would capture a Classic title, his first and only win on tour.

He fished a total of 112 events, garnering 3 Classic appearances, and cashing more than 3 dozen checks.  His next highest finish was a 2nd place showing in the 1993 Alabama Invitational.

Back to the Slug-Go.

The local paper featured Hamilton telling all about the new baits; how to fish them, and how to rig them.

“It is amazing how many of the tournament fishermen are using the worms. I can’t think of very many Top 10 catches in any of the BASS events I fished this year that a Slug-Go or similar bait like a Scissortail didn’t factor in,” he said in the story.  The Scissortail was designed by pro angler Ricky Green of Arkansas, and was preferred by Hamilton..

Hamilton went on, “I’ll tell you a well-kept secret about these worms.  One of the most productive uses of them is on a Carolina Rig.  They float up off the bottom perfectly.

“That’s been a technique that a few fishermen have been keeping to themselves because it works.  It attracts a bigger bite.”

He also recognized this style of bait for its effectiveness on schooling bass.

Some other recommendations for the proper gear to fish the new lures Hamilton shared was as follows;

> Use heavy line, either 20- or 25-pound test.

> Use a 7-foot, heavy action rod for power on the hookset.

> Use a 5/0 offset hook, to allow penetration through the worm and into the fish.

> Rig the worm weedless like a Texas-rig without the weight, except the hook point should be taken through the worm and rise just on top.

> Use a reel with at least a 5:1 ratio for a quick take up of slack.