Do You Believe In Magic?
Then Come Along With Me
by Bruce Callis Jr

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Do you believe in magic? No, not witches, warlocks, or wizards. The Lovin’ Spoonful had a hit back in 1965 with Do You Believe in Magic, and like the lyrics say, If you believe in magic come along with me. Of course, we are talking about the magic of John Crews and the new Missile Baits Magic Worm. John got together with the folks over at Roboworm for that custom hand poured worm that he wanted to add to his arsenal of weapons for catching bass.

Why would he team up with them, it’s simple really. He could make the worm himself, but it’s the way Roboworm does the custom hand poured worm that allows for the perfect colors that he wanted. And the Magic Worm at 6” long, has the proportions that allow for perfect rigging options. Having one go to worm for many finesse presentations is fantastic.

I have been testing the Magic Worm for a while and I can tell you that it is a true bass catching machine. And I have been catching plenty of big ones using it. I’ve been using it in a variety of situations, from fun fishing to tournaments. And it will always be in my fish catching toolbox.

Rigging the Magic Worm

The first time I laid my hands on it, I was fishing a tournament and I had it rigged wacky style with a VMC Crossover on it. I loved the way it would fall and then stretch back out straight. And I was catching keeper bass on it as well. My partner also got to use them, as always, it’s about catching them bass. He was rigging his Texas rigged without a weight and even caught the big bass of the day. If catching bass doesn’t make you a believer, you are in trouble.

Since that tournament, I have experimented with other rigging options and rigging it Texas style on a light weight as produced a lot of bass. It is like they just can’t resist it and all of them have been choking it. I like to use a 1/8 ounce weight or even a 1/16th ounce mostly as it allows the bait to fall slower, giving the bass a good look at it. And when throwing it around brush and laydowns, it can be the deal sealer. The slower fall will help it weave through everything and drive the bass crazy. I like to rig it on a 2/0 Gamakatsu Skip Gap hook as it helps hold it more securely to the hook and weight.


As a shaky head bait, it can be true magic. Something about the way the bait dances as you shake it and hop it. Remember, if they tear the head up, don’t worry, pinch it off and rig it back up to catch more big girls.

I also have used it on a drop shot with a light wire 2/0 ewg worm hook. The action is amazing and it will stick straight out from the hook, driving the bass crazy. I’ll throw it around brush piles and the big bass just can’t resist it.
And don’t forget about using it on a Gika Rig. I prefer the Gamakatsu 1/8 ounce with a 2/0 hook when possible. The best part is you can order different size weights and change them out quickly when you need something heavier due to depth, current or just a quicker drop to make the bass strike.

Use it on a Neko rig, as the worm will stick straight up off the bottom. I like to use a G-Finesse Weedless Stinger or a Straight Shank Worm with Wire Guard so that I don’t have to worry about getting hung up on anything. Something magic about the way it dances across the bottom as well.

These are just some of the ways to rig it, but as with any bait, everyone rigs it differently. There is no right or wrong way, as the Magic Worm does all the work for you. The Magic Worm has you covered in 12 custom color choices and comes 14 worms per bag. It sells for $10.99 a bag on the Missile Baits website and the same price at Tackle Warehouse. And is available at leading tackle shops that carry the Missile Baits, like GreenTop in Ashland, VA.

What way do you want to rig it? What do you think will work? Carolina rig, Texas, Shaky head or some other way? Do you believe in Magic? Then come along with me and watch it land plenty of big bass.