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Illinois hunting and fishing

Photo courtesy of Dennis Medley.

Morton angler develops versatile plastic baits

March 13, 2011 at 07:34 AM

Prairie State Outdoors

Dennis Medley made the Jonah Worm to help anglers make a whale of a catch.

The Morton man created Flat Bottom Baits to make his creations, including the Jonah Worm and the more recently introduced Ruler Worm.

Both are soft plastic baits.

“The difference is the Jonah is a smaller version,” he says. “The Ruler Worm has three hinges incorporated into the plastic to make the bait react like a wounded snake.”

During the retrieve, it can straighten itself out to almost six inches long. The tail spins like a prop.

The Jonah Worm is a smaller version measuring about four inches long.

In just its second year of business, Flat Bottom Baits are sold all over the country and Medley said they catch fish in freshwater or salt water.

“You name it,” he said. “It works on crappie, bass, bluegill, smallmouth bass, trout, catfish and even turtles.”

The Jonah Worm was the first bait rolled out in 2011. The Ruler Worm is barely a year old, coming out in Jan. 2011.

“Everybody was really wanting a larger version of the Jonah Worm since it was really a big hit,” he said.

Medley has been fishing since he was a kid but waited until later in life to create his own product.

“When I was 10 years old I did a lot of fishing with my folks and family and I thought one of these day s I want to design my own lure,” he said. “Finally at 60 years old I decided it was time.

“It’s just been super neat.”

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