While filming a striper episode for On The Water Magazines TV show with host Andy Nabreski, he mentioned an article that OTW published in 2011, where the author, Ryan Collins, theorized that stripers are accustomed to eating large Milky Ribbon Worms.
Milky Ribbon Worms, which can reach 4 feet in length, live in the same areas as sand worms, commonly known as sea worms. They are about 5/8th of an inch in diameter, and are commonly found from Nova Scotia to Florida.
Andy went on to suggest thinking about making a white tube. When I looked at him with a puzzled face, he went on to say, “stripers sure do love the big bone soft plastics, right? It makes perfect sense.” I had to agree.
Andy later showed me a reference in the actual article where Ryan quotes “Life in Chesapeake Bay” by Alice Jane Lippson and Robert L. Lippson as they explain that Milky Ribbon Worms are more commonly a pale color BUT are often red and pink when most people see them:
“The milky ribbon worm, cerebratulus lacteus is a large flat, pale-white to yellow-pink worm that may attain three to four feet in length when fully extended. Although normally pale, breeding milky ribbon worms are a dark reddish color when they swarm to the surface in late spring and summer.”
I agreed to try them but I never did. I am embarrassed to say that I lost track of this project, until this year when I found a good source for bone white tubing. I have to say, I am very pleased with the outcome. Tipped with a traditional sand worm (more commonly referred to as a sea worm) they are simply deadly.
When To Fish Them: After worm spawning is over. Typically early summer.
Where to Fish them: Fish in areas with rocky, muddy terrain.
Here’s a video of the worm in it’s reddish state from Tide Pool Tim:
More info From Science Site:
“Life in Chesapeake Bay”: http://books.google.com/books?id=BhCbWmyKrZcC&pg=PA70&lpg=PA70&dq=the+milky+ribbon+worm&source=bl&ots=cZeoHKB6vC&sig=TU16mjmhsBWNJlbrCnN3KRQBWQ4&hl=en&sa=X&ei=P7Z7U9ujJJKMyATKyYGwBg&ved=0CD8Q6AEwBg#v=onepage&q=the%20milky%20ribbon%20worm&f=false
The Article In OTW: http://myfishingcapecod.com/demystifying-tube-worm/