I have spent the last three or so decades fishing for all manners of freshwater fish using a variety of techniques and types of bait, but almost always come back to the old standby, the live worm when I head out to do some fishing. Worms are known by even the most novice angler as being an effective bait for fishing, but what intrigues me about this fact is that the majority of fishermen that I have run into over the years go about hooking a worm in much the same manner, and that manner isn’t as effective as it should be.
In this article I will provide a little fishing 101 course, if you will, about hooking a worm so that you can see if you are one of the people that isn’t performing this simple task in the most efficient and effective way. What will be described is really quite simple, yet unknown to a majority of fishermen, and will help you catch more fish the next time that you are using worms as bait for fishing.
I was taught this particular method of hooking a worm when fishing more than twenty years ago by a man who was an avid saltwater fisherman at one time and then moved to Central Pennsylvania and used his saltwater knowledge to create what he called “gang hooks” for freshwater fishing. To saltwater fishermen a “gang hook” is not a foreign idea, but these fishing hooks were rarely used when fishing in freshwater situations. This man enjoyed “drift fishing” for trout and small mouth bass in the rivers of Central Pennsylvania while using red worms as bait and had the idea of creating a downsized version of gang hooks for this situation.
So, that’s what he did by simply taking a pair of small fishing hooks (he preferred size 10) and tying the hooks back to back on a single piece of fishing line. By doing this, the worm became much more natural and realistic in the water, thus resulting in more success. Prior to using these unique fishing hooks, hooking a worm for fishing consisted of trying to hook the worm over and over again on a single hook or attempting to thread your worm onto a said hook in an attempt to make the worm look somewhat like it does naturally. The problem is that what ends up happening is you end up creating a sort of “worm ball”.
The point here is that you are more than likely familiar with theses two ways of hooking a worm for fishing, and neither of them is as effective as it could be. In order to be as effective as possible when using worms as bait, a set of gang hooks should be employed. This simple change will result in more bites from hungry fish and is the best way that I have ever encountered for hooking a worm when you are fishing.