If you are new to the world of fishing or even if you have been fishing for many years, there is one thing that virtually all fishermen have to do at some point, which is bait a hook. Well, one of the most popular and effective fishing baits of all time is the worm and in this article I will outline how to bait a hook with a worm based on my extensive experience utilizing worms as bait. Truth be told, baiting a hook with a worm isn’t a difficult thing to do, but there are certain things to consider when hooking a worm for fishing that will make this popular bait that much more effective.
In case you were confused in some way, I’m referring to live fishing worms or their equivalent synthetic cousins that are offered by companies such as Berkley. So, what is it that makes me someone who you should take advice about how to bait a hook from? Well, worms have been my “go to” fishing bait for the better part of three decades and in that time I have learned a ton of tips for hooking a worm that have made me a much more effective and efficient worm fisherman.
The following tips about how to bait a hook are being outlined in no particular order and should all be considered anytime you are baiting a hook with a worm.
- Make Sure That Your Hook or Hooks Are Sharp – The most common reason that fish are “missed” when we are fishing is due to dull fishing hooks. Now any fishing hook that is purchased from a quality manufacturer will be sharp enough out of the package, but the problems arise with hooks that have been used for an extended period of time. Catching fish, the bottom, underwater debris as well as many other factors will dull your fishing hook, which will lead to reduced hook up rates. Anytime that you bait a hook you want to make sure that your hook is as sharp as possible. A quick and easy test is to run the point of the hook along your fingernail, if it sticks it’s sharp, if it slides, your hook needs to be sharpened or changed.
- Rig The Worm “Naturally”- When learning how to bait a hook with a worm rigging that worm “naturally”, which is to say outstretched, is of the utmost importance. The more natural the worm appears to the fish that you are attempting to catch, the more effective it will be it’s as simple as that. This means that you want to avoid hooking your worm over and over again, creating what I like to call a worm ball. Rig your worm so that it appears as natural as possible in the water to the fish and you will magically get more bites.
- Lively Worms Are More Effective – When live fishing worms are being used as bait, the more “lively” they are the more effective they will be. This means that you want to keep your worms as moist and cool as possible and in a dark environment as much as you can. Remember worms are used to being in/under the ground so these are the conditions that they are used to. Dead or dying worms are not even worth baiting a hook with when you are fishing as the fish can “smell” them and will almost always shy away.
Keep these simple tips in mind anytime that you are hooking a worm for fishing and you will experience more success on the water. They have been helping me for more than twenty years and I know they will do the same for you.