If you are new to the world of fishing or are just new to the world of fishing with live worms, it’s important that you “get off on the right foot” so to speak, which is exactly what this article will attempt to accomplish for you. As a person who has been utilizing live fishing worms as his bait of choice for more than two decades, I think I have a little expertise on the subject of fishing with live worms that you might find valuable. If you take a few minutes to read this article you will learn how to fish with live worms in a manner that will serve you well in all of your fishing endeavors.
On its surface, fishing with live worms obviously isn’t all that tough of a concept to wrap your head around; I mean you just impale a worm onto a fishing hook and you’re good to go, right? Well, for a majority of anglers, yes that’s right, but the issue with this is that using live fishing worms in this manner isn’t as efficient or as effective as it should be.
When I was beginning my fishing “career” almost three decades ago, I was introduced to a few concepts relating to fishing with live worms that have stuck with me to this very day. The man who introduced me to these concepts was renowned throughout the area of Central Pennsylvania where I grew up, as being a river and stream fishing master of sorts, all while using live fishing worms as his bait of choice. Learning how to fish with live worms from this man was something I consider to be a blessing as I move throughout my fishing life.
First of all this man believed in using ultralight rods and reels, along with very light fishing line anytime that he was fishing in the rivers and streams throughout the area where I grew up. Whether he was fishing for walleye, trout, or smallmouth bass, he believed that using ultralight gear made the fishing much more sporting, as well as effective, and this is a practice that I continue to use myself. He found that by using lighter the gear and line, there was more focus on the bait, which worked to his advantage in the case of live fishing worms.
The next thing that this man introduced me two was a couple of new ways of thinking about the live worms that I was using as bait. First the way that I carried my worms on the water and second the way in which I rigged my worms. Let’s start with the way in which worms are carried. I always just put a container of worms in my pocket or just carried the container in my fishing vest. This man fashioned a small pouch, which he referred to as a bait bag, that hung from his fishing vest and carried his live fishing worms. This way his worms were always hanging right there where he needed them, making baiting up and re-baiting a snap. I remember the first time I used one of these bait bags, and I immediately thought to myself, “what a great idea”.
As far as rigging his live worms, rather than attempting to thread a worm onto a single fishing hook or wrapping said worm around a hook, this man created what he referred to as a set of gang hooks. A set of gang hooks is a pair of small fishing hooks tied in tandem, that enables a live fishing worm to be presented in an outstretched and natural manner, which makes them much more effective as bait. When I tried gang hooks for the first time, I had the same reaction that I had to the bait bag.
All of these concepts, while simple, are some of the best concepts that I’ve ever come across when it comes to learning how to fish with live worms, and I’m sure that they will serve you as well as they have me and help you catch more fish