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Do You Fish With Live Worms? Then Take A Minute And Read This Article

by Pursue The Outdoors on November 30th, 1999 in General Fishing

Many anglers use live worms for bait, but don’t understand some basic premises that will enable them to catch more fish while using said live worms. It seems that we have all been taught throughout the years that the only way to use a live worm as bait is to attempt to “thread” that worm onto a hook and then leave a portion of the worm hanging off of the hook to make it look more realistic. The problem with this method, which most anglers seem to use, is that the live worm ends up looking more like a worm ball than anything else. This isn’t at all realistic, and costs the average angler a lot of fish.

So, what’s the answer to this problem? The answer is really quite simple, it just involves thinking outside the box a little bit. Over 25 years ago my fishing mentor JRW discovered the solution to this problem, and since he taught me that solution, I’ve never fished with live worms the same again. The answer to this problem is called a set of gang hooks. What’s a set of gang hooks? A set of gang hooks is simply a pair of small hooks, tied in tandem, thus enabling live bait (and especially live worms) to be presented in a completely natural and realistic manner.

Since I was taught about gang hooks more than 20 years ago, I haven’t used any other method for presenting live worms as bait. As a matter of fact, when I go river or stream fishing, I won’t even go if gang hooks and live worms aren’t involved. If I’m fishing in a river or stream, all I really need are gang hooks, live worms (carried in a bait bag), small barrel swivels (for attaching the gang hooks to my line), and split shot sinker (for weight). That’s it. That’s it, that’s all I’ve needed for most of my river and stream fishing for more than 20 years.

I’m not writing this article to be in any way braggadocios. Quite the contrary, I just want to share with you what has been so effective for me. Gang hooks work. I know they work because I’ve been using them successfully for more than 20 years. As far as I’m concerned, single hooks shouldn’t be used for fishing with live worms. A single hook simply doesn’t allow a live worm to be presented in a natural manner. If you want to catch more fish and start presenting live worms in the manner that God intended (outstretched), then either begin tying gang hooks yourself or purchase them ‘ready to fish’. The important thing is that you begin using gang hooks sooner, rather than later.


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