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Live Fishing Bait

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

Many of Americas anglers choose to use live fishing bait. Not only do they choose to use live fishing bait, but they choose to use one particular bait more than all the others. This variety of live bait is called the worm. There are different species of worms, but the point is that when it comes to live fishing bait many anglers automatically think of the worm. And rightly so, seeing as how fish of all kinds like to eat worms and therefore bite worms. As a matter of fact, you would be hard pressed to find a freshwater fish that doesn’t eat live worms.

The interesting thing about using live worms as fishing bait is that most people use the same techniques that they did when they were children. For example, take the act of carrying your worms while fishing. Most anglers but a container of worms and then carry that container with them while fishing. This is fine, but not very efficient, and leads to worm containers being left all along our rivers and streams. Nowadays a bait bag can be employed to carry your live fishing bait (worms) while fishing. The angler simply removes the worms from their container and places them into the bait bag. Now the worms are literally at their fingertips and the need to carry containers is gone. A bait bag is a beautiful system for anyone that uses live fishing bait, especially worms. As a matter of fact a bait bag could easily be called a worm bag.

What about the act of actually fishing with worms? For many anglers this doesn’t change as they gain experience either. Most people grab a worm and thread it onto a large hook or the hook a worm over and over again, thus creating what a like to call a worm ball. This is the technique that most anglers use for fishing a live worm. And because fish like worms, it works for catching small inexperienced fish. But to present a worm in a completely natural way, not only means more fish, but also means catching bigger more experienced fish as well. How does one go about presenting a live worm in a natural manner? By using a set of gang hooks. Gang Hooks are simply two small hooks tied in tandem, and are the only way to present a live worm, as well as other live bait. Because the hooks are smaller, they are less visible to the fish, and therefore result in more bites.

If you use live fishing bait (especially worms), a set of gang hooks should be employed. Gone are the days of simply threading a worm onto a hook or creating a worm ball. Not only do worm containers not need to be left along the banks of our waterways anymore, the act of using large hooks and threading a worm onto them for bait isn’t necessary either. One of the best quotes that I ever heard about fishing was this, “anyone who does not know how to catch a fish, should not be able to disgrace a fish by catching it.” This quote goes for live fishing bait as much as it does about any fishing technique.


Trevor Kugler is co-founder of JRWfishing.com. He has more than 15 years of business experience and 25 years of fishing experience. He currently raises his 3 year old daughter in the heart of trout fishing country…..Montana.

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