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Secrets Of Live Worm Fishing

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

Many years ago I had the pleasure of knowing the best live worm fisherman that I’ve ever come in contact with, and through that relationship he taught me the secrets of live worm fishing. That’s right, there are secrets to live worm fishing. You probably didn’t realize this, but it’s true. Live worm fishing involves more than “balling” a live worm onto a hook and throwing said worm into the water. That is, if you want to be good at it.

If you just want to go out with a red and white bobber, container of live worms, and get these worms all wet, then this article won’t appeal to you. But, on the other hand, if you want to become a truly effective live worm angler, then this article will appeal to you. My mentor was a truly effective live worm angler, and that was because of the information in this article.

The first thing to know about fishing with live worms is that you want them to look as natural as possible when they are on the hook (s). What do worms look like in nature? Lively, outstretched, and very much alive, right? So first of all you want your live worms to be lively, and secondly you want them to be presented outstretched, they way they look in nature, when they’re being used as bait. And if this lively worms are bounced off the bottom of a river or stream, the results can be deadly.

The best way to carry your live worms while fishing is called a bait bag. A bait bag is simply a small bag that hangs off of your fishing vest or shirt and holds your live worms while fishing. In other words, you take the worms out of the container they were purchased in, and you place them into your bait bag while fishing. Only the worms are transferred, not the dirt. They don’t even crawl out, they just sit there, waiting to be used. This way your worms are always “at your fingertips” waiting to be used.


The next secret of live worm fishing is that the proper type of hooks are employed. This means using gang hooks. The only way to present live worms in the natural manner I mentioned earlier is a set of pre-tied gang hooks. Gang hooks allow you to present live worms outstretched, the way God intended, rather than all “balled up” like a piece of meat. This makes a huge difference, especially when fishing for larger and more experienced fish.

The bottom line is that these simple secrets of live worm fishing work. How am I so sure of this? Because they work for me, and have been working for years. And I know that they will work just as well for anyone else. Now, get out there and begin becoming a live worm fishing legend, like my late mentor.

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