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Use The Proper Technique And Start Catching More Fish

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

I’m sure most of you have heard it said that 90% of the fish are caught by 10% of the anglers, right? Much of the reason that anglers don’t catch fish is because they employ the wrong techniques. The 10% of the anglers that catch fish employ the proper techniques. I want to speak specifically of live bait fishing in this article. Live bait is one of the most effective fish catching tools mainly because live bait is what the fish are used to eating. The problem most anglers have, while live bait fishing, is their technique. For example, if you’re one of the many anglers that “thread” a worm onto a hook, creating a worm ball, you’re part of the 10% and don’t catch nearly as many fish as you should.

Fishing is about technique, and in no area of fishing is it more prevalent than when fishing with live bait. This may seem overly simplistic, but when you’re fishing with live bait you want that bait to look as natural as possible. This is obviously so that the fish thinks it’s feeding just as it normally would. When the fish thinks your offering is the same thing as it’s used to eating, this simply means that you’ll catch more fish. I don’t care what other people have told you, when live bait is fished properly, no other lure or bait will out fish it.

So the question becomes, what is the best way to fish live bait properly? The answer to that question is simple. Gang Hooks are the best way to present live bait (especially worms). Gang hooks are simply two hooks tied in tandem, and normally the hooks are smaller than you may be accustomed to using. The reason that they’re smaller is because there are two of them and with the smaller hooks the bait can be left as it naturally is. For example, try throwing a live worm into the water. What does it look like? If said worm had a set of size 10 gang hooks in it, it would look exactly the same as if it didn’t have hooks in it. That, in a nutshell, is why gang hooks are so effective. The same deal goes for minnows. Using size 10 gang hooks as an example again, if you hook the top hook through the minnows lips and leave the second hook alone, said minnow can swim around naturally as if there were no hooks.

If you want to start catching more fish, begin using gang hooks, it’s as simple as that. With a little research of fishing knots, you can tie them yourself, or you can go somewhere like JRWfishing and buy them. It makes no difference, what’s important is that you add gang hooks to your fishing techniques. You’ll be glad you did, and probably almost never use single hooks for live bait again.


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