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Worm Fishing

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

There is probably no more popular fishing bait on the planet earth than the good old worm. Just for the record, I’m not speaking of the colorful plastic things that Bass fishermen use. No, I’m speaking of the real thing, a live worm and the best way to fish it. Some anglers believe it’s as easy as buying a Styrofoam container of worms, tying on a size 4 hook, and threading a worm onto that hook. Of course worm fishing cam be done this way (if you’re 10 years old), but an angler can get a bit more technical and learn how to present their worm naturally by employing a set of gang hooks.

Worm fishing becomes as much of an art as fly fishing when a set of gang hooks and ultra light gear are used. So what is a set of gang hooks? A set of gang hooks is simply two small hooks tied in tandem. You see, two small hooks tied in tandem allow the angler to present the worm in a completely natural way. The live worm that you’re fishing with ends up looking the same as if you just took a live worm and through it in the water. A set of gang hooks is the only way to go worm fishing, in my opinion.

So how do you get your hand on some of these gang hooks? You can buy them from somewhere like JRWfishing.com, or with a little research you can tie them yourself. If you what to tie them yourself, simply do a little knot research and you’ll be on your way. I personally like to use small hooks (size 10), but size 8 seem to work well for worm fishing as well. If the hooks are too big, the natural presentation is lost while worm fishing.

The bottom line is that if you like worm fishing, and catching more fish, gang hooks need to become a part of your fishing repertoire. My fishing mentor taught me how to use gang hooks while worm fishing, and I’ve been catching fish ever since. As I alluded to earlier, by using gang hooks and ultra light fishing gear, worm fishing becomes every bit of the art that fly fishing claims to be. Remember: You don’t have to be waving a fake flea back and forth to be considered an artist.


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