If you use live worms as bait when fishing, whether you are drift fishing in the flowing water of a river or stream or you are fishing in a lake under a float, the way in which you rig a worm for fishing is of the utmost importance. In this article I will outline the most effective way to rig a live worm for fishing so that the next time that you are hooking a worm for fishing and or using live fishing worms as bait you will know that you are doing it in the most effective way possible.
When most people think of hooking a worm for fishing, they think to themselves, “come on, I know how to put a worm onto a hook, what is this person talking about?” And they would be right, anyone can put a worm onto a hook, but what I’m referring to is doing it in the most effective way possible. If a live worm is rigged in the most effective way it will be much more appealing, and therefore effective, to the fish that you are attempting to catch.
Let’s begin with what a worm looks like naturally. If you take a live worm and throw it onto the ground, what does that worm look like? Does it look outstretched and long or is it rolled up into a ball like a piece of meat? A live worm appears outstretched and “wriggily” as it crawls along the ground, right? And if you picked that same worm up off of the ground and threw it into the water, it would still be outstretched and “wriggily”, correct? Well, this is why hooking a worm is so important when we are fishing.
When we are using a live worm as bait for fishing we want our worm to appear as natural as possible, which means finding a way to rig our worm so that it can be outstretched and “wriggily”, just like it is naturally. When hooking a worm for fishing most people end up creating something more akin to a “worm ball” than a properly rigged live worm and the best way to remedy this problem is through the use of something called a set of gang hooks.
Using a set of gang hooks is the best way to go about hooking a worm for fishing, because the worm is presented outstretched, the way a worm appears in nature. You see, a set of gang hooks is simply a pair of small hooks tied in tandem, which is perfect for hooking a worm in a completely natural and effective manner. There is little doubt that gang hooks are the best way to rig a live worm for fishing, no matter what the fishing scenario might be.