Using worms as bait is something that every fisherman has done at one time or another, yet most fishermen go about rigging a worm for fishing in entirely the wrong way. Using worms as bait is something that I have been doing for more than twenty years and I consider fishing with worms to be as much an “art form” as other forms of fishing proclaim themselves to be.
One of the things that make me consider the way I fish with worms to be an “art form” is the fact that I prefer to use ultra light spinning gear and very light fishing line (four pound test most of the time). The second reason is the manner is which I go about rigging a worm for fishing. Most anglers simply hook a worm onto a hook and call it good or attempt to “thread” the worm onto their hook when they use worms for fishing. While these methods will catch fish, they are no way to go about using worms as bait, especially if you are interested in catching larger, more experienced fish.
When you are rigging a worm for fishing there a a couple of important points that need to be remembered. Number one you want the fishing line that’s closest to the fish to be as light as possible. Many fishermen tend to use fishing line that’s entirely too heavy when fishing with worms (or any other form of bait). And secondly (and probably most importantly) you want your worm to appear as natural as possible to the fish you are trying to catch.
You see, when you hook a worm onto a single hook, either by hooking it over and over again or by “threading” it onto a single hook, you end up creating something that is far from natural looking. As a matter of fact many times you end up creating what I like to call a “worm ball”. While this may be effective for small and inexperienced fish, this way of using worms as bait isn’t in any way the most effective way to accomplish the task.
The best and most effective way of rigging a worm for fishing is a set of gang hooks. Gang hooks are simply a pair of small hooks that have been tied back to back, allowing a worm to be rigged in an outstretched and natural manner. This way of rigging a worm is the best way to go about using worms as bait, there’s no doubt about it.
I prefer to use worms as bait when fishing in the flowing water or a river or stream, but this method of rigging a worm can be used anywhere that you use a worm as bait, such as under a float, on the bottom, or even while trolling. The bottom line is that when it comes to rigging a worm for fishing, gang hooks are a must have item item. After you use gang hooks once, you’ll wonder how you ever went fishing with worm without using them.