For those of you who fish with worms (especially in freshwater fishing scenarios) you need to be aware of the most effective way to rig your worms for fishing. When it comes to rigging a worm for fishing most anglers make some huge mistakes that need to be avoided. This article will outline some of these mistakes and the easy ways in which they can be avoided. The first mistake that many fishermen make is attempting to “thread” their worm onto a single fishing hook, creating what I like to call “a worm ball”.
This is one of the biggest mistakes that fishermen make and is not at all the way of rigging a worm effectively for freshwater fishing. Bait rigs, and more importantly the right bait rig is the best way to accomplish this seemingly simple task.
Bait rigs are really quite simple. They are two or three traditional hooks tied in tandem, thus creating a “rig”. Some bait rigs, especially when used for fishing for freshwater species such as walleye or salmon, are also outfitted with spinners and beads for added color and/or flash to attract a fish’s attention. The best aspect that bait rigs and rigging a worm effectively offers is that with more than one fishing hook (many times two) a worm can be presented outstretched, the way it appears in nature, which makes the worm much more appealing to the fish you are attempting to catch.
The simplest and probably most effective bait rig for anyone who fishes for species of fish such as trout, large and smallmouth bass and even walleye is called a set of gang hooks. These unique fishing hooks are simply a pair of small hooks tied in tandem and attached to your line using a small barrel swivel. A worm is rigged onto these bait rigs (after being pinched in half if the worm is large) and fished the way that you normally would with the biggest difference being the number of bites and hook ups you receive. There is no doubt that gang hooks are one of the best ways for rigging a worm effectively for freshwater fishing.
Nowhere is this truer than when fishing while wading in the flowing water of a river or stream. This is where these bait rigs truly show there effectiveness. A live worm rigged on a set of gang hooks and then drifted through a nice looking river pool or run is an incredibly effective fishing technique. As a matter of fact this could very well become your “go to” technique when it comes to fishing for species of fish such as trout and smallmouth bass.
The bottom line is that if you are interested in rigging a worm effectively for freshwater fishing, bait rigs are the way to go. Whether you are back trolling slowly for walleye or drift fishing a small river packed with trout, bait rigs are the way to rig a live worm in the most effective mann