There is little doubt that live worms are one of the most popular and effective fishing baits that are available to anglers and in this article I will outline a few tips that you should use the next time that you bait a hook with a live worm. These live worm fishing tips should be memorized and used anytime that live worms are being used as bait.
The reason that I know this information is because live worms have been my bait of choice anytime that I am fishing in freshwater (especially if that water is a river or stream) for almost three decades and in that time the following tips have been learned through trial and error. Now, since you are reading this article, you can learn these tips on how to bait a hook in a few minutes and begin catching more fish the next time that you head out onto the water.
Don’t Use Portions That Are Too Big – When you are fishing with live worms, most times that live worm is going to be a night crawler and an entire night crawler is too large a portion for many species of freshwater fish, which is why the worm should be broken into a more manageable (or “bite sized”) portion. I like to pinch night crawlers in half and then use the second half of the worm the next time that I need to bait up. This problem can also be rectified by using a smaller species of live worm such as a red worm.
Don’t Use Hooks That Are Too Big – This is a mistake that many anglers make when they attempt to bait a hook with a live worm. What happens when the hook is too large is that the worm gets “threaded” onto the hook, making it look completely unnatural. Using any fishing hook that is larger than a size #6 when fishing with live worms of any kind is a big mistake. Instead size #8,#10, or ever #12 gang hooks should be employed.
Eliminate Human Scents From Your Hands – This might sound strange but it is nonetheless true (especially when you are attempting to catch older and more experienced fish). Many species of fish have a very keen sense of smell and can easily detect human or otherwise “unnatural” scents that are on whatever they are thinking about eating. Human scents transfer from your fingers to your live worm when you bait up and these scents will cost you bites from a percentage of fish. This is why you should always grab a handful of grass or gravel and rub it into your hands in the grass or gravel before touching your worms. Doing this will effectively “wash” your hands of any human or otherwise unnatural scents.
Keep these simple worm fishing tips in mind the next time that you bait a hook with a live worm and you will not only know hoe to bait a hook, you will also increase your bite rates exponentially.