The Great Outdoors

How to bait a hook with a worm

How do you stop a fish from smelling?

Cover its nose of course!


Here is a dad’s sure-fire trick to baiting your hook using worms. This method will let you keep your bait for several casts (no wriggling off) and many times even let you keep your worm after catching several fish. I think my daughter’s record is 5 fish on the same worm.

Step 1:
Before you head to your fishing spot, be sure to pick up some worms. The good news is they can be found with relative ease almost anywhere in the world with just a little digging. I usually just head on over to the local gas station (which doubles as a bait shop) and pick up a dozen or two for a few bucks. When you get to be my age, a few bucks is worth not having to strain your back with a shovel and bending over to pick up worms from the ground.

I picked up these 12 worms at the gas station for a couple of dollars

Step 2:
Hold the worm between your thumb and first finger with about an inch of it exposed. Insert the hook into the worm being sure not to go all the way though. We want to thread the worm onto the hook.

Step 3:
Continue to thread the worm all the way up the hook, covering the curved part of the hook entirely as well as part of the shaft. If you mess up while threading the worm and the point of the hook comes out of the worm, just continue to thread the worm onto the hook and re-insert the hook (it happens, some of those worms can be quite energetic and hard to hold onto).

Step 4:
I usually exit the worm with about an inch left to go. This leaves a little wriggly bit at both the top and the bottom of the hook that fish can’t seem to ignore. Be sure to push the worm down past the barb on the hook, so that it is much harder for the worm to wriggle off or a fish to take without getting the hook in its mouth.

Cast out your line and reel them in! This method of hooking a worm gives it the best chance of staying attached to your hook. Many times even after a fish is brought in, you can still use the same worm. See?

Pro Tip 1:
Keep a rag or some paper towels nearby. Hooking worms is dirty business!

Pro Tip 2:
Keep a pocket knife handy in case your worm ends up being too long. Many times I cut my worm in half and use on two different hooks.

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