IMPORTANT POINTS TO CONSIDER IF YOU WANT TO FISH WITH WORMS
When choosing your bait, there are normally two options: live bait or artificial bait. Many anglers are familiar with the use of both, but it usually depends on the type of fish you’re trying to catch. If your target calls for live worms as bait and you’ve never handled the squirmy little things, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s your basic guide on how to fish with worms.
TYPE OF WORM
The first thing you must know is how to select your worm. There are plenty of worms available, but a majority of bait shops stock earthworms, red worms and nightcrawlers. Don’t go for worms that are too thin or else you may not be able to hook them properly. Besides, if you were a fish, you’d probably want a juicier meal. Opt for thicker worms that are 4 to 8 inches in length.
CHOICE OF TACKLE
Apart from the actual bait, you must learn how to properly choose your tackle. You must have a bobber and a few light split shot weights. Most importantly, the size of the hook you select matters a lot. Go for the ones with a long shank like a live bait hook, an octopus hook or an Aberdeen hook. These are perfect for live worms. Be sure that the size of your hook matches the size of your bait.
RIGGING THE ROD
You don’t want to use a heavy or thick fishing line to go with your bait. Fish are going to easily sense the line’s presence and get spooked. For this job, opt for a lightweight fishing line, which fish won’t be able to detect. You must then secure the hook to the tag end of your fishing line by tying a clinch knot.
You’re almost ready to go. After tying the knot, position your bobber up from your hook. Make sure you leave about two to three feet of space, depending on the depth of the water. Then, attach a split shot weight to your line so that your bait won’t float all the way up to the water’s surface. You’re trying to catch fish, not birds.
WASH YOUR HANDS
Any experienced angler knows that fish have a very keen sense of smell. They might not look like it, but it’s true. They can tell when something’s not right when they smell an unnatural scent. To avoid scaring the fish away, see to it that your hands have been thoroughly cleaned before handling your bait. This is an important step when you’re trying to fish with worms. Your hands have been everywhere and have picked up scents from everything. You don’t want that to transfer to your live bait.
HOOKING YOUR BAIT
Be warned: this isn’t the time to get squeamish. To hook your bait, pierce your hook through the worm, allowing it to go through about two or three times as if you’re sewing. You don’t want your worm to look like a kebab, though, so be sure to leave a good portion of it hanging at the end to wiggle around. This motion is going to attract the fish’s attention, and you’ll hopefully get a bite.
There are hooks that allow you to attach the worm without having to kill it before you even cast your line. These hooks have a spiral or coiled shank where you can wrap the worm around. After that, you only need to snap the bar to secure it to your hook.
Using live bait can be intimidating for some anglers, but the fear is probably just all in your head. Worms are a staple in the sport, so it’s almost impossible to avoid them. You must definitely try to fish with worms the next time you take your rod and reel out for a spin. Who knows? You may even find that you like it more than synthetic worms.
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