Ask anyone what the best bait to use when you are fishing is and the answer will inevitably come back, worms. Live worms have been known as an effective bait for fishing for here as long as catching fish has been something that human beings engage in, and in this article I will list 3 rules that will help virtually anyone catch more fish when using worms as bait.
I have been fishing with live worms for more than two decades and was taught how to fish with these wriggly creatures by a man who took the act of live worm fishing quite seriously. To him, using worms as bait wasn’t about threading a worm onto a hook, throwing it into the water, and waiting for a fish to bite. He took the act much more seriously, developing techniques that enabled him to use this popular fishing bait in a much more effective and efficient manner that other fisherman.
He taught me these techniques and the information has served me well for many years. The techniques were born from the following 3 rules, which I’m sure will serve you well the next time that you head out to go fishing with live worms.Your Worms Must Be Lively – When using live worms as bait your worms need to as lively as possible. This means storing them in a cool, dark, and moist environment when they are not being used. This way when they are rigged up, the worms will be wriggling and lively, which makes the fish that you are attempting to catch much more apt to bite your offering.
Your Worms Must Be Rigged Properly – To many anglers rigging a live worm means, “threading” a worm onto a hook and leaving a portion of the worm unhooked in an attempt to make it look “natural”. This is a mistake and causes anglers to catch many less fish than they should. The person who I learned from believed that when fishing with live worms the worm should be rigged in an outstretched manner, the way that a worm actually appears when you look at it. He was correct, and by doing this you will increase your bite rates exponentially.
Your Worms Must Smell Like Worms – I realize that this rule may sound strange, but it is nonetheless important. Many species of fish have a very keen sense of smell and can detect “unnatural” scents in the water or on their next meal very easily and when they detect any unnatural scents on their next meal they will tend not to eat it. This means that you want to make sure that your hands a free of any unnatural scents before touching your live worms, as these scents will transfer to your worm and cost you bites. Always do your best to make sure that your worms smell like worms to the fish that you are trying to catch.