Elvia Roberson Hooks May 15th, 2019 - 13:22:53
While fish can obviously be caught and continue to be caught by using either of the methods of baiting a hook outlined above, the truth of the matter is that there is a better, more effective way. It involves using a second fishing hook and it is a method that I was taught for using a worm as bait many years ago by my fishing mentor. This man simply modified and downsized a rig that he had used while fishing in the ocean and created something he liked to call a set of gang hooks.
These hooks can be used in any type of fishing situation where a worm will be used as bait such as; drift fishing, fishing on the bottom, or while even suspending a worm under a float. The bottom line is that because a worm is thin and long the only way to hook a worm where that worm appears to the fish as it should in nature is to use a set of gang hooks. The second hook also tends to act as a safety net when the fish are biting the second half of the worm, rather than the top where the first hook is. In normal situations when a fish does this they steal you worm. But with a set of gang hooks these "short striking" fish get hooked. In any case if you want to know how to bait a hook with a worm, the answer is as simple as adding a second hook to the equation and using what my mentor referred to as a set of gang hooks.
The O'Shaughnessy style is deemed the best all-purpose type, and many variations are available. This style has a small eye turned perpendicular to the bend and point, and with the shank bent a little forward. Variations include the baitholder, with the small points at the shank to hold the soft bait; and snelled hooks with turned-in or -out eyes, sold with short leaders already tied. Weedless hooks are those with a short piece of wire from the eye to the point, to ward off weeds and other water debris from lodging in the hook bend or point. Weedless hooks are mostly used in fishing water with thick vegetation, either with bait or as flyhook. Many hooks can be rigged weedless, though.
A set of gang hooks is just a pair of fishing hooks that are tied back to back, which enables a worm to be hooked once in the head then hooked I bit farther down the body with a second hook, which results in a much more natural and realistic presentation than either of the previously mentioned methods. There is no doubt that a set of gang hooks is the best way to with a worm. The fishing hooks that are used to make a set of gang hooks are generally much smaller than you might be used to (size #6, #8, or #10) and this is because you want the shank of the hook itself to be as concealed as possible to the fish that you are attempting to catch.
The size breakdown from smallest to largest looks like this: 32, 30, 28, 26, 24, 22, 20, 18, 16, 14, 12, 11, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2, 1, 1/0, 2/0, 3/0, 4/0, 5/0, 6/0, 7/0, 8/0, 9/0, 10/0, 11/0, 12/0, 13/0, 14/0, 15/0, 16/0, 17/0, 18/0, and 19/0.
I've been fishing for trout for more than 20 years and have learned how important my hooks are to trout fishing. When I was a rookie trout fisherman, just beginning to learn the ropes so to speak, I was introduced to gang hooks. I'll discuss gang hooks later in this article, but this fishing hook configuration changed the way I looked at trout fishing hooks forever.