Dawn Garrison Hooks May 08th, 2019 - 12:54:49
Of a unique style is the offset hooks, which have points bent either left or right (kirbed or reversed). The offset point is believed to hook faster and surer, since the point will bite any way the hook is mouthed by the fish.
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.
Setting the hook, especially aggressively, with this style hook will almost surely make the hook slide and miss initially, and oftentimes into a place where it's being firmly held by the strong grip of the sailfish and not embedded in the fleshy parts. It actually feels like you've stuck the fish well in most instances. However, a gradual tightening of the line with steady pressure almost always lets the hook find its mark. It's the same with "J" style hooks, however, the advantage in sharpness out of the box goes to today's upturned beak style hooks, and, they almost never straighten out based on the physics
The basic problem with baiting a hook with a worm is that a worms body is thin and long and a fishing hook in much smaller and shorter than the length of a worms body. This means that one of two things will happen when a fishing hook is baited with a worm; either the worm is hooked over and over again (thus creating what I refer to as a worm ball) or an attempt is made at threading the worm onto a fishing hook in an attempt to make the worm appear more lifelike. These are the two ways that fishermen have been baiting their hook with a worm since some guy who wanted to catch a fish found a live worm under a log and said to themselves, "Maybe those fish will eat this thing".
The first thing to consider when discussing any fishing hooks is their sharpness. You always want to make sure that your hooks are as sharp as possible. When hooks are purchased they are very sharp, but once they are used for a while they become dulled from baiting up, being drug along the bottom, and fish being caught. Once your fishing hooks become dull it causes you to "miss" fish. It's a good idea to change your hooks often or carry a hook sharpener to sharpen your hooks from time to time to ensure optimum sharpness. The bottom line is the sharper your hooks are the less fish you will "miss".
The key to baiting a hook in the proper manner is to think smaller. You see, when you employ smaller hooks, said hooks can be tied in tandem, thus creating a set of gang hooks. And a set of gang hooks is the best way to bait a hook. Lets take using live worms as an example. The old way of baiting a hook consisted of attempting to "thread" a worm onto a single hook that entirely too large in an effort to make said worm appear somewhat natural. Baiting a hook in this manner, although popular, usually results is smaller fish "picking" your worm to pieces without ever being hooked.