Mara Watkins Hooks May 13th, 2019 - 13:29:57
As a matter of fact, I will not go live bait fishing without multiple sets of pre-tied gang hooks. They are as much a part of my fishing repertoire as any of my fishing gear. When it comes to baiting a hook, gang hooks are the only way to go. I know, from experience, that gang hooks will out fish single hooks by a factor of at least 2 to 1. I'll take those odds every day of the week, and so should you.
With a set of gang hooks a live worm can be presented in a completely natural and outstretched manner. And since the hooks are small, many more fish are actually hooked. So, with a set of gang hooks not only is the bait (in this case a live worm) presented naturally, it's also presented in a manner in which the bait is much more effective. Gang hooks truly provide a win-win situation.
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.
Trevor Kugler is co-founder of JRWfishing a website focused on river and stream fishing with a focus on drift fishing with ultralight tackle. He has more than 25 years experience fishing for all types of fish, and has spent much of that time fishing for the beautiful fish known as trout.
Circle hooks have created a debate in the last few years between anglers who fish rivers and those who fish lakes. When using circle hooks in rivers, I haven't had much trouble fishing in good current. Although they performed well in current, fishing calm water areas such as the big reservoirs I ply for giant blue cats, the hook design gave me a bit of a problem with the hook-up ratio in the slack water. I began having hook-up problems when I fished areas with no current because the bait wasn't held straight on the hook. Full circles were oftentimes double hooking back into the chunk or live baits causing me to miss a lot of fish. What would I do when I am anchor fishing in a lake with a lot of slack in my lines due to boat sway from the wind? I went back to my old standby treble and J-style hooks for quite awhile.
CIRCLE Perhaps the best innovation in hooks to come along, circle hooks promote healthy catch and release. The design of the hook itself, when used properly, prevents fish from being hooked in the gut. Many sea anglers have a problem using these hooks because they require no hook set. If you do try to set the hook, it will generally come out of the mouth of the fish. These hooks are designed to move to the corner of the fish's mouth and set themselves as the fish swims away from you. Anglers feel a bite and simply begin reeling, slowly at first, then faster as the hook gets set.