Gabrielle Lawrence Hooks May 01st, 2019 - 12:39:35
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 bottom line is if you want to know how to bait a hook, I mean really bait a hook, the answer is through the use of gang hooks. The real way to bait a hook is to use smaller hooks, and not only that but use two of them as well. The gang hook system was taught to me more than twenty years ago by a trout fishing master, and I've personally used them ever since.
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
So you are ready to bait your hook. It sounds very easy but are you really baiting your hook correctly? Below are some common bait varieties and suggested ways to apply them to your hook.
Round hooks. These are the egg hooks and tuna circle hooks. The egg hook is a small short-shanked hook with a turned-out or turned-in eye almost exclusively used in river or lake fishing for trout using salmon egg as bait. Since salmon eggs bounce along the river bottom as they drift with the current, egg hooks are used so as not to impair this movement and impart an unnatural look to the bait eggs.
The plastic hooks are very advantageous in the fact that some types of wool will get caught on a hook, so if you tend to use a plastic hook, they will never get caught up in the wool (The plastic is smooth enabling you never to snag on your wool as you are pulling your wool through for the next stitch.). Plastic hooks are easier to come by, but sometimes plastic is not the answer. Plastic is also more inexpensive to purchase than the steel hooks, but to me, I prefer the steel hooks, so am willing to pay the bit extra to get what I want.