The very first time that you went fishing, what did you use to catch fish? I mean way back, when you were a kid, what did you used to use to catch fish? More than likely a live worm. Everyone knows that live worms are a great way to catch fish. The problem is that many anglers either stop fishing with worms after the age of 12 or continue to fish in the same manner that they did when they were 12 for the rest of their lives. This makes no sense to me, we don’t do anything in our lives in the same manner as we did when we were kids, except of course the way we fish a live worm!
Most people tie on a large hook (size 4 or bigger) and then attempt to “thread” a live worm onto that hook. Either that or they simply hook the worm over and over again, thus creating what I like to call a “worm ball”. You see, this is fine when you’re a kid, because you don’t know any better, and aren’t really “fishing” anyway. When you’re a kid, you’re just trying to catch a fish.
Now that we’re all adults, we need to begin fishing live worms properly. What’s properly? Properly is making that live worm look as natural as possible. In order to consistently catch fish, and more importantly to catch trophy fish, a live worm needs to be presented naturally. Your worm needs to look as if you simply threw it in the water. Do you honestly think that a worm ball or a worm that’s been threaded on a size 4 hook looks natural?
The most effective way to present a live worm naturally is through the use of gang hooks. What are gang hooks? A set of gang hooks is simply 2 small hooks ties in tandem. A set of pre-tied gang hooks enables the angler to present a live worm in a completely natural manner. When rigged on a set of gang hooks, a live worm looks the same as it does without any hooks in it! This is an incredibly big advantage to the angler. Not only that, but the fact that there are 2 hooks effectively doubles your caches of a hook set!
When it comes to live worm fishing, gang hooks are the only way to go. If you fish with live worms, a set of gang hooks will literally help you catch more fish. You don’t watch the same movies as you did when you were a kid, so why fish a live worm in the same way?