How to Properly Put a Worm on a Hook

How to Properly Put a Worm on a Hook
Worms are one of the most popular types of bait for fish. They are inexpensive to purchase in bulk and appealing to numerous types of fish. But in order to use your worm as bait properly, you need to set it on the hook so a fish can't swipe part of it without biting the hook. There are several creative ways you can do this, and it's mostly a matter of preference.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Worm
  • Hook
Step 1
Determine whether you want to use the whole worm or only parts of it. If you want to be economical with your worm use, you can cut each worm into pieces and only use a few pieces at a time.
Step 2
Eyeball the worm and hook to determine whether the worm is about as long as the hook and can be set on the hook by skewering it. If that's the case, you can line up the worm directly with the hook's end and push it on similar to the way you would string popcorn. Continue pushing it on until you reach the end of the worm and the hook pops through or is very close to the end.
Step 3
Hook a larger worm by stringing it onto the hook in increments. Stab through the end of the worm and move it a short ways down the hook. Choose another spot roughly one-third or one-fourth down the worm (or less if it's a really big one) and stab through it again. Continue threading the worm onto the hook until you get close to the end. Leave the tail hanging freely to help attract the fish. This is effective because there is a lot of worm to attract the fish, but the fish will find it difficult to bite down onto the worm without hitting the hook.

Tips & Warnings

Always supervise children when handling a sharp hook.

Article Written By Jonathan Croswell

Jonathan Croswell has spent more than five years writing and editing for a number of newspapers and online publications, including the "Omaha World-Herald" and "New York Newsday." Croswell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Nebraska and is currently pursuing a Master's of Health and Exercise Science at Portland State University.

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