How to Put a Hook in a Rubber Worm

How to Put a Hook in a Rubber WormRubber worms don't have the alluring taste of live worms, but they have a distinct advantage over live bait when it comes to color. Choose the right shade of rubber worm given the waters you are fishing in, improving your chances of catching a fish. While you normally don't want too much of a live worm hanging freely off a hook, with rubber worms you have more freedom because the worm will be too tough for the fish to bite or tear away from the hook without biting down on the hook itself. The most popular method for hooking rubber worms is known as the Texas rig.


Difficulty: Moderate

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Rubber worm
  • Hook
Step 1
Insert the hook through the middle of the worm about 3/8- to 1/2-inch down from the head. Get this as close to the center of the worm as possible--otherwise it will be easier for the rubber on one side of the hook to tear, resulting in the loss of your rubber worm.
Step 2
Push the hook all the way through the worm's body.
Step 3
Insert the hook back into the body of the worm. Make sure to do this in a way so that when a line is drawn from the two punctures in the worm, the line runs parallel to the worm's body. This will help the worm travel straight through the water and make the hook less noticeable. Push the tip of the hook deep into the worm but do not penetrate the other side.This hides the barb at the tip of the hook so that a fish will bite down on it unexpectedly.

Tips & Warnings

Make sure the end of the hook tied to the line stays close to the puncture the entire hook was pushed through. The closer it remains to this hole, the less conspicuous it will look to fish.
Bullet sinkers attached just in front of the hook can help provide some realistic motion to your worm's movements in the water. It's one of the most popular sinkers used with rubber worms, particularly when trolling.
Remember to place a bullet sinker onto the line before you tie the 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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