How to Tie a Worm Harness Fishing Lure

How to Tie a Worm Harness Fishing LureThe worm harness is a secret weapon of many anglers who prefer to use live worms when fishing for a variety of game fish species. Many anglers will simply hook a worm and wrap it around the hook, but most worms don't naturally form in balls. The worm harness allows the worm to be presented more as it typically appears in nature. The harness can also improve the odds of netting a fish with the addition of a second trailing hook.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Monofilament fishing line
  • Long shank bait holder hooks (size 8 or smaller)
  • Sharp scissors.
Step 1
Slide a long shank bait holder hook onto the end of your monofilament fishing line. You will need to use a length of line that is at least 2 feet long to make the harness. Pull the line through the eye of the hook and down past the bend of the hook to begin forming a knotless knot.
Step 2
Hold the line against the bend of the hook with one hand and the main line extending from the eye of the hook with the other hand. Wrap the main line around the shank of the hook and the shorter length of line eight times. Begin making the wraps just below the eye of the hook and work down the shank toward the bend of the hook.
Step 3
Hold the wraps in place and bring the main line up and through the eye of the hook the same way it originally passed through. Moisten the knotless knot and pull down tight to cinch it in place. Trim the tag end of the line so that it does not extend more than 1/2 inch below the bottom wrap around the shank of the hook.
Step 4
Slide a second hook down the main length of line to a position that will allow it and the first hook to be inserted into the worm. The distance is based on personal preference but should be about 3 inches to accommodated most worms. Repeat the process for tying a knotless knot with the second hook.
Step 5
Tie a surgeon's loop in the free end of the worm harness. This will provide a connection point for joining the harness to the main fishing line on your rod. Tie the surgeon's loop by forming a loop that is 2 to 3 inches from the free end of the line. Hold the free end along side the main line to create a doubled line. Form a larger loop with the doubled line, then wrap the smaller loop at the end of the line around and through the larger loop 2 times. Moisten the knot and pull tight. Trim the excess line from the free end of the knot with a pair of sharp scissors.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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