How to Hook Into Soft Bait for Fishing

How to Hook Into Soft Bait for Fishing
Plenty of anglers swear by the success they have with soft plastic baits, all of which are imitations of some sort of creature that fish might happen upon in their environment. Soft baits resembling crayfish, worms, frogs and lizards are popular because anglers can present them as natural, making hungry fish strike. Hooking these baits so that you can fish them efficiently involves an easy-to-learn technique that anglers refer to as a Texas rig.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Rod and reel
  • Offset worm hooks
  • Soft creature baits
 
Step 1
Look at your soft bait and choose the correct end to insert the hook. Hook baits such as crayfish through their tail end, but baits such as lizards, worms and frogs through their heads. This makes them look more realistic as you reel them through the water.
Step 2
Hold the offset worm hook in one hand and the soft plastic bait in the other. Position the end for the hook between your fingers. Push the hook's point into the soft bait and bring it out after it penetrates about 1/3 of an inch from where it entered.
Step 3
Slide the soft bait up the shaft of the offset hook until you reach the place near the eye with a bend. This is the offset part of the hook, where the hook offsets from the eye with a pair of 90-degree bends. Push the bait past the first bend and then past the second bend so that it is up near the eye. By pushing it past the bends, the shaft will hold that end of the soft bait in position on the hook. You can push the bait far enough up so that its "head" or "tail" covers the hook's eye.
Step 4
Turn the bait so that its "belly" faces the point of the hook. Allow the bait to dangle freely, held in place by the offset portion of the hook.
Step 5
Line up the bait with the point of the hook so that when you push the point into its middle, the soft bait will be as straight as possible as it hangs down. Take the point of the offset hook and push it through the middle area on the soft bait, stopping just short of pushing it all the way through the bait. By not coming out the other side of the bait, you now have a presentation that you can fish around logs, brush, vegetation and boulders without an exposed hook point snagging.
 

Tips & Warnings

 
You can use worm weights--small weights shaped like a bullet with a hole though them--to keep your presentation down in the water. Just slide the worm weight on the fishing line, with the cone-shaped end facing away from the end of the line, before tying the offset hook on the line.

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