How do I Rig Worms for Fishing?

How do I Rig Worms for Fishing?Anglers use worms as an effective bait source in freshwater and saltwater applications. Earthworms, such as night crawlers, are commonly used when fishing for bass or catfish. Saltwater anglers often employ sandworms or bloodworms. But an improperly hooked worm can easily be torn off, giving a potential catch a free dinner. Using a single hook, anglers can utilize various techniques for attaching worms. Regardless of size, a properly mounted worm may yield improved results.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Live Worms

Step 1
Hook large earthworms by piercing in two places with a single hook. Pierce the crop or collar first. This is the slightly off-color raised band found on the top third of the worm. Grasp the hanging end of the worm. Position the worm alongside the hook, tracing the hook pattern to its point. Pierce the worm again where its body meets the point.
Step 2
Hook earthworms just once for a more natural appearance by impaling the worm along the side of one end. Leave the rest of the worm to move on its own.
Step 3
Cut a small worm into pieces and attach multiple parts when using small, single hooks.
Step 4
Attach meal worms by threading from one end to the other on a single hook. Pierce the meal worm at the tip of one end and guide the hook through the length of the body until the point appears at the opposite end.
Step 5
Hook small worms by using multiple worms pierced by a single hook along the center of the body and stacked closely together.

Plastic Worms

Step 1
Attach a plastic worm to a single hook by piercing in two places. Pierce the top center of one end of the lure. Push the hook straight down the center of the hook until the first bend of the hook is reached. Draw the tip out the side of the lure by pushing the point out.
Step 2
Guide the pierced portion of the hook around the bend, up the shank to the eyelet. Completely cover the eyelet with the pierced portion of the lure.
Step 3
Hang the opposite end of the lure straight down alongside the hook. Pinch the plastic worm adjacent to the bottom of the bend in the hook. This is where the second piercing will enter the lure.
Step 4
Continue pinching while bending the plastic worm until the position immediately above where you're grasping meets the point of the hook. Pierce the worm and exit the opposite side.

Tips & Warnings

Keep your line slack while hooking worms so you don't accidentally hook yourself.

Article Written By Mike Biscoe

Mike Biscoe has been writing since 2009. Focusing on travel, sports and entertainment topics, he has credits in various online publications including LIVESTRONG.COM and Trails. He often writes articles covering uncommon travel destinations from firsthand experience. Biscoe holds a Certificate of Completion in acting from the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts.

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