How to Hook a Cricket Fishing Bait

How to Hook a Cricket Fishing BaitCrickets are a popular bait used in fishing, particularly panfish. If they are a part of the local ecosystem, fish will recognize them as prey. You can catch crickets on your own or buy a handful from a bait shop for just a couple bucks, making them a cheap, effective form of live bait. The trick to using live crickets is getting them onto the hook the right way.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Cricket
  • Hook
  • Split shot
  • Bobber
Step 1
Pinch the cricket on the sides between your thumb and index finger. Don't worry about injuring the legs.
Step 2
Insert the hook into the cricket's back just behind the head.
Step 3
Thread the hook so that the end comes out the cricket's back.
Step 4
Use your smallest split shot and a bobber or pencil float to dangle the cricket in the water.

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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