How to Bait a Fishing Hook

How to Bait a Fishing HookAn angler requires no special set of skills to bait a fishing hook. However, sometimes a strong stomach is a great asset. Live bait such as minnows, night crawlers, leeches and crayfish do not willingly jump onto the hook. The fisherman must affix the bait to the hook so that to a fish it appears natural and tempting. The experienced angler knows how to hook bait on so that it not only lures a fish into biting but also stays on the hook when the line goes into the water.


Difficulty: Moderate

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fishing hooks
  • night crawlers
  • worms
  • shiners
  • leeches
  • crayfish
Step 1
Learn how to thread a night crawler onto your hook. This type of large earthworm makes fantastic bait, with all sorts of fish from carp to bluegills glad to grab one in the water. Identify the thickest end of the worm and jab the hook into it about a half inch from its end. Guarantee that the worm will stay on while you cast by repeatedly pushing the hook through it until you secure it. In some instances, you may have to break off whatever will not fit onto the hook and use it later.
Step 2
Use a small piece of worm for schooling fish such as crappies. Avoid having the fish pull an entire worm off your hook without you snagging it by using small bits. Take a piece no larger than an inch and thread it right over the point of the hook and up the shaft. Bluegill, pumpkinseeds and crappies will have to bite close to the hook rather than grab a protruding piece of worm and yank it off the hook.
Step 3
Grab a leech by the middle and squeeze it between your fingers. Take the point of the hook and push it through either end. The leech should dangle off the hook. Cast such a presentation carefully to keep from losing the leech. Use leeches for species such as smallmouth bass.
Step 4
Hold a crayfish by the middle of its body where the tail meets the midsection. Keep your fingers away from the small pincers at the front end. Although they are not large, they can still hurt if the crayfish gets hold of you. Push the point of the hook through the bottom of the tail about halfway from where it begins to where it ends. Crayfish are excellent bass bait, especially in a river or stream setting.
Step 5
Use one of two methods to hook a shiner, minnow or small sucker. Push the hook through the bottom lip from below the jaw and bring it right through the mouth and out the top lip. You also have the option of hooking a shiner in the soft flesh at the rear of its dorsal fin. Stay away from getting too close to the back fin and aim for a place about half an inch down from the top of the back.

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