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Worm Fishing - Tips For Successful Angling

For me there has never been a better way to catch fish, especially in the current of small rivers and streams, than worm fishing. As you can probably tell this article isn't about the worm fishing that bass anglers engage in, but rather traditional worm fishing with as Hank Hill once called them good old American worms. As a matter of fact there have been some breakthroughs in technology and Berkley makes Powerbait and Gulp worms that are every bit as effective as real worms. This article is about worm fishing with either live or synthetic worms such as Gulp night crawlers.

In this article you will learn some great tips for successful angling with worms. These tips were both taught to me by my fishing mentor (the best worm angler I've ever known) and learned through personal experience over the last 25 years of fishing. These tips are effective and they will make anyone a much more successful angler.

Most of these tips are best employed in the flowing waters of either small rivers or streams, although they can be easily modified for most any worm fishing situation. Remember there is no tip as effective as spending time on the water practicing your craft. Spending time fishing is the best way to learn to catch more fish, and these tips will most certainly help as well.

  1. Deep Water Is Your Friend - In any small river or stream there will be a series of riffles (shallow water), runs (deeper flowing water), and pools(the deepest water with least current). Most fish will be found in deeper water most of the time. This isn't always the case, but it's a good rule to start with. The deeper flowing water of runs are a great place to fish with worms as bait.
  2. Bottom Is Your Friend - When worm fishing you will have the most success when your worm is bouncing along the bottom naturally, with the current. The best way to accomplish this is to attach your hooks to your line using a small barrel swivel and use small slit shot sinkers as weight. Split shot are then added or removed depending on the depth of the water and current flow to keep your offering bouncing along the bottom.
  3. Gang Hooks Are Your Friend - When worm fishing one of the most important points is that your bait look as natural as possible. You want your worm to look like, well a worm, and this is accomplished through the use of gang hooks. Gang hooks are simply a pair of small hooks tied in tandem which enable worms to be presented in an outstretched and natural manner.
  4. Clean Hands Are Your Friend - Any scents that are on your hands will transfer to your worm and cost you bites. This is especially true with larger, more experienced fish. For this reason you want to make sure that your hands are free from any unnatural scents. This can be accomplished either by using odor neutralizing soap or by rubbing your hands in a handful of grass or dirt before baiting up. Clean hands make a difference when worm fishing.


Use one or all of these tips sooner rather than later and you will become a much more successful worm angler. Worm fishing is every bit the 'art form' that other forms of fishing have been proclaimed to be if you take it seriously. You can become a master worm fisherman, just like you can become a master painter. All that's necessary is practice and determination.

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Posted On: 04/11/2009 11:02 AM
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