Monday, July 13, 2009, 01:13 AM - Live BaitOne of the best baits for fishing is the red worm and in this article I'm going to provide some tips for fishing with red worms that will make you a much more effective angler. I was introduces to the red worm by my fishing mentor in central Pennsylvania. Before being introduced to red worms I always used night crawlers for fishing. My mentor enlightened me to the fact that these worms can be much better bait than night crawlers for fishing, especially in certain situations.
This type of worm is much smaller than their night crawling cousins, who many times have to be pinched in half to use effectively as fishing bait. At the end of the day a red worm look just like a baby night crawler and is much more effective as fishing bait, especially when fishing in rivers and streams.
When fishing with red worms it's important to use gang hooks to rig them effectively. This way your red worms can be presented outstretched, they way God intended. Gang hooks are a pair of small hooks tied in tandem, and when fishing with red worm's size 8 or 10 gang hooks should always be used. Truth be told, with red worms size 10 should usually be employed. Size 10 hooks are small enough to be hidden by the worms body yet aren't detectable to the fish. If you think size 10 hooks are too small to catch large fish, consider the fact that I personally hook and land 3-5 pound trout and smallmouth bass on size 10 gang hooks.
Fishing with red worms obviously also involves carrying your worms with you, and having an effective way to accomplish this task is also important. Having an effective way to carry your red worms is especially important to the river/stream angler. Just throwing the Styrofoam container in your fishing vest will work, but having an effective red worm carrier is a big plus.
An effective worm carrier keeps your worms within easy reach, while still keeping your hands free for fishing. This way your worms are always at your fingertips and you know exactly where they are at all times. The most effective worm carrier that I've ever come across is the JRW bait bag. This is simply a small pouch that clips to your fishing vest, shirt, or pants and carries your live worms while fishing. The use of a bait bag is a must for anyone that's fishing with red worms.
My favorite place to use red worms for fishing is in the flowing waters of rivers and/or streams. Allowing a red worm to flow naturally with the current, as it rolls along the bottom, is an extremely effective fishing technique. This technique is effective for trout, bass, and walleye. Heck, it's effective for any fish that swims in the current of your favorite river or stream. The bottom line is that fishing with these worms can be much more effective than fishing with other worm species.
By: Trevor Kugler
Trevor Kugler is co-founder of JRWfishing.com and an avid angler. He has more than 25 years experience fishing for all types of fish, and 15 years of business and internet experience. He currently raises his five year old daughter in the heart of trout fishing country. Gang Hooks Tied & Ready To Fish: http://www.jrwfishing.com/gang_hooks.asp