How to Use a Worm to Catch Bigger Fish

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    • 1). Place a 1/4 oz. or less sliding egg weight onto the end of the fishing line. Slide a bead onto the line below the weight.

    • 2). Attach a barrel swivel to the end of the fishing line with a Uni knot. Moisten the knot before pulling it down tight. Cut a 12 inch or longer length of monofilament fishing line from a filler spool with a pair of scissors to use as a leader. Choose a 1 lb. test for the leader that is at least the same as the main fishing line. Tie the leader to the barrel swivel with another Uni knot.

    • 3). Attach a size 2/0 or larger extra-wide gap hook to the end of the leader with a Palomar knot. Insert the point of the hook through the nose of the worm and 1/2 inch into the body. Turn the hook point down and push out the bottom of the worm. Push the worm up onto the keeper bend of the hook. Insert the point of the hook back into the worm and straighten the worm between the keeper and the hook point.

    • 4). Cast the rigged worm along structures such as brush, stumps and rocks. Allow the rigged worm to settle down through the water column and sit undisturbed as it moves with the current. Consider also fishing the rigged worm along points and in shallows during heavy feeding times as fish will pursue bait fish into shallows when feeding.

    • 5). Allow a large fish to take the soft plastic worm and turn before setting the hook. Use patience and avoid setting the hook to quickly. Raise the rod tip and reel down on the line to set the hook firmly. Maintain a tight line as the fish is played and landed.

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