How To Bait a Hook

Knowing how to bait a hook is important when fishing with live bait. Live bait includes worms, grasshoppers, crickets, beetles, meal worms, grubs, minnows, crayfish and shrimp. 

Step 1

Baiting the hook with a live worm can happen three ways. Thread the worm lengthwise down the hook, hook the worm through the sides over and over and use a tandem set up with two hooks and hook the shortest one through the side of the worm about 1/3 of the way down then hook the next one through the side 2/3 of the way down the worm, keeping the worm straight.

Step 2

Baiting the hook with a live insect such as a grasshopper, cricket or beetle can be done one of two ways. First is to run the hook through the insect's abdomen and the second is to wrap the insect on the hook with a fine, flexible wire.

Step 3

Baiting the hook with a live meal worm or grub can be done by running the hook through the meal worm or grub lengthwise or by running the hook through many meal worms or grubs side ways.

Step 4

Baiting the hook with a live minnow can be done by running the hook through the minnow's lips with the point up, by running the hook through the minnow's back without touching its spine or by running the hook through the minnow's tail.

Step 5

Baiting the hook with a live crayfish can be done by running the hook through the crayfish body, or running the hook through the part of the tail that is meaty or even by cutting the tail off and using it as bait.

Step 6

Baiting the hook with a live shrimp can be done by running the hook through the tail of a small shrimp or the body of a large shrimp.


Fishing with live bait is a fun type of fishing. Knowing how to bait the hook with live bait is an important aspect of this type of fishing because if it is done incorrectly, the bait will not stay on the hook or it will not perform as needed to attract fish.

 

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