Live the bait is the real thing! Even the most avid purists would concede that live bait, when properly presented, is one of the deadliest of all lures. Many times, however, live bait is incorrectly rammed onto a hook. When this happens, the base does not act naturally, may die quickly, and will likely turn away lockers that grew bigger by learning how to recognize food that doesn’t look right.
Live bait will only appear natural have placed on the hook correctly, and his defense and how you plan to fish it. You want, for example, for Camano behind the dorsal fin if you plan on trolling. Metals just don’t swim backwards. Let’s take a look at the popular baits and learn how to hook them.
Even though garden worms and nightcrawlers will take most species of fish, they must still be presented differently. A worm washed into a stream, for example, would drift with the current, so it should also be fish that way. Hooked at once through the collar or girdle with both ends free to drift naturally, fish it with no line drag, and let the current do the work. The worm should look strung out, bouncing along quickly through the riffles and slowly through the pools.
Using worms for panfish requires a different approach. Generally, the pan fisherman is still fishing, so natural presentation is less important. A single worm should be used in threaded about three times on the hook. If you are bothered by nibblers, is only a piece of worm threader on the hook covering the point and the barb completely.
Nightcrawlers are effective on bass, in many fisherman still fish are bass with the big worms the same way they would for panfish. Actually, bass prefer moving bait and anglers who catch more lunkers if they casted and retrieve nightcrawlers slowly along the bottom. Hook the worm by running the point of the hook into the worms head bringing the point in the barb out of an inch below the head. Rigged this way and retrieve slowly, a nightcrawler will appear to be crawling on the bottom.
Next on the list of most common live dates are the minnows, from the one inchers for panfish to the 8 inches for big fish. There are two ways of hooking a live minnow and how an angler intends to fish determines which one to use.
When trolling are fishing from a drift boat, from the hook outward through both lips of the minnow. The lip hooked minnow will move through the water on an even keel and look natural.
If you’re still fishing from an anchored boat or shoreline, hook the minnow just behind the dorsal fin. Be careful not to run the hook to deep or you will hit the spine and kill the bait. Hooked just behind the fjn, the minnow can swim freely and for a surprisingly long time. There is no hook weight near its head or tail to throw off its balance.