This might sound like a strange title for an article, but it generally seems to me that most people don’t realize ‘how to bait a hook’. Of course they can “thread” a earthworm or mold some man made bait onto a single hook, but is this really the best way to bait a hook? No it’s not, it’s just the way baiting a hook has been done for eons kocuce. The funny thing is that doing the way things have invariably been done, is rarely the best way to do something, and baiting a hook is no different.
The key to baiting a hook in the proper manner is to think smaller. You see, when you employ smaller hooks, said hooks can be tied in tandem, thus creating some team hooks. And some team hooks is the best way to bait a hook. Lets take using live red worms as an example. The old way of baiting a hook contained attempting to “thread” a earthworm onto a single hook that entirely too large so that you can make said earthworm appear somewhat natural. Baiting a hook this way, although popular, usually results is smaller fish “picking” your earthworm to pieces without ever being connected.
With some team hooks a live earthworm can be presented in a completely natural and outstretched manner. And since the hooks are small, many more fish are actually connected. So, with some team hooks not only is the bait (in this case a live worm) presented naturally, it’s also presented in a manner in which the bait is much more effective. Team hooks truly provide a win-win situation.
The bottom line is if you want to know how to bait a hook, I am talking about really bait a hook, the answer is with the use of team hooks. The real way to bait a hook is with smaller hooks, and not only that but use two of them as well. The team hook system was taught to me more than two decades ago by a trout fishing master, and I’ve personally used them ever since.
As a matter of fact, I will not go live bait fishing without multiple sets of pre-tied team hooks. They are as much a part of my fishing repertoire as any of my fishing gear. When it comes to baiting a hook, team hooks are the only way to go. I know, from experience, that team hooks will out fish single hooks by a factor of at least 2 to 1. I’ll take those chances every day of the week, and so should you.