Friday, May 31, 2013

Tie one on; a bait that is

   Ask anyone that fishes and chances are you'll come up with a different way to tie a bait on to go fishing.
   In fact, growing up on Lloyds Bayou in Spring Lake that's what we used to do. Grab a Dardevl or Johnson Silver Minnow, tie it direct to our line and go fishing. We did the same thing when mono or what we used to call cat gut came on the scene.
   Now you have baits that anglers feel should be tied directly to the main line. Some think a barrel swivel and a leader should be added to prevent line twist while others believe in cross locks.
   Because we're coming up on slower fishing, many will be throwing worms. This requires a different way to tie things on.
   Personally, if I'm using a large worm hook I'll tie directly to the hook, thread the worm on the hooks bend, tuck the hook point just under the worm and throw it.
   This method of fishing is slow and one that requires feel. It takes a moment or two for the bait to get to the bottom before you can start working it.
   Because it's rigged weedless or Texas style chances of hanging up are pretty slim. This kind of fishing needs to be worked very slowly with pauses every now and then.
   The other style I like is wacky worm fishing. You don't hear it talked about lately but believe me, it catches fish.
   Using a small circle hook, I'll hook about a four-inch worm in the center so the worm dangles off each side of the hook. Give that a toss and let it work it's way down and see what happens.
   You can buy wacky rubber gaskets that slip over the worm. The hook goes under the gasket or keeper and helps save the worm from getting torn up too quickly.
   Give 'em a try. One is bound to work for you.

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