Bigger Worms-Bigger Fish
It is a common saying that the big worm will catch the big fish. There appears to be little if anything in this, but a worm that is just the right size to cover the hook when properly impaled, without crowding, is the right size, and as a rule any fish will take it, large or small. But there is a right way and a wrong way of baiting, and the way the hook is baited has much to do with its success. The best way is to stick the point of the hook into the worm about an inch or. a little less from one end, taking enough hold to keep it from being torn out easily, then run the hook through the middle, and into the body near the other end, stripping it over the point of the hook a short distance so that it will stay and cover the hook, but also leave an inch of the end loose to wriggle. The point of the hook must be kept hidden for certain fish, especially for trout, for you will not catch many trout when the point of the hook shows, unless the water is swift, or the bait is kept in rapid motion. For other large mouthed fish, that take the entire bait and hook it may not matter so much. Always use a whole worm for a bait, and never more than one; also be sure to remove all little pieces of former baits. Worms are best carried in a bait box attached to a belt.
Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.
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