Made of plastic or soft rubber, some even come scented and mimic the look of night crawlers, worms, frogs, leeches, fish eggs, and other small creatures.
Many, many anglers use live fishing worms for bait while fishing and with good reason. Live worms are one of, if not the most, popular fishing baits on the planet. Not only are this wriggly little creature readily available to most anglers, they are also as effective a bait as there is when it comes to the act of attempting to catch fish. Even people with little to no fishing knowledge know that worms are a "go to" bait when it comes to fishing.
Worms were this mans bait of choice and I quickly found out that this man knew how to bait a hook using worms in a simple, yet innovative way in which I had never seen before. He utilized what he called gang hooks anytime that he was using worms as bait. These hooks were simply a pair of fishing hooks with an interesting arrangement. He tied are a pair of small fishing hooks (usually size #6, #8, or #10) back to back with an inch or so of space between them on a twelve to 24 inch leader. This created what this man referred to as "a set of gang hooks" and is, without question, how to bait a hook using worms.
To this day, I continue to use these unique fishing hooks anytime that I am hooking a worm for fishing. While this method of hooking a worm works any time a live fishing worm is being utilized as bait, I have always found the setup to be particularly effective when drift fishing in medium-sized rivers or anytime that I am fishing with worms under a float.
As you are more than likely aware, worms are an effective bait for most any species of freshwater fish including; large and small-mouthed bass, panfish, walleye, rainbow trout, brook trout, and brown trout just to name a few. Anytime that you are attempting to catch any of these species with worms gang hooks are the most effective and realistic way of hooking a worm for fishing and are without a doubt how to bait a hook (or should I say hooks) when you are using worms as bait while fishing.
When choosing which plastic lure to use, you need to consider the conditions you're fishing under, such as, water clarity, cover, temperature, sky conditions.
You also want to know what the fish are feeding on and try to imitate it. Why fish a 10-inch worm if the fish are feeding on 3-inch shad? If the water is clear fish smaller lures with less action. The fish feed by sight more than sound in these conditions.
In stained water, fish with baits that have action, where the legs and tails are moving. Also, worms with swimming tails are good too. But if you do not have these lures at hand, you can make a custom skirt out of plastic worms by cutting, splitting the worm at the end about an inch (depending on the size of the worm) into 4 to 6 strips.
In cold water use tubes and straight tailed worms that glide. Try a light color lure in clear skies and clear water, and a dark color lure in stained water and around dark. They make a better shadow than light-colored lures.
Smaller lures will produce a lot more strikes but larger lures will usually catch more quality fish.
We all have a lure that is our favorite and it's hard not to use it at every lake. But if you want to catch fish consistently, then you need to fish the right lure for the conditions.