For those of you who have never heard of the term “gang-hooks”,
it’s probably time for you to take a closer look. A set of gang
hooks is fairly simple to tie yourself, or you can buy them, the
choice is yours. What’s important is that you begin using them
for all of your live bait fishing. A set of gang hooks is, by
far, the most natural way to present a worm.
Gang hooks are simply two small hooks tied in tandem. Hooks that
are probably much smaller than you may be accustomed to. I
personally prefer size 10 hooks. My preference is 2 size 10
hooks tied on four pound test. And I catch BIG fish with a setup
that’s this size. I consistently catch Smallmouth Bass up and
Rainbow Trout up to five or six pounds on gang hooks setups
exactly that size.
The only downfall to a gang hook setup is that some state
regulations don’t allow them. So check your state regulations
before fishing with gang hooks. I know from experience that in
Montana and Pennsylvania gang hooks are perfectly legal. Check
your local regulations before using them though, just to be
So how do you get a hold of gang hooks? There are two ways.
First you can do a little research on knots, and tie them
yourself. His is obviously the most inexpensive way. Research
the “Snell knot”. The other way to get a hold of gang hooks is
to just buy them. Go somewhere like JRWfishing and you’ll be
good to go. My theory has always been, that you can make a
hamburger yourself to save money or you can just go to
McDonald’s and pick one up. The choice is yours.
The bottom line is that if you begin employing gang hooks into
your live bait fishing, you’ll simply catch more fish. The
natural presentation that gang hooks provide can’t be beat. The
days of the “worm ball” and threading a worm onto a hook are
gone the moment you begin using gang hooks. With gang hooks, you
simply hook the head on the worm into the top hook, the hook the
second hook into the worms’ body. Now your worm is rigged and
looks exactly like it would if there were no hooks at all. It’s
a beautiful thing. Give gang hooks a shot, I promise that you
won’t be disappointed.
About the author:
Trevor Kugler is co-founder of JRWfishing.com and an avid
angler. He has more than 20 years experience fishing for all
types of fish, and 15 years of business and internet experience.
He currently raises his three year old daughter in the heart of
trout fishing country…..Montana!