Three tips to hooking minnow

If you know anything about fishing, you probably know that the most popular bait used by fishermen all over the globe is minnows. This bait is so popular because they’re a natural food source for fish and most species are attracted to them.

This is usually one of the first live baits used by anglers along with worms. They’re easy to use and very affordable. You have the option of buying them but if you prefer, you can catch them yourself instead.

Catching your own minnows will have several advantages that you won’t get if you buy your bait. For example, your minnows will always be fresh so they’ll last longer. Bait caught from the environment in which you’re fishing will usually be more effective because the fish are familiar with it and the scent it has. Areas where the minnows are plentiful are usually great places to fish because most species will stay close to their food source.

One of the great things about using minnows is that you can fish with live or dead ones depending on which species you’re seeking out. However, the live minnows will normally yield the best results and are recommended for most species so, keep this in mind.

When fishing with minnows, it’s important to make sure you hook them correctly. This is the only way that you’ll be able to get the most from using this bait. If they’re not hooked correctly, they won’t move naturally and the fish will know by instinct that there is something wrong.

Below you’ll find three tips to hooking minnows that can be quite useful:

1. You’ll have more control and it’ll be easier to handle the minnow if you hold it between the lower part of your index finger and the thumb. When placing the hook in the lip, keep the tail facing towards the palm of the hand and have the head facing the palm when hooking in the tail.

2. Hold the minnow out of water for about thirty seconds before trying to place it on the hook. This way it won’t be wiggling around as much and this will make it easier to get them hooked. When you place the minnow in the water they will revive and start wigging around again. Just make sure you don’t keep it out of the water too long or it won’t be able to revive.

3. It’s important to keep your scent off the minnows for the best results. If the fish smell you, they won’t take the bait. You can wear gloves but this can be a little awkward and make it harder to hook them. Another option is to place your hands in the water that you’re fishing in and then place the minnow on the hook. This way, the smell of the water will be on the bait instead of your scent.

Hooking the minnow correctly will not only allow them to move around more naturally but it will also keep them from falling off so you won’t lose your bait as often. It makes it harder for the fish to steal the bait away as well.

When fishing for a species that’s attracted to live minnows, it’s important to keep them healthy by placing them in a live-well or cooler where they can swim around freely. If you don’t put them in the right type of environment they won’t be healthy and they won’t attract the fish you seek as efficiently.

The method that you use to fish will determine how the minnow should be hooked. When trolling or casting use a lip hook to secure the minnow and keep it from falling off. The hook should measure about a third the length of the minnow being used. Insert the hook from underneath the mouth behind the lower lip and push it up behind the top lip. Make sure the tip is facing up and the shaft is facing forward. Place the tip in front of the dorsal fin when bobber fishing and through the tail when free-line fishing.

It’s important to note that you’ll do the least amount of damage to the minnow when you hook them through the tail and it will be able to move around more naturally. Nevertheless, they won’t be as secure as when hooked through the mouth and you can lose more bait this way.

These tips for hooking a minnow can help you be more productive but it’s also important to know that you’ll need to cast the minnow as few times as possible.

After several times, it will begin to affect the behavior of the minnow and it will become less effective. Taking the time to learn how to hook minnows correctly will increase the number of bites you can get each time you go fishing. By increasing the bites you get, you automatically increase the opportunity to reel in more fish.

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