Gone Outdoors

How to Hook Powerbait

by Larry Anderson

The Berkley fishing company makes PowerBait, which is a line of soft plastic baits designed to make fish bite and hold on. PowerBait is available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, ranging from 2-inch grubs to 10-inch plastic worms. The soft bait also is available in a multitude of colors, and fishermen use it to catch species ranging from perch to northern pike. There are a variety of ways to hook PowerBait.

Hook a PowerBait grub, minnow or worm to a lead-head jig. Baits in the 1- to 2-inch range are best on small jigs weighing 1/16-ounce or less. Attach 3- to 7-inch baits to 1/8- or 1/4-ounce jigs. Combine larger plastics with heavier jigs. Rig the PowerBait on the jig by pushing the head of the bait onto the hook, and then up the shank of the hook. Push the hook out of the soft plastic when the bait is just below the head of the jig. Then push the bait so it is tight against the jig head.

Rig PowerBait wacky style. Tie a size 1/0 hook to the fishing line. Push the hook point through the middle of a plastic night crawler or straight-tail worm. The amount of plastic on either side of the hook should be the same and the bait should form a "U" shape when retrieved through the water.

Attach PowerBait grubs, leeches or minnow to a live-bait rig. These rigs consist of a sinker weighing 1/4- to 1/2-ounce, a barrel swivel, a 36- to 48-inch leader, and a size 4 or 6 hook. Push the hook point into the head of the bait, then push it out the other side. The bait should rest in the bend of the hook.

Rig PowerBait Power Wigglers, Crappie Nibbles, and Eggs on a plain hook and fish them beneath a bobber. This rig includes, in order, a bobber, split shot weight and a size 10 or 12 hook.

Hook PowerBait worms on a Texas rig. Thread a bullet sinker onto the fishing line, then tie a 1/0 or bigger hook to the line. Push the hook into the top of the worm and down 1/4-inch. Push the hook point out of the worm and slide the head of the worm up the shank. Turn the hook 180 degrees and insert it into the worm. Push the hook until the point is just below the surface on the other side of the worm.

Items you will need
  • Jig head
  • Hook
  • Weight
  • Barrel swivel
  • Fishing line
  • Bobber

About the Author

Larry Anderson has been a freelance writer since 2000. He has covered a wide variety of topics, from golf and baseball to hunting and fishing. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, including "Fargo Forum" newspaper. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Arts in print journalism from Concordia College.

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