Gone Outdoors

How to Put Hooks into Soft Plastic Baits

by Jim Walrod

Correctly placing a hook into artificial bait goes a long way in the presentation of the bait. Artificial lures are designed to look like a fish's natural prey swimming through the water. Placing the hook too far forward or back will defeat the design. Poor placement can also hinder the setting of the hook after a strike.

Place the soft lure and the jig head or bare hook side-by-side with the eye at the front of the lure. Note the spot on the lure where the bend begins on the shank: This is where you will want the point and barb to emerge from the plastic bait.

Hold the soft lure, dorsal side up, in one hand. In order for the lure to move properly, its final position must be on the top side of the shank of the hook. Hold the jig head or plain hook, with the barb up and eye toward the rear of the bait in the opposing hand.

On the front of the bait, locate the center. This is where you want the point of the hook to enter. Thread the bait onto the shank of the hook, without twisting the bait. Do not push the hook into the bait; it will cause the point to emerge prematurely.You want all the pressure applied to the bait, and you don't want the hook to move.

When the point emerges from the lure, continue to push the lure until it is nearly touching the rear of the jig head or the eye of the hook.

Apply a small drop of strong adhesive between the jig head and eye. If using a bare hook, be careful not to cover the eye with the adhesive. Push the lure forward and set aside to dry.

Items you will need
  • Plastic bait or lure
  • Hook or jig head
  • Waterproof glue

Tip

  • Make sure the point of your hook is sharp. A small pocket whet stone will dress up a point. You might want to consider keeping one in your tackle box. A freshly sharpened point also helps in setting a hook after a strike.

Warning

  • Take you time when threading a plastic bait. A little to much pressure or twisting either the bait or hook will find you reaching for the band-aids.

About the Author

James (Jim) Walrod is a career journalist with 40 years of experience in online, print, radio and television journalism and has worked for major networks during his career. He holds degrees in mass communications, political science, business and economics. Walrod is the owner, editor and podcast voice talent for Newspirates.com, an alternative news site.