Gone Outdoors

How to Tie a Gang Hook Rig

by Keith Dooley

Worms are a traditional bait used by many anglers to catch trout, bluegill and bass. Presented in the proper manner, worms prove to be highly effective in many fishing situations. Often a worm is simply wrapped or balled onto a hook. A gang rig presents a worm in a more natural manner to feeding fish and often improves an angler's chances of successfully catching fish.

Slide a 1/8 ounce or smaller egg weight onto the end of your fishing line. Place a bead on the line below the weight.

Attach a barrel swivel to the end of the line with a uni knot. Moisten the knot before pulling it tight. Trim excess from the free end of the line with scissors.

Cut a 10-inch length of monofilament line from a filler spool to use as a leader. Choose 6-pound test as a rule of thumb and increase or decrease the pound test based on fishing conditions.

Tie the 10-inch leader to the barrel swivel with a uni knot. Tie the free end of the leader to the eye of a size 8 bait holder hook with a uni knot.

Cut a 4-inch length of monofilament line from the filler spool with scissors to use as a gang hook leader.

Tie one end of the 4-inch length to the hook tied to the end of the main leader length. Attach the 4-inch length of line to the bend of the hook with a uni knot.

Tie a second size 8 bait holder hook to the free end of the 4-inch leader. Adjust the length of the leader so there is 2 inches of line between the bend of the first hook and the eye of the second hook.

Items you will need
  • Sliding egg weight
  • Bead
  • Barrel swivel
  • Scissors
  • Monofilament fishing line
  • Size 8 bait hooks

About the Author

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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