How to Hook a Minnow: 3 Best Methods

Mark Johnson
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The Pros and Cons of Fishing With Minnows

Fishing with shiny minnows is a time-tested method. Minnows have been the most popular type of bait since the invention of the fishing hook. Since their initial introduction into the fishing world, these little fish have been caught and used as bait for nearly 2000 years. Some of the oldest known bones of cyprinid fishes are those of ancient carp and minnows! Today, minnows are used to catch all sorts of other fish as well as trout, bass, catfish, and even trout.

Minnows are one of the most versatile baits around. They’re attractive, effective, and can be caught using a variety of fish-catching techniques. This versatility has been one of the main reasons for their long-term popularity.

That innate versatility comes with some downsides, however. For example, minnows tend to be susceptible to a number of different diseases, which can be passed onto other fish and make them ill. In addition, many fish will recognize minnows as food items, which means that they will be caught by anglers just as often as fish. This can be a problem if you’re more interested in catching fish than you are in catching minnows.

Hooking Your Minnow

Hooking your minnow is, perhaps, one of the most important things you can do to catch more fish.

Not only will a poorly hooked minnow make your bait useless, but it can also injure the fish and could cause it to spit it right back out.

There are many different types of hooks you can use in minnow baits.

For instance, try normal treble hooks for a more stable and durable hook. These hooks also prevent the minnow from swinging when you move.

Another style of hook to use is the sticky hook. These hooks stay on the minnow tightly and you can use them in both freshwater and saltwater. The only downside of these hooks is that they are usually smaller than treble hooks.

The last kind of hook you can use is the Judos. These hooks work very well when you use them to fish with live bait. Plus, you can adjust them however you want. These hooks come with multiple skirts and also have a separator, which makes them perfect for catching catfish.

Through-The-Lip Hook

The most common method of hooking minnows is through the lip. The procedure to bring a minnow through the lip, through the gill plate, through the outside of the body and into your live bait bucket is to:

{1}. Pull the minnow through the water by the tail.
{2}. Insert your hook into the minnow through the lip and pull the fish through the water until the nose is outside the water.
{3}. Reel the fish in the water a couple of feet (with constant care not to break the line).
{4}. Repeat the process swinging the hook through several inches of water.

You should repeat steps three and four a few times until the hook is through the nose of the minnow and the drop of the line is about six to eight inches.

Another way to hook a minnow is to snap the minnow near the opening of the hollow that connects the nose of the fish to its body. You can then insert the hook into the hollow of the fish. Often, a minnow is hooked to the gill plate. If the minnow is still moving, or if you happen to be using the catch-and-release fishing method, you can place the hook through the ozopores or through the gill plate.

Let the minnow settle in the water as you observe it.

Dorsal Hook

Just simply hook the minnow through the middle of its back. This method is the easiest to use, but if you are using on larger fish, I wouldn’t recommend using it because it can come out quite easily. It is ideal for small fish.

Trick Hook

Minnows and worm are the most effective baits to catch larger fish in freshwater. One thing that you need to know to use minnow effectively is that you have to hook them in a manner that makes it easier for the larger fish to swallow it. This task becomes easier with the help of a trick hooking a minnow.

First, find a minnow with no tail or short tail. The tail adds to the length of the minnow so you need to cut it at the balance point. Next, you need to pull the hook through the minnow that is located on the opposite side of the minnow. This is where you hook it.

Pull the hook through until the point of the hook is about one-inch long. Afterward, flatten the hook. Ensure that you flatten the hook only to the size that will still hook the minnow well.

Next, you need to attach fishing line to the hook. The line should be of 20 to 12-pound test. The line strength is the most important factor that determines the length of the minnow you can cover.

If you have a line of 20-pound test, the line should be attached to the hook and the hook should not go through the body. The bait must be slightly shorter than your fishing line.

You can use the same technique if the bait is a quarter of an inch longer.

Wrapping Up: How To Hook A Minnow

Being successful at angling is a state of mind. You need to have a positive attitude and be dedicated to your sport. No one will fish with you unless you are dedicated to the sport, so between fishing sessions, take care of your gear, visit your local fishing shop and read up on fishing techniques.

To be successful at catching fish requires: having the right gear, a love of nature and animals, the outdoors and the sport of fishing, plus a little bit of luck.

Keep in mind that fishing is a lot of fun, fun, even when it is not successful. So when you are out fishing, enjoy yourself, meet people, make friends, share smiles. Fishing is an exciting pastime that can bring you many happy memories, and sometimes even delicious meals.

If learning how to fish is a goal of yours, go to your local fishing shop and buy a few books on fishing. There are also a lot of good resources online. YouTube is full of great fishing videos, and you should visit your local bait shop to get a feel for the equipment you’ll need to have.

Keep in mind, it is all about having fun. If you struggle with a fish, par a few hundred over, reel it in and let him go. You can always try to get the fish later, and next time, you’ll try a different lure, different line or a different approach.