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WiredWorms Basics: The Pressure Bite

WiredWorms hold a top position in the unique worm category called double-hook worms. Double hooked worms are pre-rigged worms that have both a jig head with a hook and a trailer or stinger hook embedded in the tail of the worm. Both hooks are exposed increasing hook-up potential. In addition, the stinger hook improves overall fish hook-ups when fish are "tail biting" the worm.

Setting The Hook
When using WiredWorms it is not necessary to use a bone jarring hook set because of the exposed hooks. In addition when using light line, it may be unwise to set the hook hard. In may cases, a hook set may be impossible because due to the "pressure bite".

If a hard hook set in not possible what should and angler do? The answer: Reel Set. A reel set is the process of reeling as fast as possible taking up slack and putting pressure on the fish causing the hook to penetrate the fish's mouth. The key is to take up enough line to "move" the fish. If the angler is successful at moving the fish then there is a good change the hook has penetrated the fish's mouth. If the fish pulls in a direction that is moving away from the angler then there is a very high provability of a solid hookup. The worst possible reel set scenario is where the fish swims directly at the angler and breaks the surface. When this happens there is a low provability of hookup. What can an angler do in this case? The best solution is to take up slack by both frantically reeling as fast as possible and sweeping the rod as far as is possible.

The Pressure Bite
The two principals of detecting the pressure bite are as follows: feeling the added weight on the end of the line and the unnatural movement of the bait. The angler knows there is a fish on the line when added weight is detected and the weight is moving. The added weight is very noticable and easily detected; the movement is usually less noticeable. Many anglers believe they are snagged on the bottom, a more common occurrence when worm fishing. The only way to learn the pressure bite is to react with a hook set whenever pressure is detected. Sometimes it will be a fish. Most of the time it will be the bottom. To help learn the difference, an angler can apply the second principle of the pressure bite and check for the movement of a fish. When weight is detected, apply a small amount of pressure on weight to determine if moves. If so set the hook using rod movement and the reel set. If both tests are positive most of the time it's a fish. Some of the time it might be a small branch, fishing line or grass.

As an angler becomes more experienced using WiredWorms, it will become apparent that the majority of bass they catch on WiredWorms will come on a pressure bite. The straight tail WiredWorm models, 450ST, 550ST can be categorized as finesse baits and often a bass will take the lure in a non-aggressive manner. Even the 550CT can be inhaled with out detection by the angler. Both bites will produce pressure bites.

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