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How do I fish a pink worm for stocked trout?

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5 hours ago, Kenneth Chang said:

How are u supposed to fish one of those 3 inch powerbait worms for trout. Do you wacky rig it on a jig head, fish it like normal powerbait or what r u supposed to do.

Cut it in half, put it on a shad dart and call it magnetic...

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I use small size live bait hook with a split shot about 1.5’ above it. I just simply drag it or lift and drop.

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Use a #6 or #8 snelled octopus hook.  Run a sewing needle through the worm and tie the hook at the end towards the head.  Start at the skinny end and push it towards the thick end.  Depending on current (if stream fishing), use a weight heavy enough to keep the bait down but light enough that it doesn't sink to and stay on the bottom.  You want the weight to barely tick the bottom and drift downstream.  Split shots are simple to achieve this, but us steelhead fishermen use slinky weights due to them being near snag-less.  You'll need to experiment with weight but once you find it, you'll get a nice drift and a very natural presentation.  If you're using a spinning reel, keep the bail open and let it drift.  Cup your hand on the spool and wait for a hit.  Once you get a bite, set the hook, close the bail, and reel it in.  I use this simple rig for steelhead, stockers, and smaller stream trout alike.  I have success fishing it with marabou jigs, beads, spawn, nightcrawlers, wax worms, and plastic trout worms.

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1/2 of one on a trout magnet head below a bobber. Cast it out and let it sit, set the hook on any little jiggle.

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for stocked trout i fish a mini carolina rig with a tiny treble using berkley trout power bait. Start of the season im often the first one gone cause i have my limit.

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Wacky, under a float with some split shot.

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