Minnows can be valuable bait. Their rapid wiggling will attract much fish to your hook. However, this same wiggling combined with their inherently slippery nature can make them very hard to hook.
How to hook a minnow
1. If you intend to cast multiple times, the best way to hook the minnow is through its lips. Start by hooking the lower lip and then the upper; the hook will be upright and should allow the minnow to move normally.
2. Another effective method is to hook through the minnow’s spine. This prolongs the lifespan of the minnow, making it much more effective as bait. However, make sure that you avoid the spine itself when inserting the hook. If you paralyze the minnow, it will be less appealing because it can’t move.
3. If you don’t care to cast repeatedly and want to leave your line in the water, try hooking through the tail. This enables the minnow to swim around, making it perfect for drift-fishing.
4. Once they’re hooked, cast them lightly into the water. If you aren’t careful, the impact with the water’s surface will kill the minnow. It works because it wiggles – makes sure it keeps wiggling.
5. Make sure that the temperature of the lake does not vary too greatly from the temperature of the bucket in which you store the minnows. Too sharp of a change can kill them.