Tips and Tricks for Fishing with Leeches
- Blog Post by: Larry Bollig
- May 30, 2009 - 5:11 PM
When I arrive at the lake, I take my leeches out of the cooler because I want them to warm up so they will be active. I add lake water periodically to keep the water close to the temperature of the lake. A small styrofoam cooler works well.
Black leeches that are swimming are the ones I use. The brown leeches, especially if they are curled up on the bottom of the container, are the ones I give my brother-in-law, or mother-in-law. I am not kidding and I am not alone in believing that the dark leeches work better.
When you watch a leech swim, the small end or head, is forward, so why do most people hook them through the suction cup, i.e., foot. This method works ok if you're using a bobber, but when you are trolling or drifting, it's unnatural to drag it backwards and the leech tends to curl up. I hook mine through the head and they seem to swim better. It is definitely a more natural presentation.
Use small hooks, number 8 or 10--light line--6 lb or 4 lb and your leech will act more natural and trigger more bites.
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