It sounds easy, but for some it’s not. The first lesson in fishing is putting a worm on a hook. A lot of people have no problem doing this. If you are one of those people, you are super awesome! For those of us who might struggle with this… Keep reading.
Ok, so each lesson in fishing or outdoors is also a lesson in life. So for this one the lesson is doing whatever you have to do. Don’t worry about what others are doing or if it’s easy for someone else. Don’t think about how dumb you think you might look. The purpose of this is to do it. However you have to do it.
The first time I went to the lake and went fishing by myself I had to figure out how to put a worm on a hook by myself. I am not squeamish about getting my fingers dirty or holding a worm… but having to shove a sharp hook through a living thing that obviously doesn’t enjoy having a spear shoved through it’s body… was hard for me. The best way is to do it quickly and effectively. When a worm is twisting, stretching and trying to crawl out of your grip, that can make it challenging. So… the first time I used the sleeve of my hoodie that I was wearing… and guess what! I did it! But my sleeve did get a little dirty and slimy. So I learned my first lesson in doing what you have to do to get the job done. It doesn’t matter if someone sees you and thinks “what is that girl doing?” The objective is to put a worm on a hook. I found using fabric (my sleeve or hand towel) I could grip the worm better and get the hook through quickly. This is how I also got my daughters to put a worm on a hook and it really helped. It didn’t take very long, though, and the fabric gets hooked and gets in the way. Out of frustration I started using my hands and now it’s not a big deal. But in the beginning it made it so much easier.