At a Glance: Worm Harnesses
Worm harnesses work similarly to spinners but are bait rigs made with leader line or wire, blades, beads, and various hooks to hold nightcrawler worms to troll for moderately-sized predatory fish. Walleye are the typical target of people “dragging meat” with worm harnesses. The willowleaf, Indiana, or Colorado blades spin around on the leader line by means of a clevis and can be trolled very slowly or quite fast. Those harnesses made to trail behind a spoon are not intended to spin quite like those mentioned above. Worm harnesses are intended to attract fish at various depths with the vibrations, color, flash, and the scent of natural worms. Some anglers do use soft plastic worms, but the preferred method calls for actual live nightcrawlers held on by one, two, or even three hooks. The wide range of blade colors and bead combinations available can be effective at various depths and at various times of the year. The neutral design of unweighted worm harnesses also enables the bait to stay at the ideal depth while running behind deep diving devices such as dipsy or jet divers, downriggers, or other weight systems. Weighted harnesses don’t need to rely on other devices for depth. Some harnesses are made with fluorocarbon or monofilament leaders for stealth, while others are made with wire for strength and durability. FishUSA offers a worm harness for every depth and enough colors to attract bites at any time of the year.
Along with FishUSA worm harnesses, the top brands of worm harnesses include Hi-Tech Tackle, Gusto Dixie Spinner, Lindy, and Dreamweaver.