The night crawler. It’s arguably the most used live bait, period. From bluegills to blue cats, walleyes to white bass, good luck finding a freshwater species that refuses to gobble one. Given that night crawlers appeal to so many species, there is no single way to put one on a hook. You may only need to tip the point with a tiny piece for perch, or put five whole ones on a hook for catfish. That being said, a whole single worm on a hook is what I believe is the most ubiquitous presentation for a variety of species, so that’s the focus here. The keys are the right amount of threading to dangle. As worms can be pulled off easily, you’ll want to thread a whole crawler up the shank three or four times, starting near one end of the bait. A baitholder hook really helps with securing the worm. The goal is to have a quarter to a half of the remaining worm dangling below the hook bend. The dangling end provides the wiggle that attracts fish, and larger bass, cats, or walleyes will usually take the entire bait in one shot. However, if you’re hunting for big panfish, smaller players can nip the trailing tail without easily pulling the whole worm off, giving you a longer soak time and a better chance that after the tail is gone, the next monster shellcracker to come along will slurp down what’s remaining with no hesitation and get stuck.