How to Rig Gang Hooks For Fishing Live Bait Under a Float

In this article I will outline how to rig a set of gang hooks for fishing under a float. Two of the popular and effective fishing baits are live worms and live minnows and gang hooks are the most effective way to rig these live baits for fishing, especially when fishing under a float. For those of you who don’t know, gang hooks are a pair of small hooks tied back to back on a leader and used for fishing various live baits.

When fishing with a float, which of course is another name for a bobber, the best types of floats to use are slip bobbers. Slip bobbers made from balsa wood are the most buoyant and effective fishing floats. Slip bobbers slip through your line and “float freely” on your line. A bobber stop (which is a small piece of rubber) is then added to your line to stop the bobber from “slipping” beyond it. This bobber stop can be adjusted by the angler, so you have complete control over the depth that your bait is below the float. This makes float fishing much more precise, and in almost all fishing situations where a float of any kind is used, a slip bobber is the way to go.

With that being said let’s get down to the business of how to rig gang hooks for fishing live bait under a float, what do you say? For this example I’m going to assume that a slip bobber is being employed. If you are using another type of float these principles still hold true and I’m sure you can adjust these ideas to your particular type of float as needed.

Begin by grabbing the end of you line and slipping your bobber onto the line. Now add the bobber stop to your line. At this point tie a small swivel to the line. The swivel will not only help to prevent line twist, but will also make a strong union between your line and the set of gang hooks. At this point a set of pre-tied gang hooks is added to the opposite end of the swivel. Now, depending on the depth of the water you intend to fish, current flow (if there is any), and wind conditions, a split shot sinker or two may need to be added to your line to help the bait to sink in the water. Adding split shots to the line is a judgment call and is completely up to personal fishing conditions.

At this point your bait needs to be added to the gang hooks. If minnows are your bait of choice, simply hook the minnow through the lips on the top of the two hooks and allow the second hook to “hang freely”. If worms are being used as bait, rig the worm onto the gang hooks outstretched (as I’m sure you can imagine). In the case of large worms such as night crawlers the worm should be pinched in half before being rigged on the gang hooks so that a large portion of the worm isn’t “hanging free” off of the second hook in the water.

The bobber stop now needs to be adjusted to the depth you would like your bait to be below the float and you are good to go. Now you know how to rig gang hooks for fishing live bait under a float so it’s time to get out there and start catching some fish.

False Promises of Gang Life

Parents may not realize this, but research tells us that the number one reason children join gangs is for a sense of family or belonging. Today’s working parents are busy. This isn’t wrong; this is necessity, but sometimes kids feel neglected or inadvertently get lost in the shuffle. Some children simply aren’t as outgoing as others and feel isolated or bullied at school. These kids can easily get discouraged and lonely. They are easy targets for the lure of gang promises. The reality of gang life is not what it may appear to be.

Young people are drawn into gangs because of the illusion of friends who “have their back”, money, respect and the glittery lifestyle some celebrities represent. There is not protection in a gang. As a matter of fact, there is much more danger in joining a gang than not because you and your family become targets for rival gangs. Entire families are put in harm’s way. Most young people never meant for siblings and other family members to be killed. They usually don’t realize the far reaching consequences of gang involvement.

Gang members usually end up dropping out of school because of fear of rival gang members. Without an education, there’s not a lot of hope for financial security. Respect in a gang is simply fear. Real respect is recognizing the rights of others and treating people the way you want to be treated. Real respect is earned through education and accomplishments. Gang violence and criminal acts are hardly respectful. How much respect is garnered for those behind bars? Does anyone really grow up thinking, “hey, when I grow up, I want to go to jail”? Does anyone really think they should be beaten senseless to gain friends? Should you really have to commit crimes to keep “friends”? Most teens are tired of parents and teachers telling them what to do. Gangs dictate what you wear, where you go, who you can hang out with and date. They will rob you of your freedom and choices.

According to statistics, gang involvement makes one 60% more likely to be a victim of homicide. Teens who find themselves involved in gangs usually never intended to ruin their lives. They were trying to find something positive, but they found it in the wrong place.

If a young person you know is entertaining the thought of joining a gang, remind him or her of the consequences and the alternatives. There are clubs, church activities, Boys and Girls clubs, sports, various lessons in art, dance, music, etc. If you are already involved in the gang culture and want out, go to your local police gang task force. According to the website above, there are ways out, but you may likely have to change your location. It won’t be easy, but can be done. Remember, it’s much easier to never get involved than to get out.

Gangs, In Black and White

Picture the words “street gangs” in your mind. What images do you see? Gangs, gang warfare, Crips, Bloods, Netas, Latin Kings, etc., headline our local and regional media outlets weekly. The very thought of the word “gang” reflexively conjures up mental images of black and brown violent, gun toting, drug dealing men, blaring rap music, preying on virtuous mainstream white society who react in horror, suspicion, caution, and contempt. What are we to do with this menacing social ill spiraling out of control, targeting old white men and women, pummeling good white business men, defiling young white women, and looting private property? The answer is clear: Watch, Arm Yourself, Shoot, Enact tougher laws, Shoot, Hire more police officers, Shoot, Jail them, Shoot!… and necessarily in that order.

As I sat in my rural home, in a county where the racial demographic (as is throughout most of rural and suburban America) 95.4% white, 2% African Americans, 2.7% Latino, 0.03% Asian, I asked myself some simple arithmetic questions. Why then, were reports on gang violence mostly about Bloods, Crips, and Latin Kings when the demographics of those racial groups summed up to less than 5% of the total local population? Considering the volume of articles written about gang activity, and the specific gangs repetitiously mentioned, this would have to suggest that each and every member of these demographics in my area, and others, would have to be gang members or affiliates. Was I too unknowingly a gang member? This is sarcasm of course.

Could there be any other types of gangs of other races out there contributing to this hellish downfall of communities and larger Western Society itself? Was there some violent genetic flaw that I personally had escaped, being of Latino origin? Suddenly, I remembered gangs by the names of Pagans, Aryan Brotherhood, Hell’s Angels, Skin Heads, Bikers, HAMC, Wheels of Soul, etc. But, where were these gangs in the popular narrative, even in areas where their culture was the dominant one? Did these gangs not commit violent crimes, rely on symbolism, reflect their political views through certain musical genre, engage in the proliferation of drugs, and revel in the abuse and defilement of women? Then I remembered Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols who were responsible for the bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City where over 168 lives were taken and over 680 injured. They were reported to have been affiliated with mainly anti-government militia groups, but supremacist ones as well. Yes, other kinds of gangs do exist and are just as violent.

However, after scanning article after article I noticed that whenever a journal referred to mainstream white gangs the language subtly shifted. They were no longer “gangs” or “gang members” per say, but transformed into “groups,” “radical groups,” “militia groups,” and “anti-government organizations.” These terms now acknowledged purpose, even political acuity, and relevance. A certain subtle respect was now bestowed on these labels: “anti-government groups,” and “militias.” They were not conveyed as gun toting thugs, criminals, murderers, or drug dealers, but rather as “stockpiled militias,” and arms bearing “anti-government groups.” I was forced to take a step back and contemplate whether or not the Crips, the Bloods, Netas, and Latin Kings, etc. had any kinds of similarities with their white gang counterparts. For example, did they share contempt for government, for mainstream society, for our economic system, and/or for our justice system? And if so, where and through what vehicle of communication were they making these appeals? Therefore, I created a list of six questions to identify any similarities between “street gangs” and “antigovernment militias:”

1. Where were they using symbolism to identify their position in opposition to the mainstream?

2. Where were they applying uniformity to identify themselves uniquely?

3. Did both kinds of groups/gangs seek peer relevance and acceptance?

4. Did they make continuous public references swearing to not remain being economically challenged?

5. Were both joining their groups as a statement of defiance of authority?

6. Where they both stockpiling guns, and committing crimes?

The answer to ALL of the above questions is emphatically, “Yes!” But, language dictated not only the implication of intelligence surrounding certain gangs, but also dictated the implication of whether or not being armed was perhaps even justified for certain gangs. Why the stark difference in representations? What badge of honor had white gangs received in terms of recognition yet low profile convenience that minority gangs did not?

A particular article about the Oklahoma City bombers, written by the Washington Post caught my eye in that it was making an actual connection between the violence the bombers caused, their evolving mental state, and their progression of affiliation with groups. However, in most of the articles scanned about minority gangs there were seldom any connections made at all between their violence, individual and group evolving mental states, and their progression of affiliation. They were just criminals, simply put.

“A kid from the heart of America who feels the society has let him down can be very dangerous if he has underlying emotional quirks,” said Charles Bahn, a forensic psychologist from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York who studies the psyche of terrorists. “In urban America, gangs fill this void. In the Midwest, it’s cults, the macho gun world, militias, belonging to fringe groups.”

I began to really get into this whole “gang thing” and exploring their typical and similar characteristics:

• Most gang crimes are committed within their own racially/class based and dominated neighborhoods

• The largest victim groups related to gang violence were in fact Hispanics and Blacks

• Most gang members were minors between the ages of 12 and 19

• Most gang members targeted other gang members in most crimes

• The proliferation of drugs and drug use is proportionately equal in terms of rural, suburban, and urban areas.

These statistics painted a very different picture than what was typically being represented to the public at large. Purely minority gangs seem to dominate all conversations about ruthlessness and lawlessness, and, their membership were the only ones being represented as spreading exponentially and to be feared. White gangs go conveniently unnoticed and remain under the radar. However, statistics proves otherwise because in fact urban minority gang violence and membership has been slowly decreasing nationwide, yet white militia and anti-government group violence and membership is increasing exponentially according to a 2010 report by Amy Goodman of the Democracy Now news hour.

The disservice to us all in these shifting labels is that it seems many pluralities of citizens, from all walks of life, are experiencing alienation, resentment for authority and governance, compelled to heavily arm themselves for protection against outsiders, and making public statements about their presence and attitudes. The lopsidedness of fear tilted conveniently ever in the direction of minority gangs and street crime, leaves us ignorant and/or blind to the truths about our national disposition as citizens regarding all of the relevant issues surrounding gangs: poverty, effectively engaging youth, public education, public safety, our criminal justice system, policing policies, and so on. We cannot enter into a constructive conversation about these issues until we deal fairly with the language and identification of what and who is in fact criminal, the non-bias and non-discriminant truth about drug and gun proliferation, and the public’s ability to accurately differentiate between headlines and actual trends in violence. I assure you that social deviance, and radical forms of social resentment are human problems, not racial or spatial ones.

Sources:

Dale Russakoff and Serge F. Kovaleski; “An Ordinary Boy’s Extraordinary Rage,” Washington Post, p. A01, Sunday, July 2, 1995.

Herrell, Erica, Violence By Gang Members, 1993 – 2005; Bureau of Justice Statistics Crime Data Brief, June 2005.

Amy Goodman, “White Power USA: The Rise of Right-Wing Militias in America,” Democracy Now, 2010.