every one has their own methods which they prefer but surely you want the scent to escape?? isnt this what draws the attention of scent hunting fish and encourages them to take the bait the scent is coming from?You can just bunch them up but i think they last better if you bind them then feed on the hook with a baiting needle or just feed straight on as there's less scent loss from puncture holes and squashing etc!
Not saying your way is less valid mate its just somthing I've been playing with for a while and they both work even if mine means more messing with bait elastic!
No worries, everyones opinion is equally valid on here. I did better last year on the worms that I broke while digging than I did on the whole clean worms. I just keep threading the bits up the line until there is enough for a nice size bait (imho), usually about six to nine inches when compressed.Exactly why I said both methods are valid!
But I think you'll find a thicker bait with one entrance and exit will not wash out as quick as bunching them. Not everyone gets them straight on the hook in one good with the cold of winter.
Scent is what gets them to the bait with colour water at night and i agree with needing to change the bait more regularly.
Was only sharing my opinion!