care of your maggot
fishing with maggots
care of your pinkies
fishing with Pinkies
care of your squats
fishing with squats
The Gozzer Maggot
fishing the gozzer
care of your caster
fishing with casters
Bloodworm and Joker
making paste baits
using paste baits
fishing with luncheon meat
fishing with cheese
fishing with particles
fishing with hemp
fishing with tares
fishing with maple peas
baits used by anglers in fishing
Fishing with Worms
This is using a worm as a fishing bait to catch fish.
It doesn't mean your sat at the bankside with an itchy
Worms used as fishing bait include Lobworms, Redworms, Brandlings, Dendrobenas
The worm is one of the traditional baits that have been used for
hundreds of years. It has been used at one time or another by most
anglers and the humble worm is a fishing bait that will catch any
Worms are still used by anglers, especially when using big lobworms
for chub fishing or chopped worm for catching perch but the worm is
not as popular as it used to be. I believe the reason the worm as a
fishing bait is not used as much now because of the availability and
vast selection of other readily available baits such as the maggot,
pellets and boilies.
Worms for fishing can be dug from your garden or bought from worm
breeding farms or fishing tackle shops. If you are going to use large
amounts, buying them could prove expensive so breeding your own worms
may be cheaper. Ready made wormeries, complete with soil and worms are
available to buy online and once set up provide you with a constant
supply of bait.
Another way of obtaining your worms is collecting them yourself.
Lobworms can be collected for free in a couple of ways and is quite
easily. I have tried both ways and had good results.
After it has been raining go out when it is dark with a torch and
search your lawn for Lobworms. You will find them laying on top of the
ground. If you haven't got a lawn ask your neighbour or find some
other area with close cut grass (as permission if it is private land).
Also, after it has been raining a couple of days and is still raining,
armed with a torch after dark as before, search along the roadside in
the gutters. You will be surprised at the amount of Lobworms you
find. Your neighbours will probably think you've flipped and should
send for the men in white coats, but that's the price you will have to
pay. Another way of gathering worms is to squirt some washing up
liquid on your lawn and wash it in with your hosepipe (if there is no
hosepipe ban). Before long the Lobworms will come to the top of the
lawn ready to be collected. After collecting them this way rinse them
quickly in clean water to get rid of the taint of washing up liquid
then put them in a container that contains some damp soil and grass
cuttings or moss mixed together; cover the container and place it in a
dark place. As long as the soil is changed regular and is kept damp
the Lobworms can keep for weeks.
The medium you keep the worms in should be kept damp and not allowed
to dry out or the worms can die. All worms need to be kept cool and out of direct sunlight or they will
dry out, shrivel up and die.
Lobworms, known as the common garden worm, is the biggest of the worms
used by anglers and is the worm with the flat tail that's found in our
gardens. Lobworms will catch any fish but are especially good when you
are fishing for Chub, Perch, Bream, Eels, Carp, Tench, Pike, Zander
and all other fish. Catfish anglers have had good results using
Lobworms in bunches.
Fishing with lobworms doesn't have to be a complicated set up.
Generally a whole lobworm or just the tail can be used. A large hook,
size 10 or 4 is ok and just hook the lobworm through the middle or
tail. I don't hook worms through the band around the body of the worm
as I have found the worm dies quicker. Along with bread I believe the
lobworm is the best bait for trotting a river the chub and barbel.
Lobworms are a brilliant bait on flooded rivers. This may be because the
water is washing out other worms from the banks.
Chopped worm fishing
One of the best methods when fishing for perch is to use chopped worm.
Using a pair of
scissors or knife take about half a dozen lobworms and
cut them into small pieces around half an inch (15mm) long. This is the
'chop' (for feeding). These bits of worm can be mixed with some mashed bread or
groundbait if you wish. A tail of a lob or a piece of chop is used on
the hook as bait and throw some of the chop into the water to attract
I haven't tried this but some specialist anglers inject air into worms
to make them more buoyant and this helps them sit on top of weed beds.
The Dendrobaena Worm
Dendrobaena worms are considered by some anglers as one of the best
worms for fishing. Dendrobaena worms can be obtained from your local
tackle shop or ordering from online bait shops. They are hand picked
and can be bought in different sizes and will be sent to you freshly
Dendrobaena's can be used for hook bait or chopped worm fishing (see
Lobworm). Use Dendrobaena as a hook bait either whole or cut in two and
hook both pieces of the worm near to the cut end. Dendrobaena is also
a good bait when tipped with a couple of red maggots. As with all worm
fishing use a good size hook, between a size 10 and 16 is usually ok.
The redworm is as its name suggests a deep red colour and is the worm
generally found in compost heaps. Redworms can be used as hook bait
either single hooked through the tail, as a bunch or tipped with a red
maggot or castor. Hook sizes of 12 to 16 are ok. Redworms are an ideal
bait when feeder fishing for bream.
If collecting them yourself put them in a container with some of the
compost they were in and make sure you put the lid on properly, they
do a great Houdini trick (are very good at escaping).
The Brandling is also found in manure heaps and has a yellowish
coloured band around the body. Brandlings are usually a bit bigger and
tougher than the redworm.
Brandlings can be used as hook bait similar to the Redworm, either
single, hooked through the tail, as a bunch or tipped with a red
maggot or castor. Hook sizes of 14 to 18 are ok. Brandlings are an
ideal bait when fishing for Perch and feeder fishing for bream.
Save time digging . . .
Make your own wormery . . .
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