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fishing with Pinkies


The Squat
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fishing with squats


The Gozzer Maggot

fishing the gozzer


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fishing with casters
hooking casters




Dendrobaena Worm




Bloodworm and Joker


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Paste Baits

making paste baits

using paste baits


Luncheon Meat

fishing with luncheon meat



fishing with cheese


Particle Baits
fishing with particles


feeding sweetcorn

colouring and flavouring
imitation sweetcorn


fishing with hemp


fishing with tares


Maple Peas

fishing with maple peas



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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 backside


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 fish.
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.

The Lobworm
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 the perch.

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. Sounds feasible.

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 packed.
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
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
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 . . .


Article Copyright  J. Boswell All rights reserved


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