Fishing with Worms

November 5, 2008 by  
Filed under Coarse Fishing Bait


Lob worms are the large worms with the flat tail that are found in gardens.
Out of all the types of worm, this is the most natural to fish, as when it rains they get washed into the water via broken banks, fish like carp also nudge the mud around to dislodge the worm from the earth.

All coarse & game fish like lobworms and due to the size of worm they can attract the larger fish. A couple of lob worm on one hook will catch carp, if game fishing for salmon, a ball of these worm ( 6 or 7 of them) on a hook works very well.

Compost Worms

They generally live above the soil surface in areas where decaying vegetation or organic materials have collected and it is this lifestyle that makes them so valuable. Lighter in colour and smaller than the lobworm, these make ideal bait for tech, perch, rudd and roach. Although all other coarse and game fish will happily eat them too.

Dendrobaena Worms

Dendrobaena are tough and the most popular worm used for fishing, they are lively, wriggle like no other worm and survive in the coldest of waters for longer. Again all fish take these, but they are an ideal bait for carp when pole or float fishing. Trout also love these too.
Keeping Worms

Dendrobaena worms are very easy to keep, a well ventilated tub (air holes) on all sides. Just add grass and vegetation to the tub and freshen every few days. Keep out of direct sunlight, preferably in a shed or darkish place.

Lobworms are a little harder too keep, again a well ventilated tub is a must, top up with the earth where you found the worms. Change the earth every few days. Make sure the soil is PH neutral or they can can die pretty fast. You may also add damp newspaper to the mix.

When taking the worm for a fishing session, use a ventialated tub, but just use grass and moss. This toughens the worms skin, making them easier to handle and hook.

Feed Dendrobaena and Lobworms mashed potatoes and potato peelings. They will also eat leaves and vegetation.

The best place to keep compost worms, is on the compost!! So after your fishing session, just return them to the compost heap.

Tip:I start off by buying worms from the local fishing shop (all varieties) and then release them into the garden where the soil is vegetated (composting leaves and other dying vegetation). Worms kept in a tub are very hard to breed, so releasing into the natural conditions help them breed. I then take enough into storage to keep me topped up for a weeks or two fishing. Any left over I release back into the natural environment and dig for a fresher batch. The ones released have time to recover and breed – the cycle repeats itself so you always have fresh worms, and with them breeding in their natural environment you will save money buy ordering less in the future from the tackle shop.

Baited Bacon Strips

July 9, 2008 by  
Filed under Coarse Fishing


There are lots of different carp baits on the market these days. However one bait that is very cheap is grilled bacon ends.



I have used this on many occasions with great success. I think its because carp get used to luncheon meat, corn, boilies and pellets, so when a semi rare bait is introduced they jump on it immediately as they do not associate it with them being caught.

 As a tip, try soaking it with soya sauce overnight.

Feeding a Commercial Fishery

July 6, 2008 by  
Filed under Carp Fishing Methods

Commercial fishers are all different, however you can bet one tactict (most of the time) remains the same whichever commercial fishery you are on.

Feed little and often.

Adopt this method and you will keep fish in a feeding frenzy, literally throw in 5-6 grains of corn every few minutes, when you hook into a fish throw in another few grains to keep the fish feeding.

Throughout the day, if bites are getting harder, leave it for 10 minutes before throwing anymore bait in, you may find you have ‘over fed’ the swim, so just wait for the carp to hoover up your left overs.

I often find fisherman caterpulting corn and other bait by the bucket loads, even before they have a rod in the water. This can be disasterouse and wreck the swin for the day. Overfeeding a swim will result in fish pre-ocupied feeding off the offerings you have thrown in, and not taking the hook bait.

This method can be applied to breadflake, maggots, hemp-seed, small chunks of meat, pellets and any other bait that softens up quickly.

In the summer, using this method on a waggler you can see carp in a frenzy just below the surface, as soon as your bait hits the water you can be guaranteed a bite!

Also, feed little and often’ one or two other areas in you swim, if the fish do get spooked you immediately have a group of fish feeding elsewhere. Match fisherman use this approach to ‘bag up’ on a regular basis.

The below books and DVDs provide general advice on commercial fisheries, including where to fish and commercial fishery management.