Man has been using worms as a fishing bait for thousands of years and there is a very good reason for this, it's because they catch fish, often the better sized ones too!

Worms form a natural part of many fishes diet as a result of them being washed into water after heavy rain or by falling into the margins during their nightly movements. They can be used successfully to catch all coarse fish and are a great bait to use when catching specimen sized perch.

Types Of Worm

Lobworms are the biggest worms to be found in our back gardens, not only can they be recognised by their size but also their flat tail. With the right conditions there can be as many as 40 worms per square meter in a garden lawn. They are best collected after dark (better after rainfall) and can be found amongst the grass as they leave their burrows to feed. Lobworms like all worms attract the vast majority of fish, but are particularly effective when trying to catch large carp, catfish & perch.

Dendrobaena worms originate from the continent, they are similar in appearance to the redworm although much larger in size with a more robust skin.

Redworms as their name implies are red in colour & can be found in abundance in a well established compost heaps or horse manure heaps - they are a good choice to use when targeting fish such as bream, roach & tench.

Brandlings can be confused with redworms as they tend to inhabit the same types of rotting vegetation & manure as redworms. They can be identified by their striped body & pungent yellow liquid they release when handled or hooked. Their skin is tougher than that of the redworm which allows it to be cast further.

Bloodworm are not actually worms, they are the larvae of midge flies which live in the mud and silt in slow moving water. Many fish consider bloodworms to be a part of their natural diet and fish such as bream & tench spend considerable time feeding upon them in the warmer months, evidence of this can be seen on the bank with areas of water muddied as they rip up the bottom in their search. Fishing live bloodworm on the hook will require a fine hook pattern and is suited for catching silvers, whilst frozen bloodworm can be used as a great additive to groundbaits, particularly when fishing for bream, roach & tench.

How To Hook

Using a cut down piece of  red elastic on the hook is a great way of securing worms on barbless hooks.Worms can be used in conjunction with maggots to form an enticing cocktail.