FISHING WITH WORMS/TYPES OF WORMS/CHOPPED WORM FISHING
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.
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 perch.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.Lobworms are a brilliant bait on flooded rivers.This may be because the water is washing out other worms from the banks.
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 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,because these worms are very good at escaping.
CHOPPED WORM FISHING
One of the best methods when fishing for perch/bream is to use chopped worm.
Using a pair of scissors 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.Tight lines