Backin 2012 I started using what is now commonly referred to as a ‘worm kebab’.
This involves threading short sections of worm on to a hair rig, creating a large-looking bait which just oozes attraction.
Worm kebabs proved to be very successful for tench, but I also caught a lot of carp on them.
As other anglers started to use worms for the tench they, too, caught carp, and on Manor Farm Lake at Linear Fisheries it reached the point where the tench anglers were catching more carp, including the big ones, on worm kebabs than the carp anglers were on boilies!
Worm kebabs stay on the hook really well and can be cast long distances without flying off.
In the water, the bait emits lots of attraction from the cut ends of the worms and the short sections used are far less likely to fold over and mask the hookpoint, ensuring better hook-ups.
Chopped up worm sections don’t crawl about either, so they don’t get caught in debris on the lakebed.
Because you’re using a lot of them they create a big hookbait which is less prone to being taken by smaller fish such as perch.
When specifically aiming for carp I step up the line strength and hook size slightly to reduce the
risk of losing a fish in weed.
I’ll use 3lb test curve carp rods if I’m anticipating weed and snags, but if the weed is not too bad and I’m casting less than 70 yards I prefer to use a lighter rod with a progressive action, such as the new Korum Neoteric FS 2.2.A lighter rod makes playing carp much more fun, and actually enables you to put more pressure on to a hooked fish because the risk of hookpulls is far less than with a beefier rod.
MY WORM CARP RIG
I use a similar rig to my tench rig when targeting carp with worms.
A 12lb mainline such as Korum Xpert covers most situations, but if it is very weedy I’ll step up to 15lb line.
I favour a helicopter rig unless it is very weedy, as it is extremely unlikely to tangle and has good self-hooking properties.
The new Korum Ready Heli kits are perfect for the task and are simple to set up – just slide them off the wire loop on to your mainline.HOOKLINKS
I favour Korum Xpert Power mono with a Korum Quick stop on a hair.
A size 8 or 10 Korum Specimen or Avid WGP hook is tied on with a knotless knot.
I’ve found a 6ins hooklink works best and I’ll tie a figure-of-eight loop that fits over the clip on the heli bead and is held in place with a small rig sleeve.
The hooklink attaches to a clip on the bead, which ensures there is no damage to the mainline even when a big carp is hooked.
Never use a swivel directly on the main line, as the pressure from the relatively thin swivel can cut through the line.
The quick-change clip makes changing hooklinks a doddle, as you just slide the rig sleeve off and slide the loop of the clip.
MAKE A WORM KEBAB
1. With worm sections threaded on the hair, you can also add a small disc of floating foam to pop the bait up from the bottom.
2. Secure the worm sections in place by turning the Quickstop through 90 degrees.3. The completed worm kebab, without the optional foam. MY NEW PB – THANKS TO WORMS!
At the beginning of September I fished a session at Linear with Korum’s Rob Hall in a bid to do some filming of Korum’s new Neoteric rods.
In the bright autumn sunshine the lake looked great, but there were few signs of fish.
As it had been quiet from first light until 9am I decided to Spod a bit of bait out.
All remained quiet, and at just past 1pm it started to cloud over. I said to Rob that if I were going to get a bite it would be in the next hour. Twenty minutes later the right-hand rod tore off with what was undoubtedly a carp. It fought hard but I never felt the new rod was undergunned and gradually it came to the net.
I was expecting a decent carp, but as it came over the net I realised it was something special.
At 41lb 12oz it proved to be a personal-best mirror carp and the perfect way of demonstrating that feeder fishing worms for carp is an approach that should not be ignored. Just to reinforce the point, the anglers either side of me (who were fishing boilies) did not catch a single fish over the two days.