During the winter months when fishing becomes a little slower, it gives you plenty of time to think about tactics in between bites. We have literally tried everything so far this winter, from zig rigs and chods, to medusa rigs and method feeders. We have had some really great results on most rigs and baits, but in true angler style we over think the situation and change from what was working, to something new. Just because the latest issue of your favourite carp magazine or angler tells you that you will catch more if you buy this and do this. So with that in mind we decided to do some research and look for our own ideas not realising that we had the answer right under our noses. Myself and Darren have been breeding mealworms for over a year to feed his bearded dragon because they were quite expensive and did not last very long in little plastic tubs. So we already had a small supply, but to use them how we want to, we needed to expand slightly.
Mealworms are full of protein, up to 60% in some cases, not to mention that they are 100% completely organic and natural. They are a real versatile bait choice with a multitude of uses.
They can be used whole and live, although putting them on a hook can be extremely difficult, but with a little patience, steady hand and a sharp fine baiting needle, hair rigging can be achieved. Also gluing them to a cork ball and using them popped up is a great way too.
You can use them as a live loose feed on their own and they do last a good while underwater before drowning and leaving a nice scattered lake bed. They can be used dead and dried in the summer for surface fishing and zigging because they become very buoyant when dried and can really get the carp competing for these little nutritional insects.
A really interesting way of using them is when they are dried, they can be ground into mealworm meal and used in boilies and pastes as a substitute for fishmeal. In the winter using a boilie or pellet with a high fishmeal content is pretty much a no no because the fish are not very good at digesting the fishmeal and this is because of the high oil content within it. The carp don’t move around as much in the winter whilst the water is really cold, So this means that they don’t really burn off the the oils which can congeal on the lake bed and in their stomachs. So using mealworm meal in your baits at this time of year can be a really great and nutritional alternative.
The only downside is that they can be very expensive if you buy them from a live food store, but if you breed them yourself or know someone that does, they are free! which makes them even better!
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