How Can I Replicate Bloodworm Beds? We Ask Team CCMoore
You would most certainly be right in thinking that bloodworm beds offer you an edge in fishing, but from my experience finding those beds at times can be somewhat challenging. The difficult thing about finding bloodworm beds are that they can come and go fairly quickly; they will often bloom in certain areas of the lake and soon enough, the carp will graze and clean these areas quickly.
They offer a rich source in a carp’s diet, hence why they are so attractive, often holding fish for hours at a time. Bloodworm can often be found in notable areas of a lake, small deprivations in the lakebed, areas where naturals thrive such as silt and light weed growth. These are the type of areas worth investigating and to do this, I use a neat little trick with my feature finding lead.
I tend to use the distance style leads for leading about, but when investigating areas, I simply take a sharp robust knife and cut grooves around the lead. Be careful when doing this for obvious reasons, but the coating on most leads can easily be cut to create grooves. These grooves pick up any obvious debris on the lakebed, such as silt and clay, but can also reveal the small bloodworm if they are present in numbers. Like mentioned previously, these areas are soon harvested by the carp, so regularly casting about and investigating likely spots will reveal what you are looking for.
Having found these areas, presenting bait over them is the obvious choice, but mimicking the natural hatches is an altogether different edge. The bloodworm range will compliment a baiting strategy to great effect on an area present with fresh bloodworm. Small items of bait are key, coupled with small hookbaits for maximum effectiveness. The Liquid Bloodworm Compound contains whole pieces of fresh bloodworm, not only replicating their size and colour, but also the natural small that they give off.
Bloodworm is also highly effective when mixed in with other particles such as hempseed and frozen water snails; creating a very appealing, crunchy and oily bed of natural goodness that that fish will actively feed on with less suspicion. This mix can be spombed over the spot, but is best used in smaller quantities as not to take away from the bloodworm naturally present.
Especially during the spring period when the fish are waking up and looking for a quick boost of energy and valuable nutrients, the bloodworm beds are incredibly attractive to passing fish. If you can locate these and present effectively among them, you are in with a good shout of a few fish this spring…