There is nothing sinister about blood worm
and joker (being midge larvae they are most natural of all baits) but they do take effort to collect because they live in farm ponds.
Top patterns include CDC, F Fly, Shuttlecock, Sedge, Damsel and buzzers or blood worm
fished under an indicator.
Beamish: Black Buzzer, Blood Worm
, Yellow Dancer, Cats Whisker.
Nobody can recall such a terrific net of roach from the `Shroppie' and many wonder whether it is because the blood worm
and joker -- notorious small fish baits -- seem to have been abandoned in favour of pole and caster.
Nymphs: Black or Olive Buzzer, Pheasant Tail, Damsel, Blood Worm
and Hares Ear.
On the cold days blood worm
and olive Fritz may do the trick.
Bennett, captain of the Saints match group, was up against some of the best blood worm
specialists in the country but stole a start by catching bream on punch bread hookbait.
Conroy got off to a slower start and was fishing with blood worm
and joker at 13 metres and caster at 14metres, working both swims throughout, changing from one to another as bites eased off.
A blood worm
and joker over leam with pole produced the gold for individual winner Sandra Scothorne, the wife of Woodlands record holder Alan Scothorne MBE.
The 11-year-old son of well known north west angler Jimmy Hines and fishing for the Wirral-based Saints match group, was using blood worm
in match conditions for the first time and took 6lb of small silver fish from a peg behind the container base on the Kraft arm of the canal in Manchester.