Why worms for wels catfish?
The use of worms go back a long way in the world
of angling and are a firm favourite bait for targetting many freshwater
fish. The use of worms for catfish seem to be a logical choice as they
are meaty, wriggle like mad and form par of the natural diet. It does
appear that the Lobworm is by far the most popular worm used for targetting
catfish but most other worms all catch wels catfish, especially at night.
The Lob worm is the largest worm readily available to us anglers which is probably why it is our first choice although dendrbenas and red worms will catch equally as well.
The worm has a two fold approach in helping us catch catfish, the first being the obvious movement with it's wriggling, twisting and turning which will attract the attention of the vibration detectors on the catfish. The second is the scent and trail of free flowing amino acids which the worm gives off. These amino acids are easily detected by the extra sensitive taste receptors the catfish has all over it's body. Once the catfish has detected the movement it can then close in on the amino acids with pinpoint accuracy.
The only drawback to using worms is they are pretty much confined to the hours of darkness as every other fish in the lake will devour them.