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Ken Townley's mealworm discovery

Thursday, 18th March 2010

Ken likes to trial just about every ingredient we have on the premises and here he talks about his discovery of Mealworm Crumble as a carp bait.
Lately I have been experimenting with a few new products, the first of which is Mealworm Crumble.
Mealworm Crumble

The clue to its effectiveness is in the title as it has a very high proportion of whole dried mealworms included in the overall blend. Like maggots, casters and earthworms, mealworms are a rich source of natural protein and carp find them irresistible. You can buy live mealworms from pet stores or from Haith's® and they too are very effective, however, for the purposes of this article I am going to concentrate on the dried product. There are a couple of methods you can use with this product and the first is as a straight forward loose feed groundbait. Simply mix the Crumble 50/50 with an equal amount of breadcrumb then add water to arrive at the consistency you want and form into large groundbait balls.

Mealworm Crumble
Live Mealworms

A useful alternative is to make Mealworm Crumble paste. To do this break two or three eggs into a bowl and add a couple of teaspoons of Green Lipped Mussel Extract. Blend in the extract then add the Crumble until you arrive at a stiff paste, one that can be formed into quite tough little balls of paste. The paste can either be used as it is, as a form of soft un-boiled bait, or you can mould it around a hookbait method feeder or specialist lead such as the new one from Fox. Finally you can even make boilies by simply boiling the paste balls for a couple of minutes.

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