'The' Worm/Corn/Hemp etc


Active member
Jun 14, 2011
Noticed in my local tackle shop or on youtube videos that when people are taking hook baits they say 'the worm', 'the hemp' or 'the corn'.. . . . which sounds a little odd to me.

Is this a Fen thing or am i failing to grasp the Queens English?

After all, we dont say "please can you add 'the' corn" when ordering a sandwich at Subway. . . .

Neil ofthe nene

Doing things differently.
Site Supporter
May 4, 2009
I think it is because you are not calling something by name but describing a style of fishing. Hence to fish "the worm" indicates more than that you were fishing with worm on the hook but that you were fishing in a style with feeding and terminal tackle conducive to making the worm on the hook attractive to the fish. Fishing hemp on the hook requires a totally different approach as does corn.

Of course it could just be slang or a form of idiom.