Neither. Chicken Hearts are my new favorite bait. You can cut a heart in small pieces and catch 40 bream on it because it stays on the hook longer than wigglers or crickets. And when I can get 3000 hearts for $20, the price is right too.
i have 2 old army footlockers I use for worm beds each has a good 3000 or so worms each have been using this for about 3 weeks now. but I still relay on the crickets from time ot time theres no telling what them breams are wanting to bite on from day to day. I also and goingot start my own meal worm farm kinda sorta have ot see how this little test i have works out.
But to sum it all up for you I use mostly red worms.
Crickets never fail but I like Meal worms. You can get the giant worms for 10.00 per thousand plus mail. Catalpa worms when, I have them, turned inside out. So! if I could use only one bait it would be Crickets. Second, would be Catalpa worms next would be Meal worms. Red worms would be last.
i cant believe you left out catalpa worms! not only do bream luv em' but so does everything else. of course if you cant get those, then definitely crickets for 1-5 (or with kids) and worms for the deeper stuff.
A few weeks ago I couldn't get a bream to touch a worm, luckily I had crickets at the time because they tore them up. Then a few days ago they were eating crickets and worms, I guess it just depends on what they want at the time. Most of the time I use worms because they stay on the hook much better and live longer.
My wife has a thing about worms ( may have to do with three brothers growing up:roll_eyes: ) so we fish with crickets. Everybody loves crickets (Bream, crappie, cats, it dosen't matter). So when she is onboard the bug wins. Other times its what I have available, it may be bread balls, so I guess it is whatever works at the time.