A large worm, up to 20cm, living in the sand in the intertidal zones
of the beach. They are red-brown colored and live about 40cm under the
surface of the wet beach. The sandworm or lugworm is used as a populair
fishing bait to catch bass from beaches. The lugworm has many
enemies: krabs, flatfish and sea birds like the seagull,
Atlantic cod and the ragworm.
A young lugworm. The gills stick to body if the worm isn't in
the seawater. The lugworm can become 6 years old.
With thanks to Bert of Topsybaits
How to catch lugworms
If you dig up the lugworm use a garden fork and
dig a trench and work along it filling it in
as you go. This is the most economical way for
collecting lugworms. When digging lugworm, back fill
all the holes as you dig. This minimises the scar
and allows the environment to quickly recover.
If fishing in summertime, keep the lugworm out
of the sun. Hot water can make them
sluggish or even kill them. Only touch
with wet hands , to avoid removing the
worms protective slime layer.
Look for a place were there are a lot of casts on
the beach. Worms can be found between the holes and
the casts. Best time is at the end of the ebbing,
as the new tide start the worms go up in there holes.
Bad wheather (low air pressure) is a good time for digging.
Freezing wheather makes that the worms go deeper in there holes.