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#1 MCRobbie

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Posted April 24 2011 - 6:41 PM

Not looking to spot burn sand worm locales! This is a question about how to dig for them and what signs to look for. Ive got a clamming license which allows for the taking of sea worms and would love to learn how to look for them and whats the best way to dig them. Id find them when clamming for soft shells years ago but its been awhile since Ive gotten out there and Ive never targeted them specifically. If anyone has some suggestions it would be much appreciated!


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Posted April 24 2011 - 7:08 PM

Would love to get some myself. Seems around this time of year I can find them flipping rocks at low tide. About 1 every 4 rocks. not exactly fast and furious


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Posted April 24 2011 - 7:10 PM

For what they cost at the bait shop....one worm every 4 rocks dont sound so bad


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Posted April 24 2011 - 7:20 PM

I think it's all about the spot, and perhaps the time of year... I recently started quahogging with a friend of mine... while digging in a rather rocky spot for cherrystones, without much effort I found at least a half dozen SNAKES, whereas I only ever found skinny little ones when flipping rocks...
I've never found any digging in sandy spots for soft shells, but I also only ever did so during the summer months.
Either there are bigger/more of them in rockier areas, or there are more around during the colder months.
Just my very limited observations, but now that I've got my shellfishing license, I'm going to be trying for them specifically for togging bait.


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Posted May 01 2011 - 7:26 AM

Haven't done it in years, However when we did, it was low tide on a mud flat with rocks. We used pitchforks and got plenty of medium sized ones and clam worms ( i think that is what they were called) .Very long and whitish. Dynamite striper bait.

That was in New York along the shore of the East river.

Hope this helps. Tom


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Posted May 01 2011 - 8:50 AM

It helps Tom thanks for the tip.


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