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Digging up sandworms

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I found a spot that's loaded with sandworms. Is there are a regulation or license for digging them? How about a location restriction?
post #2 of 14
quincy hall.. seaworm permit.. 50 cents.. get it.

pm me your spot too

cause if its one of mine.. ill clean it out. =X
post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 
50 cent per year?

What about green crabs? I didn't think those need a permit?
post #4 of 14
nope no regs on green crabs. jus no taking of egg bearers? i do not know if that excludes green crabs as they are an invasive species..

oh yeah forgot to mention. seaworm digging is regulated by town; like shellfish.. i believe boston does not have an regulations for digging. but quincy you need a permit.

50 cents for a piece of paper that expires march 31 of the current year you buy it. i scratch my head on this one too. but thats what is.. unless u are out of towner.. then it cost you 12.50
post #5 of 14
I bought a permit from Quincy Hall last year for $10. It was very easy to dig worms on the spot, probably the same you guys kept as secret . I digged the limit 50 woems for smelting, and found only one was sandworm. All the others were bloodworms but the color is between white and pink, different than the expensive bloodworms bought in bait shop. I felt that the bloodworms I digged didn't work well for smelting. What did you guys dig out, sandworms or bloodworms?
post #6 of 14
i got my worm spots.. either sandworms, blood worms, or ribbon worms.. whichever i am after.
post #7 of 14
Originally Posted by 1ife View Post
i got my worm spots.. either sandworms, blood worms, or ribbon worms.. whichever i am after.

what does the blood worm look like? the color? do u think it is good for smelting?
post #8 of 14

blood worm^


ribbon worm^.. sorta.. this one isnt the right species but its similar looking
post #9 of 14

The first one and second look similiar. How come sand worm is darker than blood worm? The blood worms I bought from bait shop are really red with hard skin.

The shape of the last one looks like blood worm. I think that was the one I digged a lot and I suspected it was not blood worm. Someone told me it was. If I opened some stone on the beach, don't need to be low tide, I could find a lot of them. They are short with hard smooth skin. So, I got the wrong worm

I probably won't dig again this year, just want to know the difference.
post #10 of 14
there are many types of worms out there.. just notice the "legs" on the worms.. theres a chance u may be getting legless worms which are generally hard and not very flexible when they don't want to be.

sandworms are sea worms you buy at the bait shop. they are generally green or red depending on where they come from. blood worms are pink or white. Note. mouth parts differ, sand worms have 2 hooks that protrude from a separate muscle near the head. Blood worms have 4 hooks that protrude from what looks like their stomach or intestine.. rather than a mouth. milky ribbon worms break apart and are white and pink... they have no visible hooks.. they tend to have a long tongue.

blood worms and sands range from small to 15 inches.. ribbon worms generally exceed the 24 inch mark.

most shops around new england do not sell blood worms.. ny and south do.

as for smelt bait. what is a smelt don't b lazy and stick to grass shrimp
post #11 of 14
OK! 49 of 50 I got were no legs, just like a white/pink tube. So, they were ribbon worms. Are they good for bait?

Shrimps are good for smelts, but hard to catch and keep alive. I know the shrimp spot in Quincy too . I have a secret recipe to store the the sea worm for long time, of course not live but won't change the taste, so I can freeze 5 per bag. Whenever I go smelting, just take one bag.

I fish smelt in MA, NH, and smelt camps in ME.
post #12 of 14

i found a new sea worm never scene before,no one nos what they are,i was digging claims down my beach.they are brownish yellow no legs or mouth,they move wicked slow like a slug.what the heck are these things

post #13 of 14
For edification in order to trap Green crabs one needs a permit from the DMF it is free and all you need to do is call in your name. They will send you out the permit good for ever you decide to trap them.
post #14 of 14
Keeping worms alive can be a challenge, but if placed in Buss bedding, moist with salt water and in a wood or styrofoam box and the correct refridgerator temp[46 to 49 degrees. you can keep them for up to three weeks. Just do not overload the container you choose to use.
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