BEACH WORMING – OVERVIEW
So, here’s a very quick overview of how too; I have been worming since I was 10 years old so I know what I’ve been taught, which I’d like to share. There are other methods which will all work and like any foam of fishing/bait gathering we can always learn. Although, this will work.
Basically, the stink bait is old fish (I like stingrays the best- any frames will work) use this bait to send a scent through the water which the worm will smell and rise too. Stocking, fish keeper bags whatever works. Start working at half- tide to low, targets banks and edges of gutters. At the very bottom of the tide target the shoulder of the banks where they meet the holes.
Upon smelling the “stink bait” the worm will present its head, this can be quick; pop up and down or you’ll just see a ‘V ‘in the water and the worm will stay up. The problem being that any object in the water at the time will present as a ‘V”, example; being small pipis. So, try to worm in an area clear of debris.
Once the worm presents to the ‘stink bait’ the next step is the ‘finger bait’ traditionally a pipi is used, although, Old Schoey (and my mate the Commercial Wormer) reckon that smoked kippers are the way to go. I personally like whiting or jewfish tails. Regardless, something you can hold onto that won’t fall apart. As depicted in the above picture the worm will attached itself to the finger bait, it will then arch to pull the bait down.
Worms work on scent and vibrations, they can’t see, so dress regulations are bare feet only and tread lightly, this will make a huge different. Just because you see 2 worms for example doesn’t mean there’s not 20 more there.
Ok, so the worm has presented, you have presented the finger bait, and it’s time to get the worming pilers in position, push them into the sand around the worm’s neck, then wait. Let the worm arch it’s head to pull the bait down, then close. Wait for the worm to arch.
Upon arching, close the pilers, firmly, and remove slowly. When the worm arches all the feelers turn the other way and it’s easier to remove. You can use your fingers in place of pliers, which takes a little more practise.