This is a quick ‘How to’ when it comes to preserving beach worms. Beach worms can at times be difficult to catch and or expensive to buy. So, from time to time when the weather changes or the fish aren’t around then you’re left with a bunch of live worms. So, I recommend to follow the next few steps so they won’t go to waste;
Step 1; Make the solution, my method is 80% methylated sprits and 20% salt water in a plastic bucket or similar. The solution will turn a cloudy white colour. I recommend making a new solution each time for best results.
Step 2; Live worms into the solution for 10 minutes.
Step 3; Remove and dry. Dry properly either drip dry and or pat down with paper towel
Step 4; When dried properly then put the worms through cool dry beach sand. Ocean beach sand is best. Quarter fill a plastic container with sand, place say 10 worms in and fill with sand. The sand stops the worms clumping together which will be of benefit when attempting to use them at a later date.
Step 5; Place in the freezer, the worms will last indefinitely.
Using the worms: When you plan to fish simply remove the worms that morning, they are not fully frozen due to the metho solution. The metho will dissipate almost immediately once the worm hits the salt water. The advantage of this form of preserving as opposed to salting is the worm doesn’t dry and become as tough.
Hope this helps.