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 Posted: Tue Apr 15th, 2014 11:22 pm
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This is an excellent all round bait. Most fish will take this. Unfortunately it is more effort to get then most baits I know of. Make sure that your nails are short or otherwise they act as little spades and the shells/shingle will move in under your nails. I remember the first time I dug worm my fingers went numb while digging. Well when I was finished 2 hrs later at home, the feeling to my fingertips returned. It was dam painful for the rest of the day.

Here's the type of rocks. Some places may look different.

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 Posted: Tue Apr 15th, 2014 11:25 pm
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Before digging look at the bottom of a few rocks which are wedged in the rocks and sand. You looking for a imprint of a worm. If there is a imprint then there should be worm around.

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 Posted: Tue Apr 15th, 2014 11:28 pm
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Using your hands you need to dig rather fast till you find small pieces of worm. Keep your eyes open as they might be in between the sand and shell combination you dig out. While digging keep your eyes open for more rocks with traces of worm.

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 Posted: Tue Apr 15th, 2014 11:33 pm
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While digging you should always try getting under rocks which are wedged and normaly they are against sides where the solid rock joins with the bottom. You should find pieces like these.

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 Posted: Tue Apr 15th, 2014 11:37 pm
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The worm are realy good bait. Even all the small pieces can be thread on to your line and hook. Though the bigger longer pieces or whole worm looks more attractive as a bait presentation. When you have finished Digging the worm just close the hole bore area up as much as possible as to keep the worm that stil remain in good environment for future bait colecting.

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 Posted: Tue Apr 15th, 2014 11:41 pm
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Hope this helps the new guys. This bait is very good for steenbras and grunters. As I said previously most fish will except it with pleasure. Good luck.

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 Posted: Tue Apr 15th, 2014 11:45 pm
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 Posted: Wed Apr 16th, 2014 12:21 am
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As jy die lewendige wurms binne ure nadat jy hom uitgehaal het gaan gebruik, sprinkle net n bietjie growwe sout oor hulle. Hy trek styf (no punt intended)en dit gee hom n meer ferm body en hy sit ook beter op die hoek.

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 Posted: Wed Apr 16th, 2014 07:33 am
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Hey there pirate, thanks for shring that((goodp_ive tried for those worm before with no luck but now I think I might well just find them, so the mark of the worm under the rock
Is the give away that they are there how deep must one dig and is it best collected at low tide?

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 Posted: Wed Apr 16th, 2014 08:04 am
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Hi mustbite. Yes, the marks give the areas away. For that mark to be founded you need to turn a few rocks around embedded in the sand/gravel mixture. I have gone through lot of areas in the past digging for an hour to two hours and find nothing. Then also never had an imprint of the worm. So I won't even realy bother much if I do not see that imprint in the first 10 min or so of digging. Yes, spring low is best. It's almost not possible on a neap low.
There might be a few places where one can dig on neap low though. Good luck.

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 Posted: Wed Apr 16th, 2014 09:54 am
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and struisbaai fish love that worm - with a few places in the area itself where one can collect the wonderful wondie.((goodp_

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 Posted: Wed Apr 16th, 2014 11:12 am
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Wow! This is now a good post and thank you for sharing! I always wanted to try and dig those worms but never knew how.

Last edited on Wed Apr 16th, 2014 11:16 am by Stampie

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 Posted: Wed Apr 16th, 2014 11:13 am
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Right said pirate

Another word of advice would be to use gloves when u start making ur hole and move the big rocks out the way, that way ur hands dont get sore to quickly.

I start the hole with gloves and dig deeper with the gloves on u will start seeing the pieces as u remove the sand and shell mix from the hole then u can remove the gloves and start getting the worm. I dig the hole about a foot and a half deep with gloves on and once i am at the right dept i remove my gloves and start bracking the walls of my hole into the hole that way all the sediment and worms fall into the hole and can be removed alot easier and u get bigger pieces or whole worm.

With gloves on u wont feel the worms but without gloves u feel them very quickly.

After a wile u see that u get better at it and another thing that i have found is that if there is to much sand or to little sand between the rocks the worms arent there.

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Good post!! As to the use of the worm I prefer them salted and dried over fresh. Fresh worm disappears from your hook quite fast while the dried worm stays on for very, very long increasing your chance of a hook-up. Gallies love this bait!

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Great post, now to add , for preservation, once you have your worm , dump them on some newspaper, preferably with a pic of julius malema on it, then take each worm and remove excess slime by grasping the head side between your thumb and forefinger and running your other thumb and forefinger down the worm. 2 things to be careful of, 1) the fingers you use to run down the worm should not grasp it too tightly as the worm might break, 2) watch out for the jaws when holding near the head! These critters can nip quite painfully! Lay all your de-slimed worm out on a separate piece of paper , separating heads from random pieces. Right now take some iodated sea salt and sprinkle over the worm. The will shrivel up and go hard as mentioned earlier on. Once more juice or slime has been excreted , move to a dry piece of paper. Do this 2 or 3 times. Next step is to take 500g of salt and mix it in to 1L of sea water. You can get the salt to dissolve by heating the solution on the stove. Right , wait for your water to cool to room temp, then put all your worm in the water and store in a desired container. I like to store tails and heads separately. The brine solution will preserve them for ages! The become like biltong but after a while in the sea (on your hook) tend to reconstitute to natural form and consistency. Enjoy! From pringle bay to struis there isn't a better bait imo. I've caught the following on it - gallie, stump, steenbras, Black cracker, white cracker, belman, kob, elf, geelbek , kollie aka Benna-vis, willeperd, roman and hottie. Be aware that spotties love the stuff! As do skaamies and klippies, and barble obv. Tight lines

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Very good post.

Excellent bait as the name suggest its a wonder bait.

I used to dig for them when I still fished Cape Point nature reserve.

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 Posted: Wed Apr 16th, 2014 12:06 pm
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Thanx guys. I remember once watching someone fishing, and saw the guy land a nice kob in ecape. Then next cast I see the guy landing a nice size steenbras in same spot. When and chatted to the guy and saw his bait. At that point I decided to start looking for the bait, and many times failing. Though each time I gained some experiance. Even though once you have the knowledge, it still takes the keen angler to go through all the pain and trouble to get it each time.

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 Posted: Wed Apr 16th, 2014 12:48 pm
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Great piece of Info((goodp_

Just wanted to know, what are the bag limit for this type of bait, I am stil new to all the regulations on Bait?

Cheers

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 Posted: Wed Apr 16th, 2014 12:59 pm
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Pslatarix wrote: Great post, now to add , for preservation, once you have your worm , dump them on some newspaper, preferably with a pic of julius malema on it, then take each worm and remove excess slime by grasping the head side between your thumb and forefinger and running your other thumb and forefinger down the worm. 2 things to be careful of, 1) the fingers you use to run down the worm should not grasp it too tightly as the worm might break, 2) watch out for the jaws when holding near the head! These critters can nip quite painfully! Lay all your de-slimed worm out on a separate piece of paper , separating heads from random pieces. Right now take some iodated sea salt and sprinkle over the worm. The will shrivel up and go hard as mentioned earlier on. Once more juice or slime has been excreted , move to a dry piece of paper. Do this 2 or 3 times. Next step is to take 500g of salt and mix it in to 1L of sea water. You can get the salt to dissolve by heating the solution on the stove. Right , wait for your water to cool to room temp, then put all your worm in the water and store in a desired container. I like to store tails and heads separately. The brine solution will preserve them for ages! The become like biltong but after a while in the sea (on your hook) tend to reconstitute to natural form and consistency. Enjoy! From pringle bay to struis there isn't a better bait imo. I've caught the following on it - gallie, stump, steenbras, Black cracker, white cracker, belman, kob, elf, geelbek , kollie aka Benna-vis, willeperd, roman and hottie. Be aware that spotties love the stuff! As do skaamies and klippies, and barble obv. Tight lines

Pslatarix u are 100% spot on i do the same.

The day before i go fishing i take the amount of worm that i will need out of the Brine mix and lay them out on news paper again for about 30min to remove most of the water.

Then i layer them in a plastic bankie course sea salt 1 worm, course sea salt 1 worm until the bankie is full.

This way it is alot easier to pack and carry them around than a container filled with water and after a days fishing i simply just put them back in the brine mix and next time out they are still in perfect conditions.

What i found out as well is when i go out on the reefs and do a bit of waiding the salt in the bankie prevents them form going pap and soggy as the salt does not desolve so yet again when i get back home i simply put them back in the brine mix again ready for the next outing.

just my 2c

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