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    Tools for digging

    Hi all,

    I want to start collecting my own bait, to add another skill to my fishing.

    First and foremost, what are the best tools to equip myslef with? Will any garden fork do or does it have to be specially adapted?

    Secondly, what are the best places to dig...I guess that shallow sandy beaches are best for lugowrm, but what abot ragworm? Are there any clues that canbe seen on the surface for the presence of ragworm and what are generally the best areas to dig them?

    Thanks in advance for your help

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattyn View Post
    Hi all,

    I want to start collecting my own bait, to add another skill to my fishing.

    First and foremost, what are the best tools to equip myslef with? Will any garden fork do or does it have to be specially adapted?

    Secondly, what are the best places to dig...I guess that shallow sandy beaches are best for lugowrm, but what abot ragworm? Are there any clues that canbe seen on the surface for the presence of ragworm and what are generally the best areas to dig them?

    Thanks in advance for your help
    The most efficient way to collect lug is with a pump, that can be bought from most tackle shops, the stainless pumps are much better than the copper ones and are worth every penny.A lug spade is the second choice, the blade on these is very narrow and not very long ( to avoid digging more sand than needed).
    As for digging rag if its reds?maddies then these can be dug in harbours and estuaries,a good strong fork and some gloves (to protect hands from the smell of the mud) will be needed, but you might find that people are a bit secretive about where to collect thes from.

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    ive just used garden fork, had no probs

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    (to protect hands from the smell of the mud) do you orso use gloves for baitting up as ive heard king rag can take a hell of a chunk out of you ??
    My friends take the p$ss because i cant cast straight.
    I take the p$ss out of them because they cant cast around corners !!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cornishfisherman View Post
    (to protect hands from the smell of the mud) do you orso use gloves for baitting up as ive heard king rag can take a hell of a chunk out of you ??
    If you dug reds in the places i do you would only make the mistake of not wearing gloves once, no matter how much you wash your hands the smell stays with you for a few days,the missus gets really anti and sandwiches take on a strange taste.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cornishfisherman View Post
    (to protect hands from the smell of the mud) do you orso use gloves for baitting up as ive heard king rag can take a hell of a chunk out of you ??
    The thick welders type gloves are best for protection against the savage flesh eating mother dockers!!!!

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    A potato fork is a good tool for digging worms in sand or better still a pump.
    A lot of diggers used to use a garden spade with the blade cut down to look like a rounded arrow head but most have now gone over to using pumps.
    As to using welders gloves for maddies, just the job! thats what I used to use
    Not just the smell but some protection from all be nasties living in the goop they live in and also for the broken glass and rusty bits of junk I would find
    Target for THIS AND LAST winter; a cod too big to fit in a carrier bag.

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    Thanks for the replies.....gotta get myself down the local garden centre now for a potato fork and some industrial strength gloves

    Looking forward to collecting my own bait

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    Sorry, just one more question,

    when digging rags, do they leave any tell tale signs on the surface, or is it just a case of finding a likely looking area and digging away?

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    You'll often see them under the rocks before they shoot off down their burrows...and yes they can be quick, lol.
    If theres rag about, you'll see the signs, surface tracks/burrows in the mud under the rocks, or even just plain holes if they worm has gone straight down instead of across the surface for a bit before burrowing. These holes though.....could be anything, not always worm burrows



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