Those were the days! The small one is more the size of the farmed ones we get today, which presumably are juveniles rather than a different species (I know that there are many, must look it up!) The large one was the norm when I still lived in Anglesey (1959) which was why I could cast one freelining with a spinning rod. They're no longer found in large numbers where I used to dig them. They disapeared slowly during the intervening years and last year (when I re-started, seriously) i manged just a couple. I put it down to not being there at the right Tide-time, being as how I'm a 'visitor' now. However at Christmas time I did get down early on a big tide and could not find one bubbling blow hole.
"Got to be overdigging" that's what I said, but no i was told by a tackle dealer, who used to be a marine biologist specialising in sea worms, that they would be back once the spawning time (warmish, summerish) came about. Have others found that the giants have gone elswhere?
Did you count the Bass you were going to hook when you dug a beauty? And did you, to often, finish up feeding crabs with them?!?