I think you will find that this is because this is the time of year during which they spawn. I may be wrong of course.strange that cos i got some off ebay when putting them on a hook they had yellow milkyish stuff comming out tho i did still catch
the rag them selvs were red belly with green ontop
I pay a bit extra for the local and may try digging myself at some point. All I was asking was if others have had the same experience with simular rag that is generally sold in peat. The juice aspect is unmistakable.
I do see that what might be called farmed bait is needed too. What I can't help wondering about though is why bait isn't farmed here too.
It is, there are two farms in England, one in Newcastle area and one in south Wales.
Therefore you have no idea how much farmed bait has been used in this country without any one knowing........
And ok it would also be sensible to not over dig the fields. Lug have suffered badly from that. Many anglers buy or dig far too much bait. One can reckon on a worm every 20mins. In practice it usually works out longer than that especially out of the peak fishing periods around high and low water.
Are you seriously saying that you use 3 worms an hour.........
If you are then with due respect you need to reaccess your fishing techniques.
The only time I have ever used 3 worms an hour, is when I have fallen asleep for an hour or gone to the pub, or used mackerel strip, lol!!!
I can't go along with the clean rivers bit. They have been a around a lot longer than we have been polluting river water etc.
I have also fished with much better rag and lug in the past that I am sure came from europe. The odd thing about that rag was that the juices were clear. It was also prepared by the guy who sold it but I have no idea what he did it. It was well known on the Bristol Channel for catching fish as was his lug. (Providing it was ordered)
This all leaves me with the gut feeling that the choice of what I will call Dutch bait is purely commercial.
Can you tell me whether your bait you use would have been dug, or farmed in this country or where ever.
AS a thought you may find that the "dutch rag" could be Seabait rag or the welsh farmed stuff.No tony - I don't go in for neck slapping - the wife is better all round. I'm tempted to add either way but I'm sure some would get that the wrong way round.
Jax by the look of the pictures I'm not convinced that those are the dutch rag i'm referring too. Maybe you can help - are they filled with lots of runny juice or something a lot thicker?
HI Jax,Actually I have never come across rags filled with a runny fluid here in Holland.
I have gotten them from at least 10 different shops over the years and they were always the firm ones.
Maybe the runny ones are all exported, or maybe they don't even originate from here to begin with. It wouldn't surprised me.