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what do people find the best way to keep lug? shallow trays of sea water or not? how long should they stay alive
 

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what do people find the best way to keep lug? shallow trays of sea water or not? how long should they stay alive
Yes shallow stainless steel trays 1/4 inch of seawater and this is critical 2 degrees c,i can keep em for 4/5 weeks if i got to but change the water every day,the longer you keep em the more watery they get,but bait is bait.Aj.
 

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When you dig em,put them into a bucket of water as you dig,best on a not too hot a day...better in the morning /evening in hot weather. Dont keep any split/gutted worm in with the whole ones.

When home I put mine in paper for a day in the fridge in trays trying to not let em touch.

The next day remove any blown ones.

Then put them in the fridge in trays of water an inch deep,the water should be kept in the fridge first,plus have some spare water in the fridge(so its the same temp)

Check the worm daily/every other day and remove any dead ones.

Put the worm on paper daily(or every other day works for me with fresher worm)...empty n clean the trays and put in some fresh water ,put the worms back in (remove any that look blown first).Try not to touch the worm at all,more tip em gently.

The blow lug can be kept for weeks like this, the better the qaulity of the water the better the worms will be.

The worms can last weeks with no airator.

Any showing the first signs of blowing (not blown completely), can be gutted n salted,gut em,dry em,salt em ,remove excess salt,wrap in clingfilm and put in the fridge,theyll last months.
 

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In my opinion lugworm are best fished within a couple of hours of being dug. Dig them at low water then use them on the same tide as it floods. I find that keeping them in layers covered by a couple of inches of fairly damp sand inside a large bucket works well. In the warmer months I stand the bucket on top of two freezer-packs, which are placed inside a plastic bag for carrying.

Tight Lines.
 
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