Digging for Lugworms

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Digging Lugworms Morecambe Bay
Digging Lugworms Morecambe Bay
Lugworms Morecambe Bay
Digging Lugworms Morecambe Bay
Worm Casts Morecambe Bay

Reputedly one of the best baits for fishing due to it's smell, taste and constituent parts the lugworm is ever popular with local fishermen and women.

A native of the area, large numbers proliferate on the Morecambe Bay mudflats. At low tide thousands of worm casts disrupt the muddy surface and give away the prey.


Some areas are more productive than others in the Bay, they are also less remote and safer. In the video, Geoff is digging close to the Boating Lake near Princes Crescent in Bare.

Thousands of good sized worm casts (swirls of mud) are visible close to the shoreline and the mud is relatively sound. Generally the larger the worm cast the more mature and sizable to lugworm. When it is physical work it is useful to maximise your returns.

The tidal flow locally produces fairly flat mudflats with a high degree of sand and these are interwoven with streams that help drain much of the surface water.


A good fork and a little technique gets diggers a long way. By piling mud you can prevent water draining back into the dug hole, so your fork can still work the compacted sand and mud and you can easily spot the worms. You can either dig elongated trenches or dig a patch and back fill, the latter will leave the surface less disrupted though with both the ground will quickly recover when the tide returns.



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