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Posted: Wed Sep 28, 2011 7:28 pm
by brickyian
hello guys i'm new to sea fishing and the site,i'v just been reading on some sites whether or not you can use earthworms as bait, please don't laugh,i just wondered if any of you have tried them.

Posted: Wed Sep 28, 2011 7:49 pm
by manic_muppet
Hi, rumour is they are ok for flatties, usually in estuaries where they get washed out from the bank. Can't say if they would work from the beach..Cheers.Mick

Posted: Wed Sep 28, 2011 9:00 pm
by rabbi2
They certainly do work for flatties but you must change the worms regular as the salt bleaches them very quickly.
keith :D :D

Posted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 6:49 am
by flattiefanatic
Echo what has been said. I have had flounder and eels on them in the humber estuary. ;)

Re: bait

Posted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:19 am
by Ilurvmatthayes
brickyian wrote:hello guys i'm new to sea fishing and the site,i'v just been reading on some sites whether or not you can use earthworms as bait, please don't laugh,i just wondered if any of you have tried them.
Where you are in Hythe you dont want to be using earthworms- plenty suppliers of bait where you are- lug (think they call them commons in Kent), fresh blacks, squid and bluey will see you ok for winter whiting and cod which is the main species down there over winter.

You said you're a beginner- Mick's tackle shop in Hythe is a good place to start- you'll get good bait and plenty of advice from the owner who funnily enough is called Mick


Posted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 10:02 am
by dontcatchmuch
hi ian
i dito all that has been said re the earthworms , with one exseption and that is the point that ilmh said about using them at hythe . this is why
last year on one visit there me and a mate tried every bait you could think of and had not one bite untill i remembered some earthworms i had left in my box from a sesh the day before on the thames estaury . so i put one on to the laughter of my nate but it soon stop cos within 5 mins there was the first of three flounders i had .the next time i went there i used them and had seven yting with four of them being of keeper size .i have also had small bass from the thames estuary on them . i do agree that lug worm / squid and fish baits are better for sea fishing in genaral but dont be affraid to try the out of the normal baits. i would say that i agree with keith about having to change earthworms more often though. hope this is of help. oh and welcome to the forum look forward to your reports
cheers steve

Posted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 11:11 am
by Ilurvmatthayes
Beg to differ DCM

I've tried pittling into the wind with earthworms at the hythe for 8 hours - got not a bite- switched to blacklug and fresh yellowtails and caught a 10lb cod immediately followed by a 6lber then a 5lber plus scores of whiting.

Flounder or 10lb cod? no contest although personally I'd use big bunches of maddies if I were targetting flounders at the Hythe.

PS- Where at the Hythe did you catch those fish on earthworms?

Posted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 3:23 pm
by dontcatchmuch
hi ilmh
you can beg to differ as much as you like and you can put up you
couaght 20 10lb cod it makes no differance to me this topic is not about one upmanship ie your fish were bigger than mine and sugesting that im a lier as it seems to me you are iin your reply it is about a new member and someone new to sea fishing asking for advice which is what i done re my own exsoireances at hythe and the thames estuary . to where at hythe i was fishing it was next to where the boat are on the shingle when i used earthworm both times .
i dont intend in making this a slaning match between us so as a mod on this site i ask that you pm me if you have anything further to say on this matter.
thank you dontcatchmuch

Posted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 3:46 pm
by Ilurvmatthayes
Pulling rank eh, I thought this was a friendly site.

All I'm saying is I had success with proper sea bait when earthworms caught nothing - no different to what you did in your post

I'm not suggesting you're a liar, merely asking where on the Hythe you caught those fish with earthworm so I'll know to give some a try if I get pegged in a match where you were fishing.

As Manic said they can work for flounders in estuaries but certainly arent an ideal bait for open water beaches like Princes Parade. Fair enough if you've caught a few flounders there on earthworm once or twice good for you but as the OP is a beginner it is fair to point him in the right direction of using the established baits used by anglers who fish Princes Parade regularly- rest assured they dont use earthworms.

Nothing will put off a beginner more than blanking time and time again which is why I pointed the OP in the direction of Mick's tackle who has a wealth of knowledge of the local area and is always willing to give advice.

No slanging match here. I prefer to keep things public thank you as I've got nothing to hide. Tight Lines.

Posted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 4:16 pm
by rabbi2
The original question was "can you use earthworms for flatties"

The short answer is Yes.

keith :D :D

Posted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 4:17 pm
by dontcatchmuch
hi ilmh
not pulling rank mate my post as are all mods post subject to scrutiny by other mods and admin
as for mick and paula very helpfull top folk and stock good bait
as to the normal sea fishing baits i agree there normaly best which i do use most of the time.
cheers steve

Posted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 5:28 pm
by Ilurvmatthayes
It's Pauline- you can get into trouble using the wrong ladies name- :D

Posted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:16 pm
by brickyian
thanks very much everybody for the advice,i'll pop in micks for down hythe on sunday and maybe give the garden a quick dig lol