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Finding the perfect specimens

Finding the perfect Lobworms can be a bit of a hassel at times especially the night before you plan to go fishing! There are many ways to collect lobworms one of which is to go out in the garden at night when they are above the ground which makes things much easier than using a spade and digging up the garden. After a good down poor when the weather is warm you can expect a bumper collection of Lobs as the conditions are perfect.

The tools you will need to collect your specimen lobs are:

1x Head torch with some red polythene over the lens
1x bucket or container with a lid
Moss or shredded news paper to keep the worms covered

 
 





 

Now you will have to be able to go into stealth mode to catch the worms or they will burrow into the ground out of reach before you even see them. The best thing to do is be very quiet and tread as softly as possible so your vibrations do not warn the monster wrigglers off. You will need to crouch down very low so you can get ready to grab the unsuspecting worms. Once you see one in the wet grass you will then notice lots more as your eyes focus in on them, be quick though or they will dissapear. Some of the worms will be easy to pick up but others will bury themselves in their hole, you will not be able to get them out again without breaking them. The reason they dissapear so quickly is due to the fact that one end of the body is already down the hole making an easy escape route if in danger. You can try placing your fingers towards the end of the worm that is in the hole and it should relax, making it easier pull out. Once you have mastered te art of collecting worms you will have free bait whenever you need it!

Other methods of collecting worms include:
Laying a wet towel on the grass at night and in the morning the worms will have collected there ready for you to place in a bucket and go fishing!
Pouring washing up water on the grass will bring the worms to the surface too but they must be rinsed off asap in clean water.
You can also try tapping the ground to simulate rain or sticking a garden fork in the ground and hitting it with a rubber hammer, the vibrations will send the worms up. I have not tried this method but have seen it done whilst watching a worm harvest championship once on TV, one of those days when you have 100s of channels of crap to choose from!

Keeping your worms in top condition

There are a few ways to look after your worms once you have collected them, they are as follows:

Keeping them in plenty of damp moss is my favoured approach as they seem to always appear in top condition. The moss helps them to retain all the natural goodness they need to be healthy specimens, it even makes them go much plumper and the skins toughen up a great deal too. I place six decent size lobs in a bait box filled with moss and damp shredded paper then pop it in a fridge to keep them nice and cool. The worms last for ages in this way but I only tend to keep a few boxes at a time as I tend to think that if the worm is not in the garden it will not be laying any eggs for future Lobs.

Another type of bedding to use for the worms is shredded newspaper damped down with rainwater and a few tea leaves from a used teabag. You can then store the worms in the same way as above or in one big bucket with a lid. You must remember to put some small holes in the lid for air and keep your worms in a cool place or they will not be happy!

You can create yourself a wormery if you have the green fingers of a gardener. Glen has a few wormeries going and breeds some monster lobs that are second to none and the cats absolutely love them, only once have we blanked on them in several sessions! Glen uses a container filled with compost and adds a variety of vegetable peelings at certain times depending on how many worms are in the container and how much they eat. I have tried this approach myself but the worms all seem to go down hill and end up smaller than when I put them in, my fingers are not green it seems!

Other methods include burying a bucket in the ground and placing your worms in rotted leaf matter, keeping them in a mixture of damp chipped bark and compost and also vermiculite insulation! I am sure there are plenty of other ideas out there, if anyone has any please let us know.

 

 

Tips

Try pooring washing up water on the grass as this may help to drive the worms out of their holes.

Always tread carefully when on the hunt for lobworms.

Look under any objects that may be wet or damp, under bricks, paving slabs, plastic sheeting etc.

Look for worms on your way home from the Pub if it has been raining, as long as you have not had too many you will see them on the tarmac!



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