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    Default Worm hunting tips?

    We only have a small patch of lawn but last night I went out with the head torch and spotted dozens and dozens of lobs. I managed to capture a grand total of two. They are so wary it made stalking for shy chub look easy. My other problem is pulling them from the hole, they always seem like they are going to break. What am I doing wrong?

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    Default Re: Worm hunting tips?

    I used to gather lots like this, I found it best not to use a bright torch, as that would make them retract very quickly, move very quietly as there very sensitive to vibration, and grip them for a few seconds till they relax, and then you can slowly pull them out.

    Just a matter of practicing till you get the hang of it, used to get lots like this, if there were plenty, waterproof pants and stopping on your knees, was a help in avoiding backache too.

    I found a head torch best to keep both hands free, trap the worm with one finger, and then pull out it with the other hand.

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    Catching lobworms is better than catching fish! Tread lightly, torch not too bright, wait until full dark, best when no wind and grass wet and grass not too long. Be systematic, walk up and down in rows and not all over, grip the worm using thumb and fore and middle fingers, don't pull too hard be patient, don't be tempted to water lawn with wading up liquid in the water.

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    Default Re: Worm hunting tips?

    If you plan on using a lot of lob worms or red worms then maybe consider making a wormery?

    They are reasonably readily available and you can find them on t'internet

    Scholars have long known that fishing eventually turns men into philosophers.

    Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to buy decent tackle on a philosopher's salary. ~

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    I agree with all advice so far, my tips are use a head torch with a red filter, and as your fingers get slimy dip them in sandy soil, it improves the grip, try putting a finger on the tail of the worm at the hole to prevent it retreating then with the other hand grasp the worm and gently pull. Worm hunting is nearly as much fun as fishing, explaining to the constabulary why you’re crawling around the cricket field in the rain muttering “ Gotcha you slippery, ba****d” at midnight, isn’t!


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    Default Re: Worm hunting tips?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Jacobs View Post
    If you plan on using a lot of lob worms or red worms then maybe consider making a wormery?

    They are reasonably readily available and you can find them on t'internet
    It's the big lobs I'm after Peter. I once heard it takes them a surprising number of years to reach full size. Besides, the lawn is full of the slippery devils, I just need to improve my skills using some of the tips on here.

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    Default Re: Worm hunting tips?

    I'm far from capable to catch my own, tackle shop has them in their fridge. Last I bought were three years ago, If I remember right they were 6 quid for 1/4 a kilo.

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    Only shop we have here is AD rayner. £2.50 for ten worms last time I coughed up. Seeing all those worms disappearing last night was like finding a tenner but it keeps blowing away when you go to pick it up.

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    Default Re: Worm hunting tips?

    Roger Johnson 2 is spot on. Red head torch. Tread lightly. Finger over entry point to lawn. Hold but dont pull with other hand . Ease out when they relax.

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    A tip from a recent gardeners world programme ...

    Mix a small very amount of mustard powder in a watering can and pour that mixture on the lawn / ground.

    The mustard powder irritates the worms and they come to the surface.

    Got to be worth a go ?

    Steve
    Ruffy

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