By Paul Shenton



Rag worm will catch many of the species that roam our shoreline and again is readily available from bait shops but is also possible to collect you own. To buy from a dealer is by far the easiest way. Some, as with the lug worm, have diggers to collect them for sale, whilst others order them from farms which breed them for use in fishing. Expect to pay around £3 for a quarter of worms.        



The king rag as it's known can grow very large in size, making them a formidable predator within the estuary mud. It is here you need to look for the tell tale signs if rag are present. A small hole will give away their location. It can be very messy digging your own but the only tool you will need is a sturdy fork. The king rag vary in size, larger specimens are ideal for Bass, Cod and larger species.


The small rag known as Maddies or Harbour rag are an ideal bait for smaller species, numerous worms can be threaded up the hook to provide more scent for bigger fish if you feel confident there are larger specimens in the area


Another form of rag worm is the white rag; this lively worm is rarely sold in shops and is difficult to get hold of. If you're lucky enough to find locations where these can be dug I would keep them to yourself. White rag used as a cocktail with king rag can be devastating in the form of fish on the bank. Many match anglers use these when the going is tough and many a match has been won when very little has been taken on other baits


The method of hooking rag is the same as lug. Thread the worm up the hook and pull the point out, take care with King rag they have a hefty set of pinchers in their mouth.




King Ragworm

White Ragworm

Harbour Ragworm