Let’s have a look at the question is freeze dried Ragworm any good as bait.
Given my experience trialling different types of lesser used baits I still have high hopes for this. Getting hold of it is also easy enough. It mat not be the “go to” bait but is it something you can use in a pinch. We have all been there, weather and tide is spot on. You have an unplanned opportunity to go fishing and freezer is empty. Local shops are out or closed, will freeze dried Ragworm fill the gap?
The packets says Lugworm but it looks like rage to me, either way let’s give it a whirl. As usual when testing various baits I’ll use another rod on more traditional offerings.
Freeze-dried ragworm can be a viable bait option for shore fishing in the UK, offering several advantages that make it attractive to anglers. Ragworms are a popular and effective bait for various fish species found in UK waters, and freeze-drying can preserve many of the desirable qualities of live ragworms. Here are some considerations:
- Convenience: One of the primary benefits of using freeze-dried ragworm is its convenience. Freeze-dried bait is easy to store, has a longer shelf life compared to live bait, and doesn’t require the same level of care and attention as live worms.
- Availability: Freeze-dried ragworm is available year-round, which can be especially advantageous when live bait may be scarce or challenging to obtain. This makes it a reliable option for anglers who want to be prepared for fishing trips without relying on the availability of live bait.
- Durability: Freeze-dried bait tends to be more durable than live bait, as it is not subject to decay, becoming limp, or escaping from the hook. This durability can be beneficial when dealing with fish that might strip softer baits quickly.
- Attractiveness: While freeze-dried bait may not replicate the exact scent and movement of live ragworms, it still retains some level of attractiveness. The scent and appearance can entice fish, especially if properly rehydrated or combined with other natural attractants.
- Cost-Effectiveness: Freeze-dried bait can be a cost-effective alternative to live bait, especially when considering its longer shelf life and the ability to buy in bulk. Anglers can potentially save money in the long run by opting for freeze-dried options.
However, it’s important to note that while freeze-dried ragworm can be effective, it may not completely replace the appeal of live bait, especially for certain species that are particularly responsive to the scent and movement of live prey. Additionally, some anglers argue that certain predatory fish, like bass, may prefer the real thing.
Before heading out, it’s advisable to experiment with freeze-dried ragworm alongside other bait options to determine its effectiveness based on the specific fishing conditions, target species, and angler preferences. Always follow local regulations and guidelines regarding the use of bait to ensure a sustainable and responsible fishing experience.
I have used it when targetting mini species with good success, I’m hesitant to use for beach casting due to its constancy and would use a lot to fill a hook.