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Post by richcherr on Thu Sep 24, 2009 10:20 am

Hello all,

does anyone have any tried and tested methods for toughening worms (lobs) for the hook? i have tried moss (but i'm not sure i did it right) and also Isaac Walton's method of mixing moss with brickdust. this just killed them, i dont think there were many chemicals in 17th Century bricks. any advice would be great.

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Re: scouring/toughening worms for the hook?

Post by Trash on Thu Sep 24, 2009 1:03 pm

ive never tried it with worms but maybe substituting brick dust for sand may work? scratch would toughen them without drying them out.
on the rare occasion i want to toughen my maggots up i use sand
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Post by blower on Thu Sep 24, 2009 1:39 pm

you could try damp sawdust and sand mixed. normally i would hook the lob worm through the saddle and use a small piece of elastic band nicked on to the hook after the worm to hold it in place. this should hold the worm on for good length of time.if im useing redworms i tip them with a maggot to stop them coming off.
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Post by sardarel on Thu Sep 24, 2009 2:48 pm

richcherr wrote:Hello all,

does anyone have any tried and tested methods for toughening worms (lobs) for the hook? i have tried moss (but i'm not sure i did it right) and also Isaac Walton's method of mixing moss with brickdust. this just killed them, i dont think there were many chemicals in 17th Century bricks. any advice would be great.

cheers rich c

Toughening worms or otherwise known as conditioning.. the best way I have ever known for doing this is by wrapping the worms in damp newspaper and leaving them like it for 2 weeks.. periodically changing the paper etc...

they become a lot tougher and somewhat bigger.. scratch

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Post by Stotty on Thu Sep 24, 2009 5:17 pm

sardarel wrote:
richcherr wrote:Hello all,

does anyone have any tried and tested methods for toughening worms (lobs) for the hook? i have tried moss (but i'm not sure i did it right) and also Isaac Walton's method of mixing moss with brickdust. this just killed them, i dont think there were many chemicals in 17th Century bricks. any advice would be great.

cheers rich c

Toughening worms or otherwise known as conditioning.. the best way I have ever known for doing this is by wrapping the worms in damp newspaper and leaving them like it for 2 weeks.. periodically changing the paper etc...

they become a lot tougher and somewhat bigger.. scratch


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Re: scouring/toughening worms for the hook?

Post by richcherr on Thu Sep 24, 2009 6:37 pm

great advice from the forum as usual, i will do an experiment with the newspaper and sand and report back. cheers lads.
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