Blow lugworm are smaller than ragworm. They can be found and dug on sandy beeches using a standard garden fork. Their body is made up of a rounded thick main body with bristly gills down one side and a much thinner tail section. Colour is usually brownish, although in some regions they can be a reddish, and in others darker to the point that they are almost black
Below is a list of the most common baits used on the Bristol Channel
1) Gemini bait quick clip 2) Gemini Main Swivel 3) Snood 45lb Swivel 4) size 2/0-4/0 Hook 5) Sequin and stop knot/ power gum 6) size 2-1/0 Hook
7) SRT Spring 8) Cascade swivel All beads used are 3-5mm placed in areas to either stop knots jamming or for trapping snood swivels.
Note:There are many more rigs that you can use on the Bristol channel and I am constantly trying new things. The above selection is a general indication as to what are proven and I can honestly say work for me (well in between the blanks off course).
SET UP 1 (Clean/Mixed)
RODS - Shaksphere K2 Team/ Shimano Speedcast 15ft
REELS - Shimano Aerlex/ Beastmaster 7000 series
LINE - 16lb Asso Hardskin
RIGS - Flappers, Loop, Bomber and Clipped
LEADER - 18-70lb Varivas tapered leaders
WEIGHTS - Breakaway 4-6oz
SET UP 1 (Mixed/Rough ground)
RODS - FOX Diablo HG 13ft 6in/ Century Carbon Metal 13ft 6in
REELS - Akios 656 ctm/ Daiwa Sl20sh
LINE - Teklon Gold or currently trying Rovex 10x minimum breaking strain 20lb but I think 25lb is better on reefs
RIGS - Pulleys either straight, pennel or wishbone
LEADER - 60lb Min
WEIGHTS - Breakaway 5/6oz
The Bristol Channel needs to be fished with care. With one of the worlds quickest tidal range, it always pays to seek advice if you are thinking off fishing new marks. Plan the fishing window and don't stay beyond the recommended time (mainly reef fishing) as many people each year depend on the RNLI as they have found themselves at the mercy of the Bristol channel
Regarding the different types of sea beds i.e clean/ mixed and rough ground available it is possible that you may want to change your equipment accordingly. Personally I like to do this as I feel you can gain from going equipped with a set up that optimizes performance, gives maximum fishing experience and most importantly, is up for the job!!
I have listed below the typical set up that I like to use and why. Like most anglers and like most fishing I have found that there is no real right or wrong, just tailor what suits for the individual, so what I am saying is this is what I like but this may be different for the next angler you talk too. As long as you have a rod 12ft+ with a backbone (general 4-8oz is fine), a reel spooled with 15lb minimum line then you are half way there.
Peeler crab have a well-deserved reputation as one of the finest sea angling baits. The most sought after fish in British waters such as bass, large cod and rays and bull huss can all be tempted with peeler crab
Mackerel is a small migratory, predatory fish which comes to UK waters in the summer months where it provides excellent sport for anglers using light tackle. However, as it is an oily fish it also makes a great bait for shore angling all year round.
Maddies or sand rag are a match man's dream, these little creatures are great for snatching small fish out, a top bait for flounders and often used in the summer for mullet. They are like very small rag if you have not seen them before and are normally found in creeks and muddy rivers.
A species that is so commonly eaten by fish therefore makes an excellent sea fishing bait. There are two kinds of sandeel in UK waters. The small lesser sandeel and the larger greater sandeel (Launce). The lesser sandeel is the most commonly used as bait throughout Britain.
Traditional Squid means that when it is caught it is cleaned with jets of water to remove any dirt or seaweed, as well as the natural slime which covers the body of the squid in order to and get the squid into a condition which is attractive to consumers. Dirty squid, however, are treated differently once they are caught. Usually they are frozen or placed on ice straight from the sea – there is no cleaning, processing or washing of the squid keeping scent as natural as possible.
Black lugworm are generally much larger than blow lugworm, growing 40-50cm in length. They are thicker than blow lug, and also lack the separate tail section. Being named black lug they are unsu dark in colour, ranging from black to dark brown, although occasionally they can be a much lighter reddish colour.
Although there are several different kinds of ragworm the most common, and the most popular to use as bait, is the king ragworm Generally found in mixed ground areas. Ranging in colour from reddish brown to black, ragworm have hundreds of small legs running down the side of their body and are also armed with pincers that are capable of giving a painful nip to an unwary angler.
Bluey is a bait which has become immensely popular in UK sea fishing in recent years, and has been heavily hyped online and by the angling press. Bluey is a very good and versatile bait. From my experience Bluey's can out fish mackerel on the basis that more oil is present in the flesh. The downside is though that they are more expensive to buy.