Sandworms for the W! - NTC 3/13

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  1. robbiesmith25

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    I didn't realize today is the 13th until typing the title...I probably wouldn't have gone....
    But I sure am glad I DID!!!
    (SS would have kicked me out of MiraMesa/MiraMar "area" of town anyway.... :emoji_joy::emoji_grin:)

    Short - NTC - 1015am-230pm
    5 - SBB
    2 - Macks
    1- Hali

    Long-
    Got down there and you know.... the normal...
    Employ the white and get bit 2x on first couple casts .. swing and a miss..skunkin...then... nada....

    Nada so much, that after 2 hours... I went around the CORNER!!! all the way this time. ...
    All the way to Spanish Landing beach.... for.... NADA!!!:emoji_rage:
    I saw one area where there were some active bait fish and birds, but nothin....
    (I was throwing the chartreuse at this time...)

    Get back to original area, put the white back on and I finally connect with.... a slimy mack!
    Skunks off.. whew... that was close...
    Probably my PB Mack, was pretty big and fought hard... I did a couple 'head bob' looks to ID it right...
    ('PB Mack' :emoji_joy::emoji_joy::emoji_joy::emoji_joy:... too funny...)
    I pick up another mack after that and I'm like, "What is this just a Mack day?"

    Walk troll a little longer and pick up a shorty of a Hali, but he had good color and I appreciated the opportunity he provided me to catch something other than Macks!!:emoji_stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:

    Now time is getting short, I have about 45min left in the game, tide is almost drained out and I decide to put on a gulp sandworm..red.......

    1st cast - 12" spotty
    2nd cast - 13" spotty
    3rd cast - Big hit, fight and break off.... but damn, 3 for 3 on the casts with the Sandworm!
    I'm thinkin "OK! OK! Sandworm has it!" :emoji_thumbsup:

    Picked up another 12+" that bit on just a chunk of sandworm... hit so fast I thought I was snagged in the shallows....
    (these are all good sized fish for that spot, I'm like.... "YEAASS!!")

    I was able to get two more that weren't but maybe 10" before time ran out....

    But dang, last 30-45min with the sandworm was :emoji_fire::emoji_bangbang:

    Met with carlsbadfly today to get him his tube piece back. Nice meeting you Rob!
    Maybe some day you and Creek will have me in a tube with a fly rod!:emoji_relaxed:

    Sandworms... you guys that fish them... how do you rig it? DS Only?
    I jigheaded it today because I had nothing else tackle-wise.
    These short trips, I don't bring everything...just a small Tupperware and gulp jar....
    However, I didn't feel like the jighead was good for the worms, seemed to tear them easily.
    But... THEY GOT BIT no matter how i rigged them.. could have rigged em sideways ... sometimes pieces of them...etc...it was good fun!

    One thing I noticed, they sure bite HARD on those worms in comparison to the mullets.
    I certainly appreciated that today. Been such a "soft" bite lately...

    Thanks for reading my cool story bro...
    Lippin Macks!!!...:emoji_stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

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  2. Larry M

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    Nice job grouping the pics.
     
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    Are you using the RS Rig on those sand worms? Didn’t think they could fit on a hook like that !
     
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    fishingmissionbay (@alwaysfishingsdbay) YES! Had to go RS because that is all the gear I had w me...dropped down to the 1/4 oz for it, but ya...those hooks n worms don’t work together. But ...the spotties didn’t seem to care today...I was throwing at one point w just a chunk and got one...

    I imagine they work best DS...what size hook you guys use for DS sandworms?
     
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    Just watched a guy on YouTube - double dropper loop the sandworms.

    He DRIES THEM OUT! They last a lot longer! They are a little more rubbery ....

    Wouldn’t be good for the mullets, but I definitely see it apply to the sandworms.
    Anyone do this?
     
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    I fish the sandworm on a drop shot rig. Works very well!
     
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    Fish crack!!! I have caught them on a jighead, but they really are better on a dropshot. Depending on where I'm at I'll use either a #1 or a #6. Given I never dropshot at all really, it's the easiest way to rig them. Will have to look into dropper loop rig though. I've only got two or three packs to burn through lol
     
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    People use Carolina rig for the surf, but this isn’t the surf section. Lol! Great job bro! Need to link up with you soon! Been too long!
     
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    Consider drying them out?
    I’m considering it, they don’t look like the shrink and do look like they’d last longer.....(btw, I never DS either, it’s not my fave.)
     
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    Ya, was thinking Carolina would get the job done too....

    Ya man! We do need to get linked up and out! ;)
     
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    Ive never fished with those before BUT im driving the coast starting today and Ill be throwing them into the surf in hopes for some perch along the way. I think ill try drying them out!
     
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    Good luck and safe travels!

    I imagine you’ll get bit!
     
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    I've thought about it, but so far I've been lucky on the durability front. Typically if I have to use a new one it's because the one im replacing met either eelgrass or oyster beds one too many times.'
     
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    I've left them on my pole being to lazy to take them off when I get back to the car and I can tell you they're a B____H to get off, duh I didn't think to remoisten them.
     
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    Ya, same w the mullets...
     
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    Those things take a ton of time to rehydrate. The mullets are almost better off being cut off, least in my view. Then again, there might be a reason I have a dwindling stash going right now lol
     
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    I toss mullets often as they rip fairly easily... once ripped, I try to re-rig 3-4x with whatever sliver of plastic the hook can grab. I eventually lose confidence and toss them. I put them back in the juice if they can still be used. Over time, I've gotten better at 'saving' them.

    But the Sandworms, they rip reallllly easily ... and don't appear like they'll shrink very much, so I'm considering giving the "dry out" a try.
     
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    You need to switch to this type of jighead for use with skinny plastics...would work with sandworms, too. That big ol' lead collar splits the skinny baits before you even cast 'em out. 'Course it won't keep spotties from shredding the baits, though.
    And by "switch," I mean like when I bought another mold and began pouring my own ball-head jigs. If I use a few thousand of 'em, it'll be worth the cost....
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    Drying them out really helps. I used to throw them away if I accidentally leave the container open. Found out that you could just put them in water a hour or two before use and still be like brand new.
     
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    Dropshotting sandworms is like playing on easy mode. I still bust it out to break a skunk though.
     
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