Not All Beaches Are The Same!

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Not All Beaches Are The Same!

These fundamental beach worming tips will help to be more productive and successful with your beach worming.

Yes, I know it sounds obvious but you catch beach worms in the sand at the beach!

However not all beaches are the same.

Some beaches have fine grained sand others have coarse grained sand. There are beaches with a combination of coarse sand, small rocks and shells.

Not all beaches have a population of worms!

On some beaches you can struggle to find a worm whereas other beaches have an abundance of worms. It doesn’t matter how good a beach wormer you are, if there are no worms there you can’t catch them.

Beach worms appear to not like beaches with coarse sand and lots of small rocks and shells. From my experience the beaches that have fine to medium grained sand seem to be best for beach worming and can hold millions of worms.

When you are visiting a new area you just have to test a few beaches to see if they hold any worms. You can also go to the nearest tackle shop to get some local knowledge.

Wave action is critical to catching beach worms.

You must have water running across the sand to carry the scent of your bait to entice a worm’s head out of the sand.

It is essential to have waves washing up the beach and then draining back into the ocean in order to catch beach worms.Therefore, it is generally exposed ocean beaches that are suitable for beach worming.

In most cases at a beach wave action is normal. When there are periods of extremely flat swell it can be more difficult to catch worms due to the lack of water movement.

Sometimes it is possible to catch beach worms at beaches inside a harbour. Here the conditions are usually calm and there is minimal ocean swell. However you still need some water movement for it to be possible to catch beach worms.

I have caught beach worms at Balmoral Beach inside Sydney harbour.

With plenty of beach worms on the ocean beaches I wouldn’t bother with chasing worms on harbour beaches.

On days with really big waves worming becomes more difficult because of the amount of moving water.

You can find a worm and be waiting for your opportunity when the next wave washes in up to waist high and nearly knocks you of your feet. Big waves have a lot of power when they wash up and down the beach. It is best to pick the lulls between the sets of big waves.

I hope that these beach worming tips have been helpful.

Happy Worming!

Roger Osborne




  1. Derryn Nicholls

    Great tips. Wormed today and had plenty there but struggled with rough water coming in. Smaller worms that snapped easily. Very quick to try and take pipi away but not committing. Couldn’t pull straight out. Had to dig deep to avoid breaking. Still loads of fun

    • Roger Osborne

      Hi Derryn,
      The rushing water from big waves makes it a little more challenging to catch beach worms.
      Great to see you out there doing it. Are you using pliers or your fingers?


  2. Jonathon butcher

    Afternoon Roger,
    I’ve been beach worming for about 15 years now and i’ve noticed there are days where worms will not come up at all or if they do they will not feed aggressively. I usually find it occurs when a lot of weed pushes in and starts to segment in the surf.
    Have you ever noticed the same thing? My grandad used to tell me it was just because they moved by rolling up into a big ball but thats doesnt sound right.

    • Roger Osborne

      Hi Jonathon,
      Thank you for getting in touch. Beach worms actually feed on seaweed as well as decaying flesh. When they have been feeding on weed they are less interested in your bait and more difficult to catch. I have also found that like fish they seem to be less aggressive in winter when the water is colder. You can still catch plenty, they are just not as ravenous as summer. When you are catching beach worms, they are generally positioned vertically in the sand, however, beach worms also travel horizontally under the sand in search of food. As you know, they are attracted by scent. I haven’t heard of them rolling up into a ball.
      Hope this helps.


    • Roger Osborne

      Hi Jonathon,
      I’ve found that when worms are full of weed, that they don’t seem very interested in your bait. You can still catch them but it is more difficult.
      I think it is just because they are full and not hungry.
      During winter in the colder weather they can be less aggressive. Like fish, they seem to be more active when the weather is warm.
      What your grandfather said doesn’t seem right to me. How could they move through the sand in a ball?

  3. andres torres

    Hi, I’m new to this thing of catching worms on the beaches. I would like to know in which beaches of miami I can find them to be so kind. I could give information to my email thanks

    • Roger Osborne

      Hi Andres,
      Sorry for the slow reply.
      I’m based in Sydney and have not wormed in your area.
      If I go somewhere new I just go and have a look, or I ask the local tackle shop if they know which beaches that local fishermen normally worm on.

  4. Russell D'Arcy

    Hi Roger, can you tell me if beach worms dislike rain? The last four times I have had a crack at them I have had a good 15-20knot breeze blowing onto the beach and rain scuds pushing through. Each of these times I haven’t raised a single worm in the sand. I would normally pick better conditions to catch them in but it’s more of a do it when I get the opportunity to. In the past in similar areas or the same area I have basically been catching them at a worm a minute. A little puzzled by this one.

    • Roger Osborne

      Hi Russell,
      I know beach worms don’t mind strong winds. I haven’t wormed in the rain lately although I can’t remember if I have had issues in the rain before. I don’t think so.
      Normally I go worming regardless of wind or rain.

  5. Shad Baker

    I’m new too worming but have the bug, found a great area with loads of king worms they were keen but not fully committing as I’ve learnt from previous articles of yours.
    Had no luck catching them but after ready and studying your site I think I’ll have a much better chance knowing I was doing things not quite right but with your guidence am able to correct that.
    I’m pulling the bait bag and pliers out this weekend and determined after much frustration to catch my first worm.
    Your guidance is priceless and very informative so I thanks you for sharring your knowledge.

    Highest regards

    lake Macquarie NSW

  6. Philip Spurway

    Going down to Merimbula in July would be interested if any one knows what the main beach is like for a first time wormer would love to give it a go.

    • Roger Osborne

      I have wormed in the Ulladulla area and there are plenty of worms on the beaches there. I have not wormed at Merimbula but I am sure that there would be worms there. Ask the local tackle shop, I;m sure they would help you.

  7. Phil

    Hi Roger, hope you’re well. Can a beach worm move from beach to beach or is that too much of a distance to travel? After a major swell like we’ve had recently I noticed there was none at all at a beach that usually holds plenty and I guess it was from so much sand that had been washed away. How long would you imagine it takes for that beach to show signs of coming back?

    • Roger Osborne

      Hi Phil,
      Better late than never 🙂
      I don’t think that anyone really knows what worms do under the sand. As the sand is washed away during a big swell they probably bury deeper. Often, things are back to normal pretty quickly after a big swell.
      When beach worms start life they are actually water borne. Up until about 18mm long they live floating around in the water. During this stage They could easily move in the currents from beach to beach, Roger.

  8. Donald Wheeler

    Hi Roger
    As some of the others I have gotten the worm bug
    Had my first crack at it today but no luck seeing anything 🙁 I live south of Sydney and just tried down at Wollongong
    Any chance of a hint of good beaches in that area

    • Roger Osborne

      Hi John,
      Sorry for my very slow reply.
      I live at Ulladulla. I have never wormed in the Wollongong area although I am sure that there would be plenty there, Roger

  9. John R Fairbairn

    Hi Roger, having been to Crescent Head a few times the main beach 1/2 to 1 km heading towards Hat Head was where I came across a guy who had one of the few commercial licences for worming. He was very generous and gave me a dozen or so worms that morning. He seemed to be doing ok finding them. Conditions may have changed there over the last 5 years since I was there. Better to catch your own than pay the prices they charge at the local servo or tackle shop. That’s where you come in I hope. I will be in touch down the track. Cheers John Fairbairn

  10. Eugene

    Hey Roger,
    I live in Sydney to and would love to know where you catch beach worms.
    I’ve seen all your videos and have recognised the beaches you fish at but can quite get my head around the beaches you worm at. This would be great to know thanks.

    • Roger Osborne

      Hi Eugene,
      sorry for the very slow reply.
      Collaroy, Narrabeen and Newport are good but they are on all the beaches, Roger

  11. Ignacio Cordova

    Hi Roger,
    What would be your top 3 beaches in the Northern Beaches area for worming? I love in Collaroy and Narrabeen seems ok but haven’t seen big fat ones yet… thanks for sharing your knowledge!

    • Roger Osborne

      Hi Ignacio, there are often plenty of big worms on the Collaroy to Narrabeen stretch, it is a good worming beach.
      Also Warriewood and Newport, cheers Roger

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