Baits and pasture for game fishing
Esche e pasture per la pesca sportiva
Arenicola is part of the family of annelids, the color is red with iridescent reflexes very alluring in the night. Its length is variable from 15 to 40 cm. and its diameter is from 1 to 2,5 mm. It's a worm full of blood, for this reason it's palatable, it lives in the sand near the rocks in depths from a few cm to a few meters. It eats rotting organic material. It is often used from competitors because when they put it on the hook it has a strong smell.
Its conservation depends on the moment of the year but above all the worms should be undamaged. From October to May they can be conserved for a long time (also months!!), but they need a change of sea water once a week. The best place to maintain them is our home cellar. The temperature of worm should be about 16/20C in Summer time and we have to avoid a sudden change of temperature (it's useful a portable refrigerator and freez-packs that must no come into contact with the polystyrene box). Despite that care, it could be difficult to keep it more than a week (only some days in June, when the worm "falls in love!!").
In fish shops it's easy to find. It's packed in polystyrene boxes of 5/6 pieces each. We can distinguish "Naples" arenicola and "Spanish" arenicola. The first is much more alluring and we can recognize it because of the color red and less greenish on the head, but it's also more delicate

This bait is used in all kind of fishing but above all in Surfcasting and in bottom fishing.
It’s a bait used with calm or curly sea, the best for Striped sea breams and good for other species of fish like Shi Drum, Gilthead bream, Bass Red mullet, Sea bass, etc.
This worm is the main bait in competitions: from 3 to 10 boxes are used in every game.

Arenicola is considered a "difficult" worm to put on the hook because it is very delicate. Beginners often don't buy it because of this difficulty. When you go to the seaside you have to put sea water inside the box then you have to shake it with short and quick movements . Magically you can see the worms come to the surface. Locates the head of the worm (it's fleshy and iridescent), take the worm from the head, but only from it because it could break, put it on the sand (we have to "bread" it) . now take again the worm from the head, we can see it is perfectly stretched and elongated... without wasting time you can insert the needle from the head taking care it doesn't come out of the worm . (blunt needles are recommended). You have to put the worm on the hook leaving the part in excess on the needle, this part will be ready to use again.