When it comes to fishing on the East Coast and in other parts of the world, ragworm are a tried and true bait. But, just because they’re popular doesn’t mean you shouldn’t experiment with other types of bait when targeting striped bass. In this guide, we’ll show you how to find and prepare ragworm so that you can use them as bait while fishing for striped bass or any other species of fish.

Find a place to dig for ragworm

  • Look for areas where the ground is soft. This will be an area where rainwater has collected, as ragworms prefer to live in moist environments.
  • Look for areas with rocks or fallen trees. Ragworms can often be found under these things because they provide shelter from predators and keep the water supply around them constant.
  • Look for areas where there are lots of plants and/or mud: Ragworms love to burrow among plant roots because they provide excellent protection from predators, but they also need to stay damp in order to survive so they often choose damp spots near plants so that they get both shelter and moisture from the ground below them. If you see this combination when digging for your worm bait, it’s a good indication that you might find some tasty morsels underneath!
  • Another common place people look when digging up worms is along sandy beaches: these worms seem especially fond of sandy soil because it holds moisture better than other kinds of dirt making it easier for them  to find food sources nearby (such as dead fish buried beneath sand dunes).

Prepare your digging equipment.

Now that you have your bait, it’s time to prepare the digging equipment. There are a few things to note here:

  • If you’re using a bucket, make sure it has a lid so that when you lift the ragworm out of the ground and put him in your bucket, he doesn’t get away from you.
  • When using a trowel or shovel, be careful not to hit yourself with it while trying to dig up your worm.
  • Remember not to step on any rocks while digging around in the dirt with any of these tools!

Dig the worm out of the sand.

Once you’ve found a patch of ragworms, get to work digging them up. You’ll need a shovel to do this job right. If you don’t have one handy, try using a ragworm rake or hook instead—they both work just as well.

Refrigerate your ragworm if you won’t be using them all right away.

If you’re planning to use your ragworms as fishing bait, it’s a good idea to refrigerate them if you won’t be using them all right away. Placing them in a sealed container will keep the worms from drying out and getting damaged, but it’s best not to freeze the worms.

Ragworms are excellent bait, even for anglers who don’t fish for striped bass.

Ragworm are excellent bait, even for anglers who don’t fish for striped bass. In fact, the ragworm is such a great choice that we think it should be the first bait you try when you’re getting started fishing. Ragworm are easy to use and inexpensive—you can buy them in bulk at any bait shop or supermarket. You can even catch your own if you want to get more involved in the sport.

If this isn’t enough, they’re also delicious when cooked into a tasty treat called “New England Clam Chowder.” (Note: Clam chowder with real clams is always better than chowder made with fake clams.)


Ragworm is a great bait to use for fishing. It can be used as both a loose bait and in conjunction with other lures such as stick baits or pellets. Ragworm has a soft texture which makes it ideal for any type of lure fishing, from braid to mono line. Not only do these worms have a lot of scent and flavor, but they also have excellent movement in water when pulled slowly or jerked quickly. This makes them the perfect choice for both freshwater and saltwater applications!