Are these a food sorce?

Clint F

Fly Fishing Youth
#1
Jake Bannon and I found a few of these swimming around in about 3 feet of water while night fishing and were wondering if they were a food sourse for blackmouth, resident coho, and cutthroat? They were about 4-6 inches long. If these are a food sourse does anyone have a pattern to represent them? :confused: Thanks for the help.

Clint
 
#2
Are these a food sourse?

Looks like some kind of sand worm, if it wasn't in the water (looks like its on the beach) it probably isn't a food source.
 

Nick Riggs

I've been known to fish from time to time...
#3
Are these a food sourse?

Looks like some kind of sand worm, if it wasn't in the water (looks like its on the beach) it probably isn't a food source.
Did you even read his post? It clearly said they were swimming around in 3 feet of water.
 

Clint F

Fly Fishing Youth
#4
Are these a food sourse?

I just took a picture of it onthe beach (to hard when it was swimming around). We first found them swimming like a squid in about 3 feet of water. They were covering all parts of the 3 feet of water they were swimming in and it looked like they were trying to eat. Just a little more info on them and like I said they wernt found on the beach, they were swimming. Thanks Nick.

Clint
 

Dizane

Coast to Coast
#5
Are these a food sourse?

I think there's been a post or two on here in the past about those sandworms swimming about. From what I can remember they're spawning.

I don't know if the fish actually key in on the worms, but I'd be surprised if they'd pass up a juicy thing like that. I DO know that the Atlantic species is a popular striped bass bait, especially early in the season.

Some striped bass sites might have some worm patterns you could search for. Or maybe something like a wolly bugger or string leech sort of deal?
 

Dizane

Coast to Coast
#6
Are these a food sourse?

Oh, one more thing. I believe that sandworm pictured is Nereis vexillosa...

I'm sure an internet search will bring up some info on their habits.
 

Jeff46

Active Member
#8
Are these a food sourse?

yeah, I've seen those, too. Wouldn't want one stuck to my leg when wet wading in the summer. Yuck. But, i bet fish think they are delectable.
 

Clint F

Fly Fishing Youth
#9
Are these a food sourse?

Thanks for the info on them Dizane.

CoastalCutt chill out, I think nick was just trying to let you know you missed something very obvious.

Clint
 

Clint F

Fly Fishing Youth
#12
Are these a food sourse?

That would be a good Idea. Do you know of any materials that would make it about 3/4 inch around? I thought about rabit strips and think I am going to try them.

Clint
 

cabezon

Sculpin Enterprises
#15
Are these a food sourse?

Dizane hit the nail on the head. These polychaetes form mating swarms on some nights in the spring and early summer. They have a relative, Nereis brandti, that can be over two feet long. After their planktonic larval period, they spend most of the rest of their lives buried in the mud and under rocks. All of these type of polychaetes are palatable. I've certainly seen the remnants of their smaller relations in the stomachs of local sculpins.

Back east, the night-time mating swarms of cinder worm, Nereis limbata, is a major focus of striped bass and striped bass fishers. I found an interesting bomber fly that attempts to mimic them here: www.panix.com/~pg/flyfishing/clamworm.html.

Steve