Formby Point – Search For Lug Then Hunt The Bass

Formby Point Sunrise
Formby Point Sunrise

After seeing on the internet some stunning Bass coming out at Formby Point and a huge 9lb 12oz fish being caught at Crosby during the previous week I arranged with a few friends to meet up at the car park at the end of Lifeboat Road at 6.00am – yes, that’s 6 in the morning! It was a struggle getting up in time to meet the guys but once on the beach, looking back towards the sand dunes, the dawn greeted us in spectacular fashion.

We set about pumping some Black Lug out of the area, which looks a lot easier than it is. There’s a great article on the website which explains the technique involved in getting these worms, which can sometimes be over 12 inches long, out of the sand.

A Wader Angling
Wading Angler (wader angling?)

Once we’d all got enough worms for the first cast we waded across the last of the gulleys and cast a bait out, hoping to catch that early fish while we pumped some more bait.

As the tide turned it became necessary to continually move backwards after casting out as the beach is very flat and the sea races in at a speed which can (and has in the past) catch people out. This is why we all had chest waders on. It’s very easy to underestimate the depth of the water in the gulleys behind you and even though we knew what we were doing, on a couple of occasions the water did actually come up to my chest.

This is not a venue that should be fished in this way on your own!

We continued our retreat from the advancing tide, searching for bait and casting out at every opportunity but the fish didn’t show. As all good anglers we put this down to many factors, some of which may actually be true. The tide was too high or the bait wasn’t in the water long enough. There wasn’t any surf and my favourite for the north west coast – “when the winds in the east the fish bite least”.

Wreck of the Ionic Star, Formby
Wreck of the Ionic Star, Formby

As a side note, due to the unusually high and hence low tides the wreck of the Ionic Star was completely exposed – usually you can only see a part of it sticking up out the sea. I’ve had a quick look around the internet and more information on wrecks in the area can be found here where organised wreck walks can also be arranged.

Formby point is a beautiful area and well worth a visit if you are in the area. It’s undoubtedly one of the cleanest beaches I’ve even been on and where else can you have miles and miles of golden sand almost to yourself! The area is run by the National Trust who have more information on their website here.


  1. Glenn Kilpatrick said:

    Hi stu,

    Excellent post m8. I was talking to a lad from that neck of the woods last week. A lad called Paul Pntellerisco. I think he is from Southport. He was saying he had had a big bass in the mersey area recently.

    Shame you didnt manage tocatch, The rising tide thing sounds tricky.

    Good luck next time, hope you get a huge bass.

    Best regards – Glenn

    September 12, 2006
  2. Duxbury Ramblers said:

    Hi Stuart,

    as usual another good blog, I am afraid the only fishing we have done was as kids with a boot lace and worm tied to it, but this sounds exciting and the wreck walks sound like our cup of tea, we have been thinking of going to the nature reserve at Formby to see the red squirrels, mainly for the grandchildren this may tip the visit in favour.

    September 13, 2006
  3. Les Benson l said:

    Great thread just a question how low as tide got to be before I can pump some worm for bait at formby. Cheers les disabled angler from Liverpool.

    December 28, 2018
    • Stu said:

      You’ll be able to get to the beds about an hour before low water, although the best worms start to cast as the tide turns. The nearer a springtide you can go (full or new moon) the better as the tides goes further out and the better worm beds show. We used to go a couple of days either side of of the spring tides if possible.

      December 28, 2018

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