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Digging Sand Fleas at assateague or OC this time of year.

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So, I have dug for sand fleas multiple times (mainly in the middle to late fall time). I tend to find them where the lowest tide would be (even in high tide). I know that many web posting say that you find them: in the wash; they move around as the tide moves; or you look for the antennas poking out of the sand, etc, etc. I have had no luck with that.

So, what I do is:

-- Take my trusty sand flea rack.
-- Got out into the waves.
-- Go a little beyond the point where the beach slopes down.

-- Then start a searching routine:
-- Start working my rake in the sand (let the waves wash the sand out.
-- If I find no fleas, move in towards the beech.
-- repeat this loop, until I find something: big or small fleas.

-- Now I have the depth they are at. So, start to move lateral along the beach.
-- It's kind of hard to keep on this line, so, if I stop finding them, start a new search routine again.

Now, my question: Does this work in the spring time?? Any other pointers would be much appreciated.

-- Finally, a store owner at a OC bait shop said that sand fleas were nocturnal. He said that you just go out at night and catch them by the bucket full running around. Have you guys ever heard anything like that? I don't know if he was jerking my chain or what? Maybe he and his drinking buddies got a good laugh of picturing me with a flash light and bucket looking for the scurrying little devils??

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Agree with everyone above who suggested it's better to go for fleas at night. Just a word of caution if you go to Assateague for fleas, I used to go there all the time at night to catch them until this one time a couple of years ago I was stopped by the park police. They said it was ok to use the fleas to fish along the Assateague surf but illegal to remove them from the park.
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