How To Catch Sand Fleas (Without A Sand Flea Rake)


Sand fleas make great baits for pompano, sheepshead, redfish, and black drum.

And the good news is that they’re really easy to catch from the beach.

You don’t need a rake to catch them, like most people think, all you need is your hands and a bucket lid.

In this video, I’m going to show you how to catch them, as well as:

  • The best tide to catch them
  • How to find them
  • And more

I used these tips the other day on the beach as I was catching sand fleas to do some pompano fishing and within just a few minutes I had all of the sand fleas I needed for the day.

Also, here’s a great tip we did on how to keep sand fleas alive for 3+ days.


How To Catch Sand Fleas [VIDEO]

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The best time to catch sand fleas is during an outgoing tide.

As the waves recede back into the gulf or ocean, you can usually find colonies of sand fleas digging down into the sand right where the water meets the shore.

Little bumps and v-shapes are telltale signs that there are sand fleas around, so once you’ve found a colony, grab a big handful of sand and place it on a bucket lid.

Sift through the sand to find the sand fleas, and then put them in your bucket — it’s as easy as that!

Have any questions about catching sand fleas on the beach?

Or have any other tips for catching them?

Let us know in the comments below!

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fishing pro
2 years ago

i have caught sand flees and they bit me

Brian Jackson
3 years ago

You should use a colander. It will keep them contained, plus rinsing then off will reveal whatever ones you have caught.

3 years ago

Is there a better time of the year for them, or are they pretty much around all year long?

William Reader
1 year ago
Reply to  Bill

I was wondering the same thing.

3 years ago

Terrific video. Never had an idea that easy. Big thank you, Tom Watts, Naples, Fl.

Jim Silverman
3 years ago

How do you hook the sand fleas for bait? What hook do you use? What do you store them in while you’re fishing?

Brian W.
3 years ago

A colander is a great tool for digging up mole crabs (sand fleas). Just scoop up the sand at the water line and sift.

Isaac Lee
3 years ago

Nice tip. I was wondering, what do you do when you can’t see any colonies? How to you find them? For beaches where none are visible, it takes a lot of digging just for a few. Is there a more efficient way?

Isaac Lee
3 years ago
Reply to  Wyatt Parcel

Thanks Wyatt!


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