National Geographic : 1946 Jun
A Wiscasset Buyer Tests Diggers' Wares for Size Quiet old Wiscasset is noted for its mansions built by shipping merchants and for the artists attracted by its charm. Today Nature's strange bounty has made this Maine town a capital of the marine-worm industry. Its tidal flats crawl with fish food (page 775). A Long IslandDealer Examines His Live Bait Kept at icebox temperatures of38° to40° F., bloodworms survive ten days to two weeks. Mortality is highest when fishermen take them outonhot days. Retailers get 60 to 75 cents adozen. One Washington, D.C., dealer sold half a million marine worms in 1945.