‘Tosh’ (Bill) was a professional worm catcher. Worms make excellent bait for beach fishing.
The method: drag a rotten rabbit (in a bag) in the shallows when a wave recedes. The worm then sticks it’s head out of the sand for a look for the smelly food. A sharp eye and a quick hand is required to catch the worm before is vanishes again under the wet sand as the next wave arrives. Easy for the experts.