How to Catch Worms for Fishing

How to Catch Worms for Fishing
Worms, one of the best baits any fisherman can employ, are capable of attracting nearly every species of freshwater fish. Carp, catfish, perch, trout, bluegills, bass, eels and plenty of other fish species will all go for worms, night crawlers in particular. While you can purchase night crawlers at bait shops and convenience stores, you can save the cost by catching them yourself.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Flashlight Tin can
  • Flashlight
  • Tin can
Step 1
Go outside on your lawn after or during a rain once the weather turns warm. The light-sensitive night crawlers will come out of the ground when it is warm and moist. Although you may find them when the weather is dry, their numbers will be many times greater after or during a soaking rain. Watch the forecast for the best time to go out and dress appropriately for the weather.
Step 2
Scan the ground with a flashlight as you walk partly bent over. Keep one hand free by holding the light and the tin can to put the worms in with the same hand. The night crawlers will be easily visible as they begin to come out of the ground and stretch out. Once you spot one get the light off it as rapidly as possible and bend over it. Don't be upset if it quickly escapes back down its hole. There will be many more chances.
Step 3
Bring the edge of the beam from the flashlight onto the night crawler and grab it with your free hand. If the light remains on the worm for too long, it will hasten back down its hole. Many night crawlers will react the second the light hits them but others will delay trying to escape. Grab them between your thumb and your index and middle fingers.
Step 4
Pull upward on the worm, using a small amount of pressure if it is still in its hole. While some night crawlers will be all the way out of their holes and simply on top of the ground, making them easy to catch, the vast majority will have part of their bodies still in the ground. Pulling on them harshly will result in breaking them in two. Apply a steady but minimal amount of pull until the night crawler finally tires and relents and comes out of the hole.
Step 5
Retrace your steps around your yard, focusing the light where you have had success. Return to wherever you found several night crawlers previously; odds are this area will have more come up out of the soil. You will find worms coming out onto the ground in a place where you had been as little as 5 minutes prior.

Tips & Warnings

 
Keep count of how may night crawlers you catch so you will have an idea how much bait you have. Store them in a marked container in your refrigerator with some peat moss or grass; they will keep for weeks this way.
 
Keep count of how may night crawlers you catch so you will have an idea how much bait you have.
 
Store them in a marked container in your refrigerator with some peat moss or grass; they will keep for weeks this way.

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