How do I Use Electricity to Force Fishing Worms Out of the Soil?

How do I Use Electricity to Force Fishing Worms Out of the Soil?
Worms will leave the ground in droves if anything disturbs them. Traditional methods of getting worms include fiddling a stick to send vibrations into the ground, waiting for the rain and even pouring mustard into the ground to irritate the worms. Electricity is a bit more dangerous than any of these alternatives, but as long as you don't plug it in when anyone is nearby, you shouldn't have any problems. The electric current will send the worms scurrying to the surface, where you can pick them up for fishing bait.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Extension cord
  • Wire cutter
  • Electrical tape
  • Wire stripper
  • Coat hanger
Step 1
Cut the receptor or "female" end off an extension cord.
Step 2
Separate the two wires for 4 to 5 feet. Depending on the configuration of the extension cord, they will either be wrapped in insulation side by side or one will be insulated and the other wrapped around the inner one. If the outer is wrapped around the inner, unwrap it and then wrap it in electrical tape.
Step 3
Trim the last 2 inches of insulation from each wire.
Step 4
Unbend two wire clothes hangers into straight rods. Wrap the end of one wire around one clothes hanger and the end of the other wire around the second hanger. Tape the wire to the clothes hangers with electrical tape.
Step 5
Water your lawn. If it has rained in the last day, you don't need to water.
Step 6
Stick the two wires into the ground about 2 to 4 feet apart.
Step 7
Get all people and pets off the lawn. Plug in the extension cord and leave it plugged in for 5 to 10 minutes. Unplug it.
Step 8
Gather worms off the ground. They should be between and around the wires.

Article Written By Isaiah David

Isaiah David is a freelance writer and musician living in Portland, Ore. He has over five years experience as a professional writer and has been published on various online outlets. He holds a degree in creative writing from the University of Michigan.

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