Ways to Catch Earthworms

Ways to Catch EarthwormsEarthworms are one of the most popular baits used for fishing. They are attractive as bait because they are cheap, abundant and able to remain alive for a period of time while submerged on a hook. They also give off a scent in the water that pleases many different species of fish. Earthworms are one of the less expensive baits you can find in a bait shop, but there's no need to buy them--you have several different tactics available to you that can help you find earthworms in the ground and keep your bait stock full.

Go Hunting in the Rain

Rain storms bring out worms better than anything else. Before the cement dries and the worms fry, go out and pick worms off the sidewalk, pavement or even in the grass. You can store earthworms at home in a bucket filled with dirt if you don't plan on going fishing right after a rain storm.


Use Coffee Grounds

Dump used coffee grounds onto an open space of grass or dirt. Lightly spray the grounds with water, then check back at night. Odds are there will be earthworms everywhere in your coffee grounds and the ground below them. Carefully pull them out of the ground or scoop the dirt up and place them in a bucket for storage.

Make It Rain

When rain or thunderstorms fail you, you can always trick earthworms by watering down the ground on your own. Spray a concentrated spot--generally about 1 square meter--of the ground for 10 minutes. Come back in half an hour and pick up the earthworms. Another alternative to spraying down the ground is waiting for lawn sprinklers to go off, which will lure the earthworms out into the open.

Apply Some Shock Therapy

Stick a thin metal rod into the ground. Run a wire from the outputs of a 6-volt battery and touch them to the rod. This will run into the ground and send electric impulses to the worms, which will force them up above ground. However, the electric shocks can also damage the worms' nervous systems, which usually results in death, according to the Arizona Lake Fishing website.

Hunt at Night

Earthworms don't like the light and they tend to come out when it's dark. If you try to lure them out during the middle of a sunny day, your odds of catching them aren't good. Wait for dusk or darkness and use a red light if you have to shine light on anything--worms can't see the red light, so you won't be detected.

Article Written By Jonathan Croswell

Jonathan Croswell has spent more than five years writing and editing for a number of newspapers and online publications, including the "Omaha World-Herald" and "New York Newsday." Croswell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Nebraska and is currently pursuing a Master's of Health and Exercise Science at Portland State University.

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