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The Dirt On Worms

The Dirt On Worms

Sometimes nothing beats a live nightcrawler, whether you’re after smallmouth bass, walleye, catfish, panfish or trout. But rather than just heading straight to the lake, you’ll do better if you prepare your bait in advance by getting your worms into top shape.

Whether you buy them from a store or pick them in the yard, store your worms in a proper worm container that’s been filled with a good commercial worm bedding. Sprinkle a bit of worm food on the bedding surface, then add your crawlers and keep in a cool, dark place overnight. Discard any worms that haven’t buried into the bedding the following morning. By following the directions for keeping the bedding moist and feeding the worms now and then, you can keep them almost indefinitely this way, so they’re always ready to go at a moment’s notice.

After a few days in the bedding and munching on the powdered worm food, your crawlers will develop a smooth, thick skin and super-juicy appearance, making them irresistible to fish. They’ll also last a whole lot longer in the boat. 

Sometimes nothing beats a live nightcrawler, whether you’re after smallmouth bass, walleye, catfish, panfish or trout. But rather than just heading straight to the lake, you’ll do better if you prepare your bait in advance by getting your worms into top shape.

Whether you buy them from a store or pick them in the yard, store your worms in a proper worm container that’s been filled with a good commercial worm bedding. Sprinkle a bit of worm food on the bedding surface, then add your crawlers and keep in a cool, dark place overnight. Discard any worms that haven’t buried into the bedding the following morning. By following the directions for keeping the bedding moist and feeding the worms now and then, you can keep them almost indefinitely this way, so they’re always ready to go at a moment’s notice.

After a few days in the bedding and munching on the powdered worm food, your crawlers will develop a smooth, thick skin and super-juicy appearance, making them irresistible to fish. They’ll also last a whole lot longer in the boat.