Catching Nightcrawlers

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2013/04/11 11:48:13 (permalink)

Catching Nightcrawlers

After our Wednesday evening bible study here at church I too my 6yr old and 4yr old boys out into the yard to catch some Nightcrawlers. We had alot of fun! we were only out there for 45 minutes to an hour but I'll bet we got over 200 worms! It was a blast watching the boys trying to grab them before they zipped back down their hole.  I ended up getting a hold of most of them and then letting the boys pull them the rest of the way out.
I remember going out to catch crawlers as a kid and it being almost as much fun as going fishing with them. I love being a Dad to three little boys, it lets me just keep on being a big kid! 
Hopefully I'll get some use out of these crawlers. I'm planning on fishing Pyme on monday, so maybe we can catch a few eyes on harnesses & bottom bouncers while fishing for crappie.
Tight lines & God bless!
John
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    bulldog1
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    Re:Catching Nightcrawlers 2013/04/11 12:42:49 (permalink)
    Nice job dad, I miss those days...

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    Re:Catching Nightcrawlers 2013/04/11 19:35:59 (permalink)
    Used to do that with my grandpa. Good memories ...enjoy your time with them..

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    Re:Catching Nightcrawlers 2013/04/12 12:32:10 (permalink)
    Does it have to be raining to catch them? I assume they surface so they dont drown... This morning with the rain I picked up about a dozen that were on the street to give to my chickens!
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    Re:Catching Nightcrawlers 2013/04/12 13:51:40 (permalink)
    Doesn't have to be raining, but has to be damp. In the dry weather they go deep...
     

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    Re:Catching Nightcrawlers 2013/05/05 10:35:05 (permalink)
    So Preacher....How did you do with the crawlers?

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    Re:Catching Nightcrawlers 2013/05/05 20:44:03 (permalink)
    Haven't had too much opportunity to use them. My boy and I caught a couple of nice catfish at crooked creek with them last Monday.
    I'll be going up to Pyme onThursdsyand am hoping to pick up some eyes on them then.
    But they are doing great in the fridge so I'll have them to use all summer.

    How is your season going so far Chuckles?
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    Re:Catching Nightcrawlers 2013/05/06 05:03:19 (permalink)
    No nightcrawlers in my yard


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    Re:Catching Nightcrawlers 2013/05/11 11:18:01 (permalink)
    the trick that i used when i was a kid was to pour soapy water on the ground and wait for them to surface. was real fun back in the day.
     
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    Re:Catching Nightcrawlers 2013/05/12 06:41:31 (permalink)
    If you use the soapy water trick, you cant keep the crawlers because it kills them. Do like me, just let the wife catch the crawlers for you...WF
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    Re:Catching Nightcrawlers 2013/05/12 07:16:16 (permalink)
    Preacher....
      I've been doing fairly well on the Perch at Pyme. The Perch really like the Folgers coffee flavored crawlers. ( been mixing coffee grounds with the compost I keep them in)   I brought home 12 that were all 10" to 12" on Wednesday last week and 8 this past Thursday.  Along with 2 legal Walleye  17" & 19".   Lots of dink Perch a few slab Crappies but not many.
     Looks like "crawler pickin" won't be to good until we get some more warm rains. The first time I was out I picked up about 400 and the last time there were very few. I find I do better when it's above  55* and has rained most of the night.
      Take those young boys out fishing as often as you can. That's a Bible endorsed sport, because "The Master"  told  Peter to go fishing and we're to follow his example. LOL
    Later....Chuckles
     
     

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    Re:Catching Nightcrawlers 2013/05/12 09:41:55 (permalink)
    seems most fish like the coffee flavor. They make soft plastics with the coffee scent and flavor in them
     
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    Re:Catching Nightcrawlers 2013/05/12 11:57:53 (permalink)
    Timachro

    seems most fish like the coffee flavor. They make soft plastics with the coffee scent and flavor in them


    Not trying to hi-jack the thread but, I always wondered if the tobacco smell from the snuff cans that Poor Richards & others used to sell Maggots in, had any effect on the fish. Although I don't use bait often,sometimes it seems that when I do, If I have been chewing tobacco & got the scent on my hands that the bite slows. I know that when  I throw a piece or two in the water If a gill grabs it that they usualy spit it back out & then avoid it from then on.   sam
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    Re:Catching Nightcrawlers 2013/05/12 14:06:49 (permalink)
    IDK Sam, but I do know that if you put a drop of anise oil in the snuff can with the maggots or waxies (make sure there is plenty of sawdust), the catch rate goes up. At least this is true when ice fishing. I've sat 5 ft away from others on the ice and used the same size and color jig heads but I had the anise bait and they didn't. I always catch more. Now, all of my friends use anise in their baits.

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