Nightcrawler hunting...

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  1. chet again

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    Getting ready to go out and catch some nice crawlers for my catfishing trips. I went out for a recon trip a few nights ago and found the crawlers were plentiful in my yard but it had just rained. I watered some of the lawn tonight and hope to find more out there. Free bait! A dozen nightcrawlers costs about $4.00.

    Scouted a good catfishing spot this weekend. I'm getting my saltwater fishing gear ready to do double duty as catfishing gear.

    Anyone else collect their own fish bait?
     
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    Not since I was a kid. Catching night crawlers before the trip was part of the ritual. Plus grasshoppers when we got there. Haven't thought about that in ages.
     
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    ok I'll bight. What's a night crawler? Is it a cricket?

    Cheers
     
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    Type of earth worm. Big.
     
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    They come out at night and we would go out with a flashlight to find them. Had to be quick because they usually stayed half in the ground and could hide very quickly. Sometimes had to have a bit of a tug o war to get them out.
     
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    Come get em from my place, we got way too many, makes the lawn really lumpy, really really lumpy, ankle turning lumpy, frankly I have never seen anything like it, when it rains and you go outside the lawn looks like it's alive.

    I had to get a roller for the lawn tractor which helped a bit, apparently you can spray some kind of nitrogen that makes em go away but they come back as soon as you stop spraying.

    Worms are kind of gross in those kinds of numbers.
     
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    Yeah they do mess the lawn up a bit. Don't remember being too upset about it when I was a kid though. :)
     
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    Just a couple of buckets cold water with dish soap in it....the crawlers will come right to the surface
     
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    Nightcrawlers have to be the horniest creatures on earth. The reason they come out is to mate with other worms. When I get my game back I'll be able to get them two at a time. LOL!

    It only took me about ten minutes to get enough for my next trip and then some.
     
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    You could make some big money by catching them and selling by the dozen.
     
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    I can remember as a kid in the 60's my dad using a contraption like this to catch worms..If I recall it did not work very well...

    SHOCKER.jpg
     
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    When I was a teen we would hunt night crawlers, sein the creek for minnows , chubs, & crawfish, then sell them to the local bait shop. That was how we financed our own fishing habit.
     
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    Yep, did that as a kid.
    They can be fast little puppies getting
    back in their holes.
     
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    During the summers a kid could make some money collecting them at the golf courses. I never wanted to get up that early. Or touch them. Did drown a few last week, but the fish were not cooperating.
     
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    Great memories with my dad, 1960's, in Philadelphia, right after a rain. Picking them up off the sidewalk.

    Also, Catawba worms were one of dad's favorite. Any left over after fishing, he put them back on the tree!
     
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    I have always been envious of people who like to fish. I am simply no good at it (lack patience) and don't really care for the taste of fish anyway, so it just never became an activity that I engaged in much. Now, if I could throw a hook into a body of water and pull out pizza....hell, I would be there every single night.
     
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    We used to go to the graveyard to hunt them
     
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