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#12331117 - 07/09/17 02:42 PM Worms for bait
Ludie Offline
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Registered: 07/08/17
Posts: 2
Hello all,
I live in the Trinity area and have big worms, probably night crawlers, under things when wet.
I would like to use them for bait, but they are so brittle that they break apart when I try to put them on a hook.
Anybody know of a way to toughen them up???

#12331118 - 07/09/17 02:43 PM Re: Worms for bait [Re: Ludie]
Ludie Offline
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#12331604 - 07/09/17 09:36 PM Re: Worms for bait [Re: Ludie]
Indianation65 Offline
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Registered: 05/07/13
Posts: 8005
Loc: Richardson, Texas
When I was a kid living in North Iowa I only fished with "nightcrawlers," big ones. I don't remember them ever being brittle.
They are like rubber, therefore, hooking them was no problem.
From what I recall, the only time they break apart is if you purposely "pull" on them, thereby stretching them to break.

The skinny Texas worms, now that another story. I've never used them, but I'd assume they stretch as well.

I guess I cannot help you with regards to "toughening" them up. I'd say to refrigerate them, but that actually might make them more brittle.


#12331649 - 07/09/17 10:18 PM Re: Worms for bait [Re: Ludie]
BrandoA Offline
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Registered: 06/09/11
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Loc: Marble Falls
Those northern night crawlers are awesome to fish with.

#12331682 - 07/09/17 11:01 PM Re: Worms for bait [Re: Ludie]
lconn4 Offline
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You might try smaller wire hooks

A good rule of angling philosphy is not to interfere with another fisherman's ways of being happy, unless you want to be hated.

Zane Grey, Tales of Fishes, 1919

#12331758 - 07/10/17 04:07 AM Re: Worms for bait [Re: Ludie]
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Those are not Canadian nightcrawlers.
I don't know the scientific name but they are ordinary common garden worms.
I tried fishing with them but they are just not worth fooling with.
The problem with these worms is that when you puncture them with a hook all the liquid comes out and not much is left.
It ain't what they call you, it's what you answer to.... W.C.Fields

I know a little about a lot of things but not a whole lot about anything....CGD

#12331815 - 07/10/17 06:46 AM Re: Worms for bait [Re: Ludie]
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Loc: North Texas - God's Country
Pack the rain soaked red wigglers and/or night crawlers in DRY peat moss for travel a day or two head of time, a cloth bag works better than a box. Keep them at room temp, inside. For fatter worms, feed then worm chow or chicken scratch for several days prior to harvest.

Good fishing to ya!

Worm Whisperer...


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