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How does everyone get their night crawlers for fishing? I made a home made machine to extract them out of the ground.

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  • How does everyone get their night crawlers for fishing? I made a home made machine to extract them out of the ground.

    How does everyone get their night crawlers for fishing? I made a home made machine to extract them out of the ground.

  • #2
    I raise my worms in a "worm bed." I raise the Big Red, EISENIA HORTENSIS or European Nightcrawler.

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    • #3
      after the ground thaws go out at night during rain with a head lamp make sure it is a red one it makes it easier becasue they cant sense the red light. them grab them. if you are in a pinch use the hose to saturate the ground before you go out.

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      • #4
        The kids and I go out with the flashlights at night and catch them the old fashioned way, lots of fun.

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        • #5
          i agree with idaho, but I would like to see a picture of your machine.

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          • #6
            Water the ground and wait until dark. I think cathching my own nightcrawlers is half of the fun.

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            • #7
              what machine is this? eather buy them or dig for them in the ground.

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              • #8
                After there is a heavy rain during the night, there is about a thousand of them on my driveway in the morning.

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                • #9
                  The old fashioned way with a flashlight on a wet night. Though, I read about a method that scares them out of the ground by, supposedly, sounding like a mole/gopher. Pound a stake into the ground and rub another stick against it until it vibrates. Anyone know if this works?

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                  • #10
                    I used to collect my own but know that I live in an appartment I am afraid to say that I actualy have to pay for them now.

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                    • #11
                      I agree I want to see the machine!! other than that I get them the old fashioned way, go to Wal-Mart.

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                      • #12
                        Turn over rocks/logs in an old apple orchard. Most of the worms are pretty small tho.

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                        • #13
                          Ok now that I see no one uses any contraptions here is what I do. Note to everyone this can be dangerous but has a big payoff. I take and old extension cord cut the female end off. Take two metal clothes hangers and straighten them out. Seperate the wires and attach the straight hangers to the wire. Tape off more than you need. Put the wires in the ground 12-15 inches apart about 5 inches deep. Turn on the power the worms will come up to the positive wire. Once the worms stop coming up just reverse the plug and then they will come up again. I used this a few times when I was going fishing last minute. Just as a side note the electricty is not enough to kill the worms because I harvest them and they are still moving a week later. Again use CAUTION you could get shocked.

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                          • #14
                            Ok now that I see no one uses any contraptions here is what I do. Note to everyone this can be dangerous but has a big payoff. I take and old extension cord cut the female end off. Take two metal clothes hangers and straighten them out. Seperate the wires and attach the straight hangers to the wire. Tape off more than you need. Put the wires in the ground 12-15 inches apart about 5 inches deep. Turn on the power the worms will come up to the positive wire. Once the worms stop coming up just reverse the plug and then they will come up again. I used this a few times when I was going fishing last minute. Just as a side note the electricty is not enough to kill the worms because I harvest them and they are still moving a week later. Again use CAUTION you could get shocked.

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                            • #15
                              i go down the gas station or dig for them

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