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Author Topic: How to keep fishing worms alive  (Read 34735 times)

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imacajun

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How to keep fishing worms alive
« on: September 27, 2007, 05:36:41 PM »
We buy several boxes of bait worms {Evergreen large Canadian Nightcrawlers} and I can't keep the ones that are left over after fishing alive. I put them in a big styrofoam ice chest when we get home with shredded newspaper that I keep damp layered on top then close it shut with the lid. I put cheap potting soil from the store in it and feed them cornmeal every other day and dampen the newspaper at that time. They are just disappearing. I keep them outdoors and it's very hot and humid here in south Louisiana, could this be the problem? Any suggestions would be helpful. It's getting expensive to buy worms each time we go fishing. They are living when I put them in the ice chest but disappear a few days later. What am I doing wrong? We go catfishing in fresh water bayous. Thanks for your time and have a nice day. 
 
 

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Re: How to keep fishing worms alive
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2008, 10:45:13 AM »
The worms need fresh air to breath, you are baking and smoothering them at the same time.  Leave the lid off the ice chest and keep the ice chest in a cool dark place.

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Re: How to keep fishing worms alive
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2008, 12:13:53 PM »
I agree with Big M.  They need a cool dark place.
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Re: How to keep fishing worms alive
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2008, 01:52:13 PM »
We would keep them for weeks at a time in the refrigerator, just make sure the lids on tight, wouldn't want to get special spaghetti :o

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Re: How to keep fishing worms alive
« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2008, 03:58:17 PM »
We would keep them for weeks at a time in the refrigerator, just make sure the lids on tight, wouldn't want to get special spaghetti :o

My wife keeps the nightcrawlers she uses in the fridge also, and they seem to last quite awhile.  I guess the cold slows-down they're metabolism..................if a worm has a fast metabolism to start with, lol 
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Re: How to keep fishing worms alive
« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2008, 05:23:59 PM »
I wonder if there is something in the potting soil or the cornmeal that is causing them to "melt away"??(In addition to the lack of air and cool spot.) My dad use to raise wigglers in a washtub that was burried two thirds in the ground and half full on dirt on the shady side of the shop. He took care of them so they didn't leave. Fed them a few tater peels and little bone meal every once in awhile(plus some other stuff I'm sure). If I remember correctly, the cornmeal should be of the "plain" variety. The stuff in "self-rising" may be burning them up!?

Hope this helped.

At least check into those things that I mentioned.

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Re: How to keep fishing worms alive
« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2008, 05:29:08 PM »
I worked for an old Chief years ago in Charleston, SC that had worm beds. Occasionally  he'd go to some of the various offices where we worked and collect their used coffee grounds at the end of the work day.  He put the grounds on the worm beds.  Anyone ever heard of that practice for worms?  Apparently he raised some dang big nigthcrawlers! 


Thinking back to how strong some of that coffee was, those must have been some stout worms, lol. 
« Last Edit: March 04, 2008, 05:43:23 PM by Waterwings »
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Re: How to keep fishing worms alive
« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2008, 05:32:23 PM »
Yea we used to do the same.

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Re: How to keep fishing worms alive
« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2008, 04:06:01 AM »
My Grandmother used to put coffee grounds in her flower beds. Biggest dang worm I have ever seen!

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Re: How to keep fishing worms alive
« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2008, 08:43:55 PM »
From what I understand, the worms that have been raised in the coffee grounds do most of the work underwater, because they're hyper from all the caffeine and twitch a lot, lol   ::)
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Re: How to keep fishing worms alive
« Reply #10 on: March 06, 2008, 04:09:48 AM »
What

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Re: How to keep fishing worms alive
« Reply #11 on: September 17, 2008, 07:34:26 AM »
I got this method to Keep Worms-Night-Crawlers Alive Longer from Versus, I tried the method & it WORKED.* 1st you get a small ice-chest, like the six-pack size, then you add water, about a 1/4 full, next add ice, a couple of hands full.   I added some from the bags of ice @ the stores, then, you take the Night-Crawlers out of the Original Container, (styrofoam), you can clean Most of the dirt off the worms, yet you don't have to take all the dirt off.  Drop them in the water & iced-chest, specially on Hot-Days, it Kept them from turning to Mush  :wormy  I've used this method a few times, & It Really works, compared to the 'ol way, just leaving them in the container.  Hope yall find this Method Helpful, try it it works, I've also kept them in the Fridge. @ home between trips, sometimes they've survived, & sometimes they've not lasted more than a week & 1/2  :shrug , "Take Care", L8r. James,"VATO LOCO"<;({})><  :crazy345  8)

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Re: How to keep fishing worms alive
« Reply #12 on: March 02, 2009, 05:09:29 AM »
Get ya some old newspapers and lay 'em down on top of the dirt and damp them. Or you just make sure you keep them in a shaded area and keep the soil damp. With it as hot as it is, it won't take much for the worms to come to the top and bake.

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Re: How to keep fishing worms alive
« Reply #13 on: May 09, 2009, 02:21:13 PM »
get rid of the poting soil and go real easy on the corn meal and coffee grounds, make your bedding out of maple leaves and keep them damp and cool, check for to much moisture in the bottom on occasion and drain as necessary.  Maple leaves are free and natural food.
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