Green Worms

Discussion in 'LOCAL KANSAS TALK' started by Catfish Shawn, Oct 9, 2008.

  1. Catfish Shawn

    Catfish Shawn New Member

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    Does anyone know where to get Green Worms around my area? I hear the flats love them.
     
  2. Katatonik

    Katatonik New Member

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    I have been told that these are available on most established creek banks
    and they are not a specific breed of worm but a local variant. Whenever
    I have had them in the past I have had access to a creek running through
    private land and was able to dig for them in the spring when the ground
    warmed. That was fourty years ago. And it was channel cats that I used
    these for but every fish in the stream wanted them. I think they washed
    into the river during spring rains. Chicken guts were easier to work with
    and I didn't have to go hunting for the chicken guts so I used them more
    often than the green worms. They were sort of a motor oil color with a
    greenish sheen and stank badly on the hook. Not as bad as guts, though.
     

  3. rush_60

    rush_60 New Member

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    I get mine on the edge of an old hog lot. The lot was concrete and sloped. All the worms are on the side where the water carried all the manure and feed. They arent real big and it takes a couple to fill a hook, but they are juicy, mean (they try to bite), and stink like crazy. I've put bigger ones on the hook and pulled them in after being in water over 30 minutes and they still wiggle like you just put them on.
     
  4. n2fishn

    n2fishn New Member

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    Shawn use to dig them under the bridge on the south side of the Wakkie on old hwy 75.

    Also can get them at the wakkie bridge north side south of Dons steak house.
     
  5. shelbygt1979

    shelbygt1979 New Member

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  6. warcraft1975

    warcraft1975 New Member

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    you must be awful close to me thats just the other side of town fro me
     
  7. warcraft1975

    warcraft1975 New Member

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    green worms can be found all along the river around here in the good blck moist soil very close to the waters egde most lakes will have them too around here. you would be hard pressed not to find some pretty fast i have found areas that are so full of them you can fill a large coffee tin with just worms
     
  8. Katatonik

    Katatonik New Member

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    Great links, Shelby! That's just how I remember them looking, too.
    The greenish stuff in their guts will draw every fish in that body of water
    to feed even if the fish have been feeding regularly and well. I always
    used three or more on a hook and drifted them through a riffle into the
    hole by feeding line while holding the rod tip high to keep most of the
    line off the water. Read about the technique in a trout fishing book.
    Not hard to do. Usually don't have to set the hook, the fish are racing
    each other to get to the bait first and hit it like a freight train.
     
  9. Katatonik

    Katatonik New Member

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    They are a sectioned worm and move by using bristles extended or withdrawn
    through the mucus like secretions lining their tunnels in the soil. I imagine
    the "biting" feeling is getting spiked by these bristles when the worm tries
    to move on your hand. It is alarming if you don't expect it. I've dug worms
    a lot over the years and have yelped more than once. Honest, you can't
    be bit, the critters have no jaws and frankly no use for them.
     
  10. n2fishn

    n2fishn New Member

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    Tom I live in Topeka but I get a round a little.
    Are you going to make the gathering at Milford on the 24th?
    Woulld really like to meet you...

    Michael I like the new picture....When did you catch him?
     
  11. Catfish Shawn

    Catfish Shawn New Member

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    the wakkie is just down the road from me. I will try to get some before I got out tonight. Thanks for the input guys.
     
  12. Katatonik

    Katatonik New Member

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    Tuttle Creek Outlet, East Bank sitting in the loose riprap like Dale told me
    to at the last gathering drifting crawdad scented guts 3ft under a float
    last week of September. About 25in length, estimated 8lbs caught at
    twilight, after picture he was supper for me and Mary my wife. Used
    Berkeley Gulp spray scent on the last cast of the day and lucked out.
    Fought well but had him on 20lb Fireline. Wanna find one more my size.
    Thanks for askin', bro.
     
  13. Catfish Fever

    Catfish Fever New Member

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    I've wasted time digging them up on the banks of the Republican River and Chapman Creek, to use on Milford Lake. I've since found out they work where they're available to the Cats. They never even got me a bite on Milford, still fishing or driftilng.
     
  14. rush_60

    rush_60 New Member

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    Some species of worms do actually bite. I belive one variety is the blood worm. I think they live in the north east. people wade out into knee high mud to catch these (I saw them on "dirtiest jobs"). When you grab the green ones they whip their head around and go after your fingers. I've never held on long enough to find out if they bite. But they sure are aggressive compared to earthworms that try to get away.
     
  15. Katatonik

    Katatonik New Member

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    I hope to avoid blood worms. I'm gonna have the wife burn me to ashes
    if I go before her. Now I hope that is still the cheapest way to get rid of
    my carcass when the time comes. Lord knows I don't want to cost her
    a penny more than I have to. Maybe I'll get lucky and the river will keep
    me when I go out one day. It would suit me fine to feed the fish that
    fed me, trouble is that they would waste a lot of time and resources to
    drag my used up self off the bottom and back into their system of
    "justice". All just to satisfy their morbid accounting then present the bill to
    a destitute widow to pay. They have a sick sense of humor. Can't win,
    can't break even, can't get out of the game, brothers.
     
  16. rush_60

    rush_60 New Member

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    Donate your body to science. They actually pay you for that. Of course you have to accept the fact that they will probably use your body for weird test or let medical students practice procedures on you.
     
  17. kyredneck

    kyredneck New Member

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    Look what the University of California has on their website about green worms:

    “Believed unpalatable to many fish”

    http://www.sarep.ucdavis.edu/worms/profile1.htm

    Blows my mind. I know for a fact from experience that green worms are gourmet eating to every fish in the river. Goes to show you that just because they have a college degree doesn’t mean everything they say is correct.
     
  18. Katatonik

    Katatonik New Member

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    "And if you can't do or teach, you administrate" H.L.Menkein around 1948.
    Now we have that fraction of people that could care less about the question
    even if it deals with life in general to deal with. That's the people this
    misinformation is aimed at you know. You know what the answer is. Shut up
    or you'll wake up the mentally dead people that this is intended for!!!
     
  19. Catfish Fever

    Catfish Fever New Member

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    Larry, as far as Milford Lake Cats, never even got a bite with one of those things.
     
  20. n2fishn

    n2fishn New Member

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    Jim i have never seen any body of water where cats would not hit them.But, i never tried them at milford.

    Maybe you had them hooked on the wrong end ( head down):smile2::smile2: