Nightcrawler Trick

Discussion in 'Catfishing Baits' started by Umba, Jul 18, 2006.

  1. Umba

    Umba New Member

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    Hello,
    Has anyone heard of using a leaf spring rubbed across a wooden stake to bring the nightcrawlers out of the ground?If so do you have any details?
    Umba
     
  2. catseeman

    catseeman New Member

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    No I have not heard of the leaf spring, I heard of using a 1x4 board but never had any luck with it.
     

  3. dcaruthers

    dcaruthers New Member

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    Todd,

    I grew up learning to do this. It is called "Fiddling" and we call the earthworms "Fiddle worms". We would cut off a small sapling leaving about a foot tall stump. Rake all the leaves back around the root system, take a flat rock and rub back and forth accross the top of the stump creating vibrations. A dull hand saw will work also. The vibrations force the worms to the top...they stretch out for the plucking. I find that you must pick trees with good root systems and there must be worms in the area for it to work. My brothers and I used to fill gallon jugs and sell them to local worm farmers.
     
  4. janton311

    janton311 New Member

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    Thats pretty cool David, I'll have to try that...
     
  5. dcaruthers

    dcaruthers New Member

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    A lot of folks don't believe it works, but I grew up doing it and let me be the first to guarantee it. My pops said it was a mountain boy tradition that was handed that has been used as long as his family can remember. With the price of bait nowadays, its worth a try even for the skeptics. If anyone needs any details feel free to PM me.
     
  6. channelcathunter64

    channelcathunter64 New Member

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    yea we used to take metal pipe and jam into the ground and take a file and scrap it against the pipe, worked best for me after a good rain
     
  7. flaboy

    flaboy New Member

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    worked in fla. too!
     
  8. paleocaver

    paleocaver New Member

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    I remember doing it maybe 20 years ago but can't recall the best types of soil to do this in. I'll have to give this a try again.
     
  9. Deltalover

    Deltalover New Member

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    I love learning little tricks like that! I will have to give it a try! Thanks for sharing, everyone!
     
  10. dcaruthers

    dcaruthers New Member

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  11. Umba

    Umba New Member

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    Thanks to David and eveyone else for their input,I had heard of it but it was from someone who likes to pull peoples legs about as much as I do.Wasn't sure if it as true or I was getting sent on a snipe hunt.Thanks again.
    Umba
     
  12. laidbck111

    laidbck111 New Member

    thanks for a new trick that I have to try out.
     
  13. MOOSE3.5

    MOOSE3.5 New Member

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    Neat. I'll have to try that.
     
  14. Being a sceptic myself I think that a lot of vibration would bring them up anyway you do it. Like right now in california its been so dry that I doubt anyone would have luck finding worms. If I was back home I would stick to looking under logs and waiting for a hard rain to bring them out to make it a bit easier on myself.
     
  15. ike whitson

    ike whitson New Member

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    Why, DON'T OR CAN'T YOU SHOCK THEM UP?
     
  16. Fishnhuntforever

    Fishnhuntforever New Member

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    Time is money to me! I have very little time to spend doing things I like to do so I think I would stick to spending $2 at the store for my worms. Besides it helps the economy flow and keeps people carrying bait so I have a place to get it. But it is a very interesting way to go about getting your bait. Thanks for the information!
     
  17. borntocatfish

    borntocatfish New Member

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    lots of great tips thanks brothers
     
  18. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    Thanks for the great tips Brothers!!!