Archive for July 2013

Grow Your Own Worms

Worms are the most commonly used bait for fishing. Guaranteed to catch almost anything that swims and has become an intrinsic part of our angling history. With that said why wouldnt you want to raise your own worms instead of paying $2 to $3 a dozen. The process is fairly simple and if your like myself and fish every chance you get, it just makes sense.

Although many varieties of worms exist, night crawlers are the most readily available. Reaching upwards of 9 inches in length, their large size and exceptional vigor make them an excellent choice for most angling situations. I often use the garden hose to spray down the yard and wait for night to come. You will find that the majority will lie on the grass or earth, the lower half of their body concealed in their “hole.” Others will be completely sprawled on the surface of the ground.  After an overnight rain has fallen is also a good time . Night crawlers will often be stern about on sidewalks, roads, and driveway.

Now to making a worm bed. This is a rather simple process as you can use almost any type of container or buy a one made for that purpose but I find that the best type of container is made of wood. Make your bedding following these steps listed below.

Setting up your Worm Bed

1. Start the worm-bed by shredding 1-inch strips of newspaper, enough to fill the container.
2. Soak the shredded strips of newspapers with water.  Squeeze out the excess water and fluff-up the wet newspaper.  Place the fluffed-up wet newspaper into the container.  The container should be one-half to three-fourths full.
3. In a well lighted area or outside on a sunny day empty the worms on top of the shredded newspaper (making sure the light or sun is shining down on the box).  The worms will quickly go down into the bedding material because they don’t like the light. (If the area isn’t well lighted the worms won’t go down into the bedding and they might crawl out).  Once they go into the bedding they will start making their new home in the bedding.  Keep the bedding moist, but not wet, then;
4. Add a little soil over the bedding material.  Worms need soil or sand to digest their food.  Wait for about 7 days before adding other food to the worm bed.  The worms need to become acclimated to their new environment for the first week.

What do you feed worms?
After one week you can start adding fruit or vegetable scraps of any kind. Peelings or rinds from apples, avocado skins and pits, banana peelings, berries, cantaloupe rinds, carrots, (worms don’t like citrus as much as other fruits), cucumbers, grapes, green beans, greens of any kind, lettuce leaves, melons and melon rinds, onions, pears, pineapple, potatoes, tomatoes, or, strawberries, etc.

They also like brown and green leaves, small amounts of grass clippings, straw, hay, yard trimmings, cow and horse manure, rabbit droppings, peat moss, and even sawdust, wood chips and mulch are great for Vermiculture.

The worm bed should never smell sour. If it smells sour then add calcium carbonate, crushed egg shells, dirt, sand, or more newspaper.  Usually if the bed smells sour it’s too wet.

Worms love fruit and vegetable trimmings but their mouths are very small.  Sometimes it is a good idea to put the worm food in a blender to liquefy it.

Things you should not feed worms

1. Do not feed the worms cat or dog poop because they eat meat products.

2. Do not feed them meat or dairy products.  Meat and dairy products like milk, cheese, eggs whites or yokes will sour and attract rodents.  Egg shells are fine to crush and feed to the worms.

3. Don’t Overfeed the Worms!

Collecting worms is a fun and money-saving hobby that is guaranteed to put a bend in the rod. With proper care, your investment can last all season long, and provide you with fresh and ample bait that has been hand picked — one worm at a time.

Kiser Lake 7/27/13

Woke up this morning at 4:30 AM to a heavy down pour of rain and contemplated on whether to go fishing or not. Fishing fever clouded my judgement and I headed back down to Kiser Lake to meet up with my buddeis JW and Jerry. Despite all the rain and getting soaking wet we had a great time. The fish were biting just as good as did last week and I ended up landing 16 bluegill and 5 white bass. Gave Jerry all but 2 of the bluegill and kept the white bass. I also cuaght a soft shell turtle again.

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Wild Life Rescue

As most people know I work at a prison and one of the programs that our Institution has is a wild life rescue that is run by inmates. They care and nurture wild animals that have been wounded and babies that were abandoned for one reason or another. They have ducks, possums, rabbits, racoons, squirrels and other wild life. The program seeks out people that are willing to take out and release these animals back into the wild. Today I participated in my first release and brought home 3 squirrels that I released out behind my house.

If you have woods or a pond and are interested in having some released at your place please contact me by using the contact us form on this site or leave a reply here on this post. I have 18 ducks coming in the next few weeks and all but 7 of them are spoken for.

 

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Kiser Lake 7/20/13

Got up bright and early this morning and headed down to Kiser Lake to meet up with my buddy J.W. and his dad Jerry. I arrived around 6:30 AM and got my gear set up and within a few minutes of getting my bait in the water I landed a catfish. I missed on my next 2 casts and landed another catfish on the next one. A few casts later I cuaght a white bass and then it was on, I couldnt keep my line in more than a minute before I was getting a hit. Ended up landing a total of ten keepers, 4 catfish, 4 white bass and 2 bluegill. The fish were hitting so good from the banks that I passed on going out on the boat. I diffidently found me a new honey hole.

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Rumble’s Catfish Dough Balls

Most anglers who spend any amount of time fishing lakes and rivers know that catfish go after stink baits, and the smellier the better. Catfish are bottom feeders that locate food in the murky depths mainly by sense of smell. Here is the concoction that I use to make my dough balls for catfish.

 

 

 

Ingredients

2 cups Cereal ( You can actually use just about any type of cereal)
Garlic powder
Chicken Bullion Cubes ( I actually use the flavoring packs out of ramen soups)
1 Can of  Sardines in Oil
1 tsp Liquid Smoke
5 Tbs Honey
1/4 cup of Water
Flour

 

Instructions:

Measure two cups of cereal, bullion cubes and 1 tbsp. garlic powder into a large resealable plastic bag and seal the bag.
Crush the cereal, bullion cube and garlic into coarse crumbs by pressing on the bag with your hands.

Add sardines, liquid smoke and honey to the bag

Seal the bag and knead the ingredients together with your hands on the outside of the bag.

Add 1/4 cup of water and knead it some more

Add 1/4 cup of flour to the bag and knead it into the catfish bait. Continue to add 1/4 cup of flour at a time until the bait is the consistency of bread dough. The flour will help bind the bait together and make it thick enough to stay on your hook while you fish.

When you get done with it it should look like this. I then put it into the refrigerator over night and let it set up nice and firm. Then I just pull a piece off and bait my hook when I go out fishing.

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