Nightcrawlers: Simple Steps to Build a Worm Farm Details Here!

By: mark fleagle


!p>Fishing with nightcrawlers for fish species such as walleye, bass and trout is quite common. The trouble is you need lots and lots of nightcrawlers or worms to fish for these species. If you are a avid walleye fisherman you know what i mean. You are constantly re-baiting your hook to make your live bait presentation enticing, and it is very easy to use dozens of nightcrawlers in one fishing outing. To limit or eliminate your cost of live bait it makes good sense to build a worm farm and raise your own night crawlers and worms. You will be amazed how simple this actually is.
To build a worm farm you need to understand a few basic principles of worms and nightcrawlers. Worms are what is called a hermaphrodites. Basically what this means is that both the female and male worm or nightcrawler have sex organs so therefore they are both breeders. You still need to have two worms worms to breed but since they are both breeders it doesn't mater if you have male or female worms, just that you have two nightcrawlers. Catching both is very simple to do, But before we get there there is some preparation you need to do. and that is constructing your worm box and filling it with the right kind of soil.
You can either construct a worm box that you can locate outside of the ground say in your basement or garage or you can construct one that fits in the ground. Night crawlers and other worms feed by eating their way through the ground so you want the soil you put in your worm box to be fertile and full of nutrients. If you have a compost pile this type of soil is perfect. dead or rotting vegetation in the soil is perfect for nightcrawlers and other worms to feed on. Or you can go to a local garden soil and purchase at least 25 lbs of fertile soil to start out with. In order for your worms to reproduce consistently you need to keep your soil moist and full of nutrients at all times. left over table scraps ground up and sprinkled over the the surface of your worm box works great for feeding nightcrawlers.
To construct a worm box get yourself some 1 x 12" white or yellow pine. you want your box to be at least 24 inches deep so you will have (2) 12 " wide boards stacked together on for sides. the length and width of your box should be at least 3ft by 3ft. So you finished worm farm box would be 24" deep x 36" deep x 36" long. Once you have your box completed line the inside with plastic sheeting 1/8" thick if possible. attach to the bottom and all insides of you box with adhesive or a staple gun. next if you have some ground up table scraps and newspaper mixed all together sprinkle it evenly in the bottom. next fill your box with your fertile soil to within 2 " from the top of the box. Then mix the soil and sprinkling all together. Know you are ready to fill your box with crawlers for a box this size you need to start off with at least 6 dozen nice fat nightcrawlers.
Now you are ready to start catching your night crawlers. Wait for a rainy night and get your flashlights together and head out to the lawn after dark. Make sure you do not shine your flashlight directly on the crawlers. What you want to is sneak up so you can get your hand behind them then put your hand over them and squeeze gently this will make it easier to pull the nightcarwlers out of the whole. One thing you want to look for is two night crawlers that are all slimy and right next to each other all stretched out. these are breeding crawlers and pick up as many of these as you can find because that way you will have baby nightcrawlers in your box with 2 to three weeks.
Well folks that concludes our article about nightcrawlers We sincerely hope you use our fishing information on your next fishing trip Good Luck!

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