Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Lively Fishing Worms:

My father liked to fish, often using worms as bait. He would go outside in summer, about an hour after sunset, to collect the nightcrawlers that came out looking for mates. I remember some fun evenings joining him to catch worms. Dad experimented with media to store the worms until he was ready to fish. He found that the best way to keep them alive was to put them in a can with topsoil and coffee grounds.

One recent morning I had to go out and do things without benefit of my morning coffee. I got to thinking about these worms and suddenly it hit me: Of course they were lively, from all that caffeine!


Martin Langeland said...

Did he ever try an electric worm digger?
A summer neighbor in the forties planted two screw driver handled steel rods connected to either pole of a battery about three feet apart. The worms emerged between the two poles with the alacrity of students in a school fire drill. they were lively too!

tobyr21@gmail.com said...

It was so easy to catch worms at night, no need for a machine to call to them.
- PB