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Emaciated Worms

by Mark Larkin
(SE Arizona)

Been keiryu fishing for the last couple of years and love it. From big rivers, to small ponds, to tiny headwater creeks, it is really a fun way to fish. I mostly use red wigglers that I raise in a Les A. inspired worm ranch. They are great for bass and bluegill in the low country and trout in the high country. An issue I sometimes have is, while the worms are in good shape when I fill my bait box from the worm ranch, they are about twice as long and very skinny by the time I get to use them on the water. Often so skinny I have problems getting them on the hook (usually a Gamakatsu R 10 B, size 12, which is a pretty light hook). I use soil from the worm ranch in the bait box, and often keep the box and worms in the fridge or a cooler until I use them. Anybody else having these problems?

Mark Larkin
SE Arizona

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Aug 11, 2020
Too cool
by: Les Albjerg

Wrigglers preference is temperatures between about 45 and 85 degrees. I prefer to condition my worms in moss for a couple of days at room temperature. I use a half gallon container. I don’t put them in my bait box until I head out. I keep the half gallon container in a cooler in the car. I’ve found this keeps them in great shape. Hope this helps.

Aug 12, 2020
I’ll give it try
by: Mark Larkin

I’ll give the better temperature control a try. Also the moss. Always figured I should scour the worms, but have been too lazy to do so.

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