Raising Worms Update

by Les Albjerg
(Caldwell, ID)

Yesterday I worked on one of my worm bins as well as "The Park Avenue."

The most stunning revelation was how much bigger the worms were in the Park Avenue. Well fed and pampered worms fair much better than those feasting on veggie scraps and spent coffee grounds.

I moved three more dozen worms to my scouring container from the Park Avenue. I moved two dozen worms from my compost bin to the Park Avenue to see if they will plump up.

My scoured worms are looking really good. I'll be doing a lot more worm fishing in the next month. Now that I have caught a fish on a Kebari with the Becchou, it is time to catch some fish on worms with it.

After fishing worms for a little over a year now, my preferred hook has become the Gamakatsu Amago 7.5. There are several reason why I have gravitated to this hook for almost all of my worm fishing. The most important is that you almost always get a lip hook, so releasing the fish is easy. The shape of the hook leads to a solid hook-up as well. You can use all methods of hooking the worm with this hook. It is fairly easy to thread the worm on the hook as W.C. Stewart teaches in his book. The simple hooking through the back muscle that I like works well. The parallel method that I came up with also works well with this hook.

I snell an 18 inch leader on them. Don't be afraid of snelling hooks!

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