Do you love big bluegill?
ive been thinking of raising my own nightcrawlers or atleast fiding them and storing them.
any tips or ideas
ya night crawlers are about 3dollars a dozen and waxies are about 2.50 for 2 dozen getting expensive.. in spring i will fish about 4 days a week weather permitting..
i would really like to raise waxworms because thats what i use 80 percent of the time
so how do you raise waxies leo?
Part 2 of the reply. Sorry, was starting dinner and did a quick reply. Didn't finish everything.
Instead typing up what I did, here's a quick run-down:
Just the worms in my composter. There's an old book called Lunkers Love Nightcrawlers that has a lot of good nightcrawler and fishing info. No, I ain't selling mine ;-) It shows up on eBay once in a while.
Ive raised worms. It isn't hard, but you cant be in a hurry. They will take months to reach a useful quantity. They require monitoring, too - you can't just forget them. They need food and water like any other creature. They dont take much attention, but you have to keep up with them.
You can raise them in large plastic tote bins, in a climate controlled space. That's very neat and they can be made to self-separate over time. This means that you wont have to hunt for them when you want them, as they will migrate to one spot in the bin. It's a pretty neat experiment, but probably the best way to to do it with the least effort is to let them grow in a backyard compost pile.
You prep it by placing a barrier below that they cannot get out of and them let Nature take its course. Some plastic window screen comes to mind, for example. My old neighbor sunk a bathtub in his yard, and raised them in that! Ive never tried anything as ambitious as that, but it worked for him.
The other baits mentioned are not worms at all, but the larvae of beetles, flies and moths. You become something of a "bug rancher" with these. However, the results are probably worth it - I say "probably" since I have never fished with waxies, mousies, or even maggots. Personally, I like the humble worm.
A very good place to start is Google. Just search the words "worms - bait - do it yourself - backyard," etc. Another source of information is The Mother Earth News. They have a searchable data base, and as I recall, good information on making "worm farms" on the cheap.