Still debating about what can make the best bait is for fishing early in the season? Of course, it still has to be worms. But if you’re one of those early fishers who want to have a leg up (or fish boot) ahead of your competition, you are going to be met by ice-covered lakes and be left with the only option of fishing at mouths of brooks. The water is still quite cold at this time and you are guaranteed to have pretty sluggish trout and have hard time fishing.
What kind of worms would be good to use, you ask? While the garden variety of worms still makes for decent bait, your best bet would definitely have to be the night crawler. True to its name, the night crawler crawls on the ground’s surface usually at night. If you are not familiar with this name, perhaps you know them more as dew worms. Yes, that also means you’d easily spot them when the soil is moist with either rain or dew.
It’s going to be a bit difficult at first to look for these creepy crawlies but let the weather warm up a bit more and you’d be able to conduct night-time searches for these worms. Night crawlers are general huge worms that can measure up to 10 inches lengthwise. You know you got the right worm when you see a dark-coloured end or the head where its brain is and its tail which is rather flat in shape and has a lighter colour.
While its surface feels quite smooth, it is, in fact, covered with a lot of tiny bristles. These bristles help the night crawlers move easily and anchor them to the ground. Expect to have a bit of difficulty pulling them out of the ground. They might not be able to hear you but they are quite sensitive to vibrations that happen in the soil. Walk up to it and you’d see them move away from you rather quickly. Also, you must remember that worms are without lungs so they get oxygen directly through their skin (that’s why it’s moist and slimy). Obviously if it dries out, the worm dies.
If you are sceptical about whether trout have encountered creatures like earth worms, they actually have and these worms play an important part of these fishes’ diet. When rain and high water flushes worms out of the soil and into rivers and brooks, that’s when they get eaten.
Fishing is a great way to pass time. This popular hobby is considered a fun way to relax by many. If you want to make the most of your next fishing expedition, here are a few tips we hope can help you get a great catch.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a novice or already a pro when it comes to fishing, you have to remember to always carry the proper gear. Think about what types of lures and live bait you will take with you in line with what kind of fish you want to catch. You must know what works best in every fishing situation you will find yourself in.
If you pick worms as your bait, you must remember to securely thread it to the hook and make sure to use a small fishing hook. If you properly thread the worm to your hook, fish will more likely eat it.
Another tip for those using earthworms is to make these things look bigger by fattening them the night before your trip. This will trick the fishes into believing your bait is bigger than it is. You can do this by lining a flat container with newspapers and placing worms in it. Afterwards, place it in the fridge overnight. The extra humidity and cooler temperature inside the refrigerator will plump up your worms a bit.
Now if you intend to use lures, you should know about the different kind of lures available and work with them based on the type of fish you want to catch. People will tend to use a favorite to catch fish and use this in different conditions but this shouldn’t be how you go about fishing. You can increase your chances of getting a great catch if you take the time out to learn about the different lure types and what works for one condition or another.
You may also want to consider using a spinnerbait if you’re done with using earthworms. These lures work well in shady areas or in other parts where visibility is hazy. Spinnerbaits usually attract bass but they can also work on crappies.
Remember that bass are more likely to be seen at dawn or dusk or hours close to those specified times. They are usually out feeding then. If it’s an overcast day or the lake is looking quite murky, you might be able to catch a few during the day.
And always remember that you put safety first when you fish, though. Make sure your fishing spots don’t have currents or present any possibility of slipping. Take note of low hanging tree branches, fishing worms and wear a life jacket if you intend to be near the water. Just make sure you take extra precautions to keep safe.