Worms for Fishing
Natural baits are those which most anglers are accustomed to using, such baits as angleworms, minnows, frogs, grasshoppers, helgramites, grubs, salt pork, crickets and any kind of real fish-food. Most common of all baits is the angleworm, and it is used more than any other, because it can be so easily secured, it can be used for all kinds of fish, and is accepted by all, large and small alike, no matter whether they are surface feeders or those that look for food at the bottom. The worms may be used just as taken from the ground, and are generally used in that condition, but they may be made better bait if properly prepared. Worms, to make first-class bait, should be dug a week before wanted for use, then washed and placed in damp moss in an earthen jar. The moss is washed and wrung as dry as possible and all sticks and hard objects picked out. They should be sorted out every second day and the dead or sickly ones thrown away. A few bread crumbs soaked in milk may be given them occasionally and the moss should also be changed. In a week of this treatment the worms become toughened and thoroughly emptied of earthy matter, and in this condition they make the best bait. The jar must be kept in a cool place.
Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.
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