OUTDOORS: Worms catch variety of fish

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Outdoor Tales

By Peter W. Zubaty, Sports Editor

Most anglers started fishing with live worms before they later tried artificial worms or other baits. And live worms remain a favorite for many. Worms are inexpensive or free, and they catch fish.

There are many different types of worms. Some work better than others for various species of fish. The availability of the various worms also is a factor.

Certainly, there are other types of live fishing bait. There are minnows, crawfish, crickets, leaches and more, but worms probably top the list for freshwater anglers.

One of the most popular and highly regarded fishing books, “Lunkers Love Nightcrawlers,” by Buck Perry, provides strong evidence that nightcrawlers are responsible for tricking more trophy bass onto a hook than any other bait, live or artificial.

According to the folks at Frabill, a fishing product manufacturer for more than 70 years, “the list of popular freshwater fish species that’ll sample these plump earthen dwellers is long.

“Bluegills on chunks; crappies with a piece on a jig; catfish and bullhead whiskers stand on end for juicy crawlers; walleyes inhale them offered on a variety of delivery systems like spinners and live bait rigs; largemouth and smallmouth bass engulf crawlers in virtually any fishing situation.”

Frabill has developed a series of live bait videos, which are available for viewing or downloading on the internet at YouTube. There you can search for Frabill nightcrawlers. It is a short video (less than three minutes) but provides interesting information about using worms for fish bait. It includes information about everything from harvesting wild nightcrawlers to caring for them afterward, both short-term and long-term.


Vintage campers

The third annual Southern Indiana Vintage Camper Rally is slated for Fowler Park and Pioneer Village, located just south of Terre Haute, Ind., June 11.

RVers all will be at least 25 years old, and reservations already have been received for units from eight states, including Kentucky.

The vintage RV group has taken over the entire campground for the event, however it will be open to the public to view the rigs on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. Viewing will be free.


Safety reminder

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources department has issued a safety reminder for Memorial Day weekend and the coming summer months.

“Thanks to this years record setting rainfall, many farmers and homeowners are still dealing with flooded fields and basements that just won’t seem to dry up. Our area lakes reached levels that we have never seen since their creation by the Army Corps of Engineers in the 1960s. 

A handful of people claimed to have witnessed a large wooden boat loaded with all types of animals, being operated by an eccentric old man who answered to the name ‘Noah,’ but this was never confirmed. Now that the rains have eased up, lake levels are dropping and will eventually return to normal.  

“Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner, and is unofficially the beginning of the summer boating season. If your summer plans include boating, skiing, swimming, fishing, etc., there are laws and rules that you definitely need to know. Following these will not only help you avoid a costly citation from your local conservation officer, but will also keep you and those around you safe while on the water. The best way to become familiar with the rules of the water is to read through our 2011 Fishing and Boating Guide, which is free at any store that sells hunting and fishing licenses.”


Contact outdoors writer Phil Junker by e-mail at outdoorscribe@yahoo.com.