fishing bait Worm Farming for Compost
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"The millions of microbes living inside worms make short work of converting your kitchen waste…and other organic matter into nutrient-rich compost.”

Fish like movement in their food, as their natural prey are often other fish. Using jigs and small, flashy spoons mimic the real thing. However, always opt for natural bait when possible. Slow wintertime fish need to be enticed with slow jigging movements.

One of the best ways to ensure that you have suitable and reliable live bait is by raising it yourself.

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Nightcrawlers are probably the most popular worm used as fishing bait. Unfortunately, they are difficult to raise because they burrow deep in the ground. They also die very quickly when submerged. On the other hand, red wigglers are tantalizing fishing lures because they survive much longer underwater and will keep wiggling on your hook while alive. The downside to red wigglers is that even the adults are short and thin. To overcome this shortcoming, fatten your red wigglers for fishing by feeding them worm superfood. Below is a worm-fattening recipe from


  • 1 cup agricultural lime, bone meal or powdered oyster shell
  • 1 cup wheat flour or corn flour
  • 2 cups bran meal or wheat meal
  • 4 cups alfalfa meal or pellets
  • 5 cups chicken layer pellets or crumbles
  • 1 cup powdered milk

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This article originally published in THE NEW PIONEER® Winter 2015 issue. Print and Digital Subscriptions to THE NEW PIONEER magazine are available here.


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