Worms are used extensively as bait for freshwater fish, as the most economic and effective option. There are a few things beginning anglers should know about fishing with worms. Two popular varieties of fishing worms are European nightcrawlers and earthworms. Earthworms are smaller than nightcrawlers, making them an easier choice for an amateur angler. If you do not want to go digging in your garden, you can find them at a convenience store near the fishing location or the sporting section of Wal-Mart.
Earthworms and nightcrawlers are also favorites of the fish. Species like pumpkinseeds, catfish, carp, perch, bass, eels, and bluegills are huge fans of worms and will come quickly to an earthworm if the bait is set properly.
Conveniently, fishing worms can survive through most weather conditions, allowing them to be stored for future use. They prefer cool temperatures and can be kept in the refrigerator for weeks when not in use. One of the best ways to keep them around is to create a soil bed as a temporary habitat. You can also use unused wading pools filled with peat moss, moist leaves, or damp soil to keep your worms.
Hooking a worm properly is crucial and takes some practice. Rig the worms between ¼ and ½ inch from the top end with the hook. Earthworms, being smaller in size, are more difficult to hook, though easier for the fish to bite.
While live worms may require a little more preparation, they are much more appealing to fish than artificial baits and make the angling experience much more authentic. Learning to fish with live worms is a rewarding experience and is sure to bring you success with the fish.