New way to catch fishing bait

Discussion in 'The Great Outdoors' started by cowboy joe, Sep 25, 2006.

  1. cowboy joe

    cowboy joe Hired Hand

    Sep 13, 2003
    western New York
    I was cleaning black walnuts the other day and noticed something odd when I was dumping the water I washed the nuts with...worms...not in the shell, nightcrawlers...lots of them coming out from the ground where I dumped the water.

    Why is this odd? It was the middle of a sunny afternoon.

    Black walnuts contain alot of tannin. This isn't the first time I've seen this...suppose I'm just a little slow...never put two & two together. Anyway, seems the worms don't like the tannin.

    So I did a little experiment. I went back & grabbed a can, filled it with water, dropped in a couple of the hulls, then let it sit for a minute or two. I grabbed a can of fresh water too & headed for a spot next to the wood line. I dumped part of the fresh water on one patch & the tannin tea on the other. Within minutes, there were a half dozen worms coming up in the tannin tea patch...nothing where the plain water was. I poured some of the tea on the plain water spot & sure enough out came the nightcrawlers. Cool!

    This gives me a real easy way to catch worms. I'll save some of the hulls to make up some tea next time I go fishing & need some bait. Don't know yet if the worms need to be washed off before using them to get rid of the tannin taste / smell. Guess I need to go fishing to find out.
  2. Bear

    Bear Well-Known Member

    Jan 25, 2005
    Black walnut trees contain a toxic chemical called jugalone. That is why when you plant anything around them, the plants usually die. That's probably why the worms come to the surface trying to escape this chemical. There's an old indian trick to catching fish,which is illegal in almost any state, using the walnut hulls. Shell the green walnuts and throw the hulls in water were there are fish, they become stunned and float to the top, making for easy pickings!!

  3. Dink

    Dink Well-Known Member

    Jan 12, 2006
    North Carolina
    Well Ive learned 2 new things today thanks to yall.I know bleach water will bring nightcrawlers up but I didnt know about walnuts. :cool:
  4. Paquebot

    Paquebot Well-Known Member

    May 9, 2002
    South Central Wisconsin
    I think that it was 3 years ago when there was a goldfish thread and I reported that squirrels killed my beautiful shubunkin goldfish. Squirrels would take a nut from the walnut tree and then sit in an apple tree branch above the pond. The bits of hull fell into the pond and the fish were soon belly up. This year, same thing except cheaper fish. Had 14 live fish one day and 2 the next. So, the squirrels did indeed kill the fish!

    Another liquid that will bring up nightcrawlers is tomato juice. I ferment large quantities of tomato seeds and the first rinse is mostly juice. All types of earthworms come up when I pour that liquid off.

  5. HeatherDriskill

    HeatherDriskill Well-Known Member

    Jun 28, 2005
    hmmm...I don't have any black walnut trees on the place. What else has tannin in it?
  6. Triffin

    Triffin Well-Known Member

    Apr 20, 2005
    sw Ct / sw Va
    Just use a very dilute clorox/water mix if you want
    to catch earthworms .. has the same effect ..

    Triff ..