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Old 10-25-2008, 12:15 PM
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When I was a kid my uncle would take us fishing.

When he got off work he would come to us and tell us to pour this liquid out on the ground and wait for the worms to come up. And it never took long. Within a few minutes you would see literally hundreds of earthworms rolling around on the grass. We would pour this bucket of soapy water on the ground and sit there with the water hose getting the ground as wet as we could and within just a few minutes there were more worms on the ground than you could count.

I eventually found that this liquid was water with a small amount of dish detergent in it.

The detergent does not affect the health of the worms, or make them unappetizing to fish. From what I understand it is a mild irritant and forces the worms to come to the surface of the ground to breathe basically. The detergent is biodegradable and leaves no residue on the worms.

This method works with just about any kind of soap, including bath bars such as ivory.

Try to use not scented soaps as they can leave a strange scent or taste to the worms if you have to use them immediately to fish. If you just harvest the worms and put them in a bucket with some dirt for use the next day this will not be a problem.


The best detergents seem to be the ones that affect the surface tension of water (ie the kind that attack grease and "take it away") There are definitely others but Dawn works well...
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yes it is amazing

we had a neighbour many years ago that use to put these tablets of soap in a bucket and fill it the garden hose letting it over flow....within minutes the ground was polluted with worms
Old 10-26-2008, 10:43 AM
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wow this whole post just for catching a couple of worms, all i do mate is dig in the ground and pluck them.
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wow this whole post just for catching a couple of worms, all i do mate is dig in the ground and pluck them.
Try the soapy water. You'll be amazed. You get way more than digging.
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wow this whole post just for catching a couple of worms, all i do mate is dig in the ground and pluck them.


This is not for a "couple of worms".

If you do this and the ground has plenty of worms, you'll likely get several dozen if not a few hundred worms in a matter of 2 minutes....
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this is absolutely true. when we were kids, we used to soap up the trampoline and play with the hose and there would always be tons of worms on the ground after
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Now I gotta find a little bottle to carry liquid soap in my tackle box. I gotta try this.
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Went to my wife's uncle's house once. He had a neat trick-

Got 2 smoothe sticks - stuck one firmly in the ground and took the other and rubbed the first lengthwise makin a squeeking sound...

Worms Worms everywhere.. No kiddin. Kinda creepy huh
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was this done on bare dirt or on a lawn?
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We used to wet the ground and stick a couple of wires attached to 120V in the soil. Worms practically jump into the pail.
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I've been using the soapy water thing for many years and it does work great. Simple and effective.
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was this done on bare dirt or on a lawn?

dirt- under trees... sparse grass
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I have done it for years myself, but I was taught to use bleach water...obviously not very much, few cap fuls per gallon of water shud do the trick.
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Soapy water is very nice. Also figured someone would mention calling the worms as well with the old crank phones or some juice as I seen Budget mention.
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We pick night crawlers down buy the river at night. My wife is the master. (Her knees don't crack like mine) Never heard of the soap routine before.
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your working to hard if your digging around. before i took up fly rodding i used to take a stick of hardwood(easy to find or make on the spot) aprox. 1"x3"x2 1/2' to 3'. pound it half way into the ground, take the flat side of my machete, rub the end sticking out if the ground, & poof they(worms) just came on up & out in a 6' to 8' diameter circle and you just pick them up. it causes vibrations underground that cause the worms to come to the top. remember the wood needs to be as dry as you can get, you can also use another stick of hardwood instead of a machete to rub the one stuck in the ground but it realy needs to be as smooth as possible, simple. happy hunting. remember in a survival setting you probably won't have dish soap, crank phones, bleach, etc..

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