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Nightcrawlers are a form of earthworm. Prized primarily for use as fishing bait, nightcrawlers are generally known as either Canadian or European (more often than not, "Belgium"). House music is a style of electronic dance music that was developed by dance club DJs in Chicago in the early to mid-1980s. ... Nightcrawlers was an one-hit wonder electronica band, with a couple of dance-floor hits in the nineties, including Push The Feeling On and Surrender Your Love.    This article is a stub. ... Families   Acanthodrilidae   Ailoscolecidae   Alluroididae   Almidae   Criodrilidae   Eudrilidae   Exxidae   Glossoscolecidae   Lumbricidae   Lutodrilidae   Megascolecidae   Microchaetidae   Ocnerodrilidae   Octochaetidae   Sparganophilidae Earthworm is the common name for the largest members of the Oligochaeta (which is either a class or subclass depending on the author) in the phylum Annelida. ... Fishing is the activity of hunting for fish by hooking, trapping, or gathering. ... Bait is any substance used to attract prey, e. ...

Canadian nightcrawlers are the larger of the two, measuring up to 14 inches when fully extended. Fishermen enjoy the Canadian worm more because of its size. It can be easily secured to a fishhook, and stays lively while submerged in water for up to 5 minutes. The Canadian nightcrawler is used for catching largemouth bass, trout, catfish, and other freshwater fish. One dilemma with the Canadian nightcrawler is that it will not survive in temperatures above about 65 °F. Therefore, bait shops must keep them refrigerated and attention must be keep to ensure that the worms are not left to rest in the hot sun while fishing. For other uses, see Worm (disambiguation). ... Different hook types Different hook sizes (not to scale) A fishing hook is a hook used to catch fish. ... Striped bass (Morone saxatilis) Largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) Bass (IPA /bæs/) is a name shared by many different species of popular game fish. ... Rainbow trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss Biwa trout (or Biwa salmon), Oncorhynchus masou rhodurus Trout is the common name given to a number of species of freshwater fish belonging to the salmon family, Salmonidae. ... This article is about the siluriform catfishes; for the Atlantic catfish, see Seawolf (fish); for other uses, see Catfish (disambiguation). ... Fishing is the activity of hunting for fish by hooking, trapping, or gathering. ...


Canadian nightcrawlers are harvested in certain locations in North America. Most come from Canada's Ontario region, while many millions more are harvested along the Appalachian Mountain chain - from western North Carolina up to New York. A rainy day in the Great Smoky Mountains, Western North Carolina The Appalachian Mountains (French: les Appalaches) are a vast system of North American mountains, partly in Canada, but mostly in the United States, forming a zone, from 100 to 300 miles wide, running from Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, 1... Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest City = Charlotte Largest city {{{LargestCity}}} Area  Ranked 28th  - Total 53,865 sq mi (139,509 km²)  - Width 150 miles (240 km)  - Length 560[1] miles (901 km)  - % water 9. ... This article is about the state. ...

The worms are actually collected by headlamp-wearing hunters (or pickers) who crawl throughout fresh cut fields, yards, golf courses, and even cow pastures. The worms come out from the ground only at night (or when the ground is deeply saturated) following a decent rain fall. Temperatures at the time must be between about 50 and 80 °F. The ideal time for hunting the worms is when it is lightly drizzling rain, the temperature is about 65 F, and thunder (or other noise) is not present.

The pickers crawl around the location, sometimes by the dozens, and grab the slimy worms. A head lamp, bucket, and usually an attached smaller can containing fine sawdust is all that's required. A picker dips his hands in the sawdust to allow for better gripping of the worms. Since Canadian nightcrawlers (and many other worms) are sensitive to light, the bulb in the headlamp is usually painted yellow to make it softer. Other Pickers will use red lamps, for much the same reason as amateur astronomers, as it is a very non-invasive light, and once the person is adapted to it, provides adequate lighting without interfering with the behavior of the worms. Otherwise, the worms, which typically extend from the ground leaving a firm "tail grip" in the hole, would suck themselves back into their holes faster than a person could grab them. Some pickers can collect 1,000 worms in half an hour, with a total evening's haul of 20,000. At today's prices of $25 to $40 per thousand caught, pickers can single-handedly earn $800 in one evening. Sawdust is composed of fine particles of wood. ...


From the field, the worms are immediately sorted from any trash/grass and measured in a can. Most buyers use a large bean can, which contains raised rings (as most of these types of cans do). Once the worms are filled to the top ring on the can, there are typically 500 in the can. Higher measures are allowed for larger worms, obviously. The buyer, who usually rests a truck near the field, pays immediately in cash, and dumps each can of 500 worms into a specially designed wooden or Styrofoam box. After the truck is full, or daylight has arrived, the buyer returns to his or her warehouse and transfers the boxes of worms to a refrigerated room. Within a few days, the worms are hand counted into usable cups or boxes, typically 1 or 2 dozen at a time. They are then packaged 60, 80, etc. to a case and returned to storage. Larger operations ship thousands of cases of pre-packaged Canadian CNCIT nightcrawlers throughout North America each day. Smaller suppliers distribute them locally and regionally to bait shops. Refrigeration (from the Latin frigus, frost) is generally the cooling of a body by the transfer of a portion of its heat away from it. ...

European Nightcrawlers

European nightcrawlers are much smaller than the Canadian worms, measuring only a few inches in length. They are used in fishing and composting. Compost bins set up just outside the kitchen door allow for quick dumping of household food waste. The worms literally eat the waste and produce compost as the byproduct. This compost can be scattered around the yard for a rich, full, and lush lawn. European nightcrawlers survive just fine in the typical shade. They are also used by exotic pet owners, who feed the worms to their lizards, turtles, etc.



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