Can I freeze worms for fishing?
Quite often the familiar fishermen ask questions:
How long to save the worm for fishing?
Can I breed worms for fishing at home?
I will try to answer these questions.
A brief overview of the living worms in our lands.
I will not tell you about families, detachments and species of worms, I'll tell you simply: in our lands there are several types of worms conditionally divided into groups:
Worms surface - they include, in particular, the manure worm (asonce he and his cultural brethren are often enough and are the subject of conservation and breeding not only by fishermen, but also by producers. Color from red to bard, length to 8-10 cm, average weight from 0.8 to 1.2 g.)
Worms, soil - they include the so-called garden worm (color pale pink, weight from 1 to 1.2 grams).
Worms Norn - These include the so-called creep (color from bright red to dark violet, average weight from 3 to 6 grams).
Save for a long period of time can be any of the worms belonging to the above groups, but dilute without in-depth knowledge is possible only the Dung Worm.
Worms can be stored in any suitable containerwith drainage. It is easy to make such a container by taking any plywood or wooden box, you can also use for example a plastic or metal basin. We drill in the bottom of our tank a little (for an ordinary plastic pelvis measuring 35 * 25 * 20 cm such holes can be done about 10) holes with a diameter of 3 to 6 mm.
The storage capacity for worms is ready!
Now it remains to make a substratum for the preserved worm, here the differences begin for different groups of worms.
Dung worms can be easily stored in any substrate, including ingredients: burnt manure, household waste, straw, hay, old sawdust, paper and so on.
I note that the worm will be recycled any waste of vegetable origin, cereals, dairy products - in small quantities, animal waste (meat, fish) can not be fed.
Now let's try to create such a substrate from the existing house of household waste and old leaf litter.
We take 1 part of domestic waste, crush andmixed with 1 part (by volume) of leaf litter (instead of old leaves you can use old sawdust of deciduous trees, chopped hay or straw). In the resulting mixture must be added a deoxidizer - calcium carbonate (you can use a forage chop, crushed eggshell, etc.) from the calculation of a glass of a deoxidizer per 10 kg. substrate. After mixing, the resulting mixture is spilled with water (if water is used from the water pipe, then the water must be defended for no less than 24 hours), we drain excess water, and the substrate is ready. If a small amount of substrate is made, then the worm can be populated immediately after the runoff of excess moisture, if the volume of the substrate was prepared large (more than 7-10 liters), then the substrate should be allowed to settle for 5-7 days with daily mixing and irrigation.
In order to preserve soil and northerlyworms (in our case it is a garden worm and creep). It is sufficient to prepare a substrate consisting of 30% leaf litter, and 70% of ordinary land (with the land should be clay so-called loam sand-free).
By the way! The humidity of the prepared substrate should be about 70%.
How to determine the humidity? We take a small lump of the substrate in the palm and squeeze it, if a drop of moisture appears between the compressed fingers, then the substrate is optimally moist, if the water drips then it says that the substrate is too moist and must be allowed to dry.
Once we have prepared the substrate, you canpopulate the worm in a new home, while it is important to remember that any change in the habitat is a stress not only for humans but also for the worm! Therefore, in the prepared substrate, make a small groove and fall asleep worms with the old substrate in the groove. Worms will gradually get used to the new substrate and within 2-7 days will leave the old substrate by going into a new one.
After a certain amount of timewe start feeding the worm, and the main condition for preserving the worm is that it is important not to overfeed worms, i.e. The worm must eat all the food that you feed it.
So, what to feed? You can feed them with shredded household waste by spreading them in a thin, even layer over the feed substrate, while remembering from time to time watering and adding a deoxidizer.
If the above conditions are met, storeworms can be long enough, and in 2-3 months the population of the Manure worm in the container will increase significantly and it will either have to be divided into new containers or thin out by selecting the old worm.
- To ensure that when feeding the worm with household waste you do not have garden flies in the tank, pour the food on top of the substrate.
- In order that the substrate does not cake, every 2-3 weeks loosen the substrate-this will give an additional flow of air necessary for the development and growth of worms.
- After sampling the worm for fishing from the substrate, place the worm in the old wet sawdust for a day or two and the worm will become firm and dense.
- A week before fishing, water the substrate with water with brewed fennel, this will give the worm an extra flavor so important for catching partial fish.
- To prevent the worms from running out of the container they are in, lubricate the sides of the container with moist soap (worms do not like alkali and do not crawl for this barrier).
I hope that such a small article will help you not only save the worm until the next fishing, but also until next spring.