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Pat Shingleton: "Earthworms and Grunting"

5 years 4 months 3 days ago Tuesday, May 24 2016 May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 6:49 PM May 24, 2016 in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

“Night-Crawlers” are large earthworms that move to the surface after a shower or from a garden hose.  The worms were perfect bait at our fishing spots in western Pennsylvania. The garden hose provided the primary ingredient to get the worms to the surface.  After wetting-down a section of the yard around 7 p.m. the harvest occurred at Midnight. My Dad would often share a story about taking his boys to Hereford Manor Lake for a fishing trip. His bowling team and "mush ball" team buddies would provide the right spot for strikes and he couldn't understand why he wasn't snagging a few. As he looked around my brother Kevin and I (Ages 4 and 6) were dropping the worms over the side to feed the fish...  In Florida's Apalachicola National Forest some folks still use the art of "grunting."  By rubbing a curved steel bar over a grounded wooden stake a strange sound is created. The combination of the sound and the vibration irritates the worms, driving them to the surface. Thousands of earthworms pour out of the ground becoming prime fishing bait. For local grunters, 5,000 worms can bring in $1,000 a week.  So if you're grunting or fishing this Memorial Day week, expect some heat and some mostly dry weather.

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