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>> Nightcrawlers for saltwater fishing? [topic: previous/next]
PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 6:23 pm
dkim1970


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Location: Cupertino

I was at the Santa Cruz Wharf on Saturday and noticed the bait shop at the end of the wharf selling nightcrawlers.
I have never seen people fishing with nightcrawlers in the ocean before so it got me curious.
What kind of fish can you catch with nightcrawlers? Wouldn't salt water kill the worm as soon as it hits the water?
I should have asked these questions while I was at the shop but forgot.
I purchased a box containing a dozen worms anyway but failed catch any fish.
It was a slow day and no one was catching anything anyway so I couldn't really tell.
Has anyone used nightcrawlers for pier/surf fishing before?

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DK
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 6:31 pm
clayman


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I've used them a few times for perch. Little perch seem to munch them just like any other worm. But they turn to mush quickly after being dunked in saltwater, so they don't hold up as well as, say, pileworms. Still, since they're cheap and can be found at practically any bait shop, they're a quick and easy alternative to the more expensive marine worms.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 7:28 pm
dkim1970


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clayman, thanks for the info. I will stick to the Gulp sandworms for now as my wife freaked out watching me handling the "live" worms.
I will try again when I get the chance to fish by myself.

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DK
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 7:29 pm
Ken Jones


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They're a poor alternative when you can't find saltwater worms. They will catch some perch but do seem to bleach out pretty quick. If there is a fast perch bite they can work, when slow they don't seem to have much affect.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 7:45 pm
dkim1970


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Ken, as you said, "bleached" is the best word to describe what happened to the worm when I reeled it back in.
I guess no more experimenting with nightcrawlers...

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DK
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 8:17 pm
The Orion


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Well you can catch fish but it is not the best by any stretch. One time I saw a man using nightcrawlers off Pacifica pier and he caught a 3lb BSP.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 8:26 pm
seabass_seeker


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while gathering mussels from an earlier report, my brother found a green colored "nightcrawler" within byssus of a cluster of mussels. I told him it was probably some other kind of marine worm but when I went to look at it, it looked exactly like a nightcrawler, just green. weird. would have taken a pic, but it crawled deep after I tried to get it out.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 8:29 pm
CRASS


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thats weird, dude. hm. Confused

thankfully sand worms and pile worms are pretty easily harvested.
...well, sandworms are.. after HELLA trial & error. Razz

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 8:44 pm
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Pile worms are almost as easy to find as earth worms.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 9:05 pm
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FishermanDan wrote:
Pile worms are almost as easy to find as earth worms.

Yeah, I didn't figure that out until this winter when I was clamming near some rocks. Pileworms were plentiful underneath the rocks. Big ones too! Wish I'd known that years ago.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 9:13 pm
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clayman wrote:
FishermanDan wrote:
Pile worms are almost as easy to find as earth worms.

Yeah, I didn't figure that out until this winter when I was clamming near some rocks. Pileworms were plentiful underneath the rocks. Big ones too! Wish I'd known that years ago.


same here.
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