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What Makes The African Nightcrawler Worm The Preeminent Preference

Author : Bruce Galle

Submitted : 2011-08-27 00:29:42    Word Count : 755    Popularity:   90

Tags:   african nightcrawlers, nightcrawlers, worms, earthworms, composting, fishing

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Frequently I am asked which earthworm I prefer out of the worms we grow. Over the years red wigglers have been the worm to get for vermiculture and some angling such as for brim, still not as proficient for bigger fish as they are very minute for larger hooks. There is one worm which has been overlooked during the years which in my eyes makes an almost picture perfect worm, encompassing the benefits of various worms for composting, worm castings and fishing all in one!

African nightcrawlers are my worm of preference being it can complete all these things in a range of ways. The lone drawback to this worm is the fact it has to be raised in warmer surroundings (70 degrees Fahrenheit or better is best) compared to the red wigglers or trout worms which are able to be raised at a lot cooler temperatures.

When it comes to consuming most waste, the African nightcrawler can surpass the other 3 worms we grow, red wiggler worms, European nightcrawlers and Alabama Jumpers. The reason I talk about most waste is the fact they do exceptionally well with vegetable scraps, shredded newspapers… however one of the things I noticed is that they do not do as well as some other worms on shredded corrugated cardboard.

The reproduction degree can be sooner under good quality environmental surroundings than the other worms raised on Organic Worm Farm. In fact many times when harvesting in two weeks time, not only do we accumulate a number of worm eggs but find a few that have been laid and already hatched within the same schedule phase. To produce a hefty African nightcrawler up to eight inches does take longer than some other worms to develop out, up to eight months time, however can cultivate out quicker under perfect conditions.
The worm castings, when a proper bedding material is used, such as those outlined in the 14 Day Worm Castings eBook, come out more like mice droppings, shape and size rather than a fluffy like peat moss. This makes it possible to actually use a seed or fertilizer spreader to cast around your yard and garden areas as well as makes it much easier to mix when making your own potting soil.

African nightcrawlers make a better-quality fish bait in a couple ways. First they offer a better presentation to the fish than nearly all worms by illuminating blue fluorescent stripes running throughout its body especially in clearer waters, catching the fish's interest more easily.


They can be used for a multiplicity of species, i.e. 2"-3" worm for brim, 4"-5" are becoming popular in some areas throughout the country for trout fishing, 6"-8" are a favorite of catfish and other fish such as bass.

As anyone familiar with targeting catfish will advise you an scent can be instrumental and why many folks even formulate their own "stink baits" for catfish. It appears the African nightcrawler puts off an stench when stressed similar to that of the red wiggler consequently why catfish literally go crazy for this worm.

As for trout fishing, at the same time as raising the worms in warmer conditions is required, they can survive quite a while in colder trout waters.

Unknown to many fishermen is the fact that the African nightcrawler can survive brackish water (mixture of fresh and saltwater). The only other worm I have heard but not tested is the European nightcrawler which allegedly can also survive brackish water. Further testing on a mixture of worms is designed for the future!

Raising the African nightcrawlers for worm castings or fishing does not force the notion of composting with food waste… but can be done by top feeding with the use of products such as Purina Worm Chow which also helps to beef up the worms up for fishing.

By bredding these worms, an angler can have a full array of sizes for separate fish one desires to target from two inches up to eight inches plus on any given day.

Being this worm spreads well over the spectrum of different reasons for raising worms, makes it a favorite of mine.


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Bruce Galle has been call a Master Wormologist and by Outdoor Life Magazine. He offers a wealth of information for anyone looking to set up their own worm bin or worm farm from his web site, .

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