a tale of tails, tenacity, and tedium, as told by me, usually barefoot and bellowing

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Last Night


Last night we had thunder storms, hail and lots of rain.  All is good.  The rain brings out the night crawlers...fish bait.  We were out with flash lights picking them off the ground.  No digging for our fish bait.  Dad started these years ago by releasing some Night Crawlers from Illinois.  They have a flat tail, the only way to distinguish them from the natives.  We also have native cane worms, night crawlers, wigglers (our name for them) and red worms.

When it rains, you walk softly with a flash light.  You have to move fast to grab these before they quickly retreat to their safe spot.
We have enough for two or three meals...gotcha!  The worms will be used to catch fish and we will eat those.  Of course, I had to write a silly poem...

Last Night

Lightning flashed
Thunder rolled
Ate Chocolate Pie
Hail did blow
Ground's soaked
Worms crawled
Caught fish bait
Couldn't get them all

21 comments:

Linda Kay said...

Icky worms, my dear. So glad you like to use them for fishing. I've only fished once that I can remember and that was with leaches. Ugh!

Country Gal said...

Good fish bait ! We used to do the same things in a night time rain or storm back in the day ! My Niece used to work at night on a worm farm picking worms . Thanks for sharing , Have a good day and a Happy Easter weekend !

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Good to know you're not eating the worms.

Linda Wildenstein said...

Did ya get to smell the ozone from the storm?????? That's what I remember most from my helping my Daddy Jack (grandfather) "harvest" worms for bait. The smell of the storm. Hmmmmmmm memories. Chocolate pie sounds good too.

Sandra said...

OK I LOVE this poem.. got it and love it. and i think daddy's were red worms. we just called them fishin worms and he had a worm bed they lived in. I just popped in on Google search and daddy's were red worms and they sell for 1000 for 18.95 on redworms.com... maybe you could start shipping worms.

TexWisGirl said...

hooray for no damage and good bait!

T. Powell Coltrin said...

That's the BEST poem yet. Love it and it made me smile.

I'm kind of (a lot) squeamish about worms. I've only fished once in my life, with my family. While my brother kept pulling out fish, I caught nothing. Never wanted to try it again, but I love eating fish!

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

It started raining last night, and will continue through tomorrow, most likely. The robins are out getting the worms right now. Those Illinois crawlers are great bait. They hold up well! I always fed them to my box turtles, too. I need to go fishing, now.

Sandy said...

Gail,

I'm happy to hear you didn't have any tornadoes, just a heavy rain storm. Enough rain to bring out the worms. Are you going fishing today?

Nezzy (Cow Patty Surprise) said...

MMMMMmmm, mighty good eatin' there. Heeehehehe!!! Reminded me of the Judy Bloom book, "How to Eat Fried Worms."

Good to hear all is well with the storms last night. I've been diggin' in the flower gardens but got rained out. Tons of worms!

I used to release the night~crawlers from fishin' trips in the gardens...they've been fruitful and multiplied!

God bless and have a marvelous day...enjoy those crawlers!!!

Susan Kane said...

Never went looking for night crawlers, wish I had.
Actually, I think worms might have some nutritional value, maybe?

Sketching with Dogs said...

It always makes me smile to think your life is so completely different to mine! I didn't even know people caught fish bait, I thought you bought it at a shop.
Lynne x

Arkansas Patti said...

We didn't have near the excitement weather wise that you did.
I do remember hunting night crawlers when I was a kid for fishing.

Karen S. said...

Good thing it was a rewarding rainfall for you. We had thunder storms and lots of rain last night too, and too much lightning and my Misty was frightened till morning. Funny how she does it, even before the storm begins she knows! There was no going outside in all that mess for us.

LindaG said...

Glad you're all safe. And fish bait!
Have fun when you go. Those are some lovely looking night crawlers!
God bless. ♥

Sanaa Rizvi said...

This is a very intriguing poem.. don't know much about fishing though but the idea of fishing sounds like fun :D

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A Quiet Corner said...

We get some awesome night crawlers around here with all the decaying from the woods...:)JP

Delores said...

Deeply relived to know you aren't planning on eating the worms yourself.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Whene we had the resort on rainy nights we would all go out hunting. We used a flashlight with a red lens. Someone held the bucket and shined the light and the other people were grabbers and you have to be quick or they go back in their hole! It was the most fun done as a family! :) Oh yes we sold the worms to the fisherman, we kept them in a big tub and feed them oatmeal and paper. In the fall we would let the left over ones loose:)

Lynne said...

Might be one of your best poetic . . .
What kind of fish will you catch with those wires?!?

Saucy Kodz said...

Yep, we used to do the same thing and still do. Just go out in the cool night and you can hear the abundant worms all slicking n sliding on the lawn. WE have always had lots of worms and you are right - you have to be fast - mighty good fat, healthy worms makes for a good fishing day. WE had temps up to 62 yesterday - out in tank top n shorts, surrounded by snow - the melt is here and happening. Hugz to M - Happy Easter to you all.

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