Thursday, September 10, 2009

Catalpa Worms

Catalpa Worms
A fisherman's "Jackpot"
Sooo...Toni and I went to Hammond, LA with the guys to take down tree stands, and we stumbled upon this huge nest of worms in a tree.  It was one of the craziest things that nature has ever put in front of my face.  Being the great fisherwomen that we are, you would've thought that we knew that we'd hit the "jackpot" in fisherman's terms, but we had no clue what we'd just discovered.  That's until Brandon informed us, and repeated about 500 times, that those are "the best brim bait you can get!!!!"

Interesting Facts:
The worm oozes a bright fluorescent green fluid that smells sweet when put on a hook. The tough skin makes for staying hooked and a fresh worm will attract fish with its smell and its wiggle. It is revered as the best fish bait to be found naturally.

Catalpa worms can be preserved alive by placing them in cornmeal packed in an air tight container and frozen. It has been said that when this container is opened and the worms are removed from the meal, they thaw and become active and as effective in catching fish as ever. (How crazy is that?!!!!!)

Another method of preserving the caterpillar for future use is "pickling" them in a baby food jar filled with corn syrup. The jar should be immediately stored in a refrigerator and has an indefinite shelf life.

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