If you love fishing, you will want to know how to build a worm box for raising fishing worms to have the best bait for that large catch.
Worms make the best bait for fishing; you should rear them more if you are an avid fisherman. Constantly buying worms can hurt your wallet deeply, and you don’t want always to have to stop at the bait shop either.
For this reason, most people are serious about growing worms because they are serious about fishing.
Worm farms are pretty common and useful not just for creating an endless supply of fishing bait but for having fun as you do it.
In this article, you have everything you need to know to make a worm bed for fishing.
What Is A Worm Box Or A Worm Farm?
A worm farm is a collective group of worms growing together. Worms are established as means of composting or recycling food and other organic wastes with the aim of creating nutrient-rich fertilizer and compost manure fit for gardening.
However, did you know worm farms can be used for the purpose of fishing? Yes, they not only make good composting manure, but they also make excellent fishing bait. It is a 2 in 1 cycle, which recycles old food while also creating an endless supply of live fishing bait.
Materials Used To Build A Worm Box For Raising Fishing Worms
Did you know you can make your worm farm? Here are all of the materials you will need to make your very own.
- 2 Plastic Bins + Lids. You will need a couple of plastic bins to make a home for the worms. Get plastic containers that are between 18 and 24 inches wide and at least 12 inches deep. The larger the bins, the bigger the worm farm will be. Ensure that your plastic bins come with snap-on lids.
- Worms. You will need the worms for your farm. You might need to dig them up from your garden or buy some at a local bait store. Start with a dozen worms to get the ball rolling.
- A Drill. The drill helps you make the required modifications to the plastic bins in readiness for use.
- Newspaper – The newspaper will be used as bedding for the worms as well as a way to hold a lot of moisture in your worm farm.
- A Flowerpot or Brick, or Something Similar. These will help in separating one bin from the other.
- Food Waste. Food waste is what will feed the worms. Try using fruit and vegetable scrap and avoid overly greasy foods, bones, and meat.
How To Build A Worm Box For Raising Fishing Worms
Having gathered all the materials needed, you are now ready to build a DIY worm box for raising fishing worms. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to set it up.
Prepare The First Bin
First, prepare the bin for use. Remember, one container will do inside of the other. Mark at least 24 holes spots using a pencil or a pen – small and evenly spaced holes. You will then use a drill to make each of these holes. These holes allow water to drain out of the first bin so that the worms don’t drown. You will need to drill roughly 40 spots on the sides of this bin. 10 holes on each side of the bin and another 20 on the lid. These holes allow optimum airflow to circulate the bin. Be sure to do this only to the first bin. The second bin remains untouched.
Stack Up The Bins
Put the first bin that you drilled holes in and place it on top of the second one. Take the second bin, the untouched one, and brick or the flowerpot, or anything else similar, and place inside, in the middle of this bin. The brick or flowerpot separates the unaltered bin and the bin with holes to allow water to drain out with holes into the new bin.
Prepare The Bedding From The Newspaper
Take a bunch of newspapers and prepare the bedding by shredding it into long and thin pieces enough to fill up about 1/3 or ½ of the bin. Don’t compact the shredded newspaper together or squeeze it down; instead, keep it relatively loose. Soak the shredded newspapers in water to make them wet and spongy. This is now ready bedding for the worms and a good source of moisture. The newspaper does not compose, so they are the best to use.
Add The Worm Food
With the bedding laid, you can now add the food scraps. Add all sorts of bread, fruits, and vegetables. Remember that grease, meat, and bones are not ideal for this kind of worms, so keep them away. Worms will grow and reproduce best when given veggies and fruits. This also helps them make the best compost for your garden because nothing is rotting away in meat form. Try to provide them with nonacidic things like citrus, coffee grounds, etc.
Add The Worms
The next step is to add the worms into the ready bin after adding all the food scraps. We recommend starting with at least 1 dozen worms, but you can add more. If you have time to grow worms from a small number, you don’t have to add many. They reproduce rather quickly, and soon enough, you will have more worms.
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Cover It All Up
With the worms and the food scraps in, it’s time to cover up your warm box. Take some flat sheets of newspapers, wrap them around the bedding from the top, and put a lid on it. This keeps your worm farm dark enough and moist, just how the worms like it. It also helps to keep predators out, and it will keep the worms from escaping.
It is pretty simple to learn how to make a worm farm for fishing, and you can DIY your own. You don’t have to buy baits every time you go fishing, but you can keep your own and even sell to others who love to go fishing.
Now go catch that trout, and don’t forget to share it with us!