According to many experts, nightcrawlers are one of the best universal live bait for almost any species of freshwater fish. The best part is that this specific kind of earthworms is available in a few different types. (1) Every type has certain characteristics. The European nightcrawlers are among the most popular nightcrawlers for fishing today.
As the name suggests, European nightcrawlers are found in Europe. They represent medium to small earthworms that have an average weight of 1.5 grams when they reach adulthood. (2) They come in different colors, but in most cases, they are pink/gray or bluish. These earthworms eat fruit waste, coffee grounds, vegetable waste, egg shells, garden waste, tree leaves and even cardboard.
The average length of the European Nightcrawler is between 2 and 3 inches. They are very active worms and they are also very resistant to weather elements.
European nightcrawlers as bait
Although European nightcrawlers are used as composting worms, the fact is that they are best known as bait worms. Just like other types of nightcrawlers they are popular because they can be used as bait for different species of fish. In most cases, people use them for Trout, Bass, Sunfish and Walleye.
It’s also good to mention that European nightcrawlers are significantly tougher and more active compared to other commonly used fishing worms. On top of that, they tend to stay alive for a longer period of time even when they are not kept in their natural habitat.
While we are talking about their toughness, fishermen should know that it is perfectly fine to keep European nightcrawlers at temperatures between 38 and 78 degrees for a few days. You don’t have to put them in a fridge to keep their quality, at least not if you are planning to use them in less than two weeks after getting them.
When we compare European nightcrawlers to Red worms and to Canadian nightcrawlers which are two other popular types of live bait, we will notice that the size of European nightcrawlers places them between these worms. This is what makes these nightcrawlers the perfect live bait pan fish earthworms.
Tips for fishing with European nightcrawlers
First and foremost, if you want to get the most from your fishing experience with European nightcrawlers, you should purchase a couple of gang hooks for the tackle. Keep in mind that you should buy hooks that match the worm’s size because this is where you will attach the nightcrawlers.
European nightcrawlers are perfect for those who want to catch fish in rivers and streams. As previously mentioned, these earthworms are very lively and they will definitely grab the attention of fish. We have highlighted the perfect temperatures for them, but for the best results keep them at a temperature between the maximal and minimal temperatures.
In the end, remember to rehook the nightcrawlers. Generally speaking, European nightcrawlers can last about 30-45 minutes on a hook. Change them frequently, so they can be active and moving.
These are some of the reasons why European nightcrawlers are a popular fishing bait.