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How to dye crawlers and worms
How to dye crawlers and worms

1. Take 2 dozen night crawlers or worms and remove all of the dirt. Place them in an old bowl or other deep dish.



2. Put in 1 tablespoon of food dye per dozen. Green is usually the prefered color.



3. Stir the dye in with worms. The worms will crawl around in the dye soaking it in. Cover and refrigerate overnight for deep color.



4. The next day mix in the dirt, now get ready for some real fishing! These GREEN crawlers will increase your catch!

Note: You can use other colors based on the color of plastic worms that you use in your area. Scents can be added at this time as well. Usually you can use garlic, anise, or corn scents.(if permitted in your state)

the Green dye usually works best for Walleye and Trout. You may find other species as well that would be enticed by these dyed worms.



Good luck and Happy Fishing


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(This post was edited by davetclown on Oct 24, 2003, 6:19 PM)
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Re: [tubeN2] How to dye crawlers and worms In reply to
Cool idea! what are other popular colors?

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Re: [FlyFishingMoose] How to dye crawlers and worms In reply to
As you have probably read in some of my previous threads, one of my favorite spots has purple as the primary hit color. You can also die them any color of the rainbow that you desire.

Green seems to be the best since they are selling those green nightcrawlers or under the name of "Nitro" or "Chartruese". Think back to what your favorite color was at your last fishing trip and make the colors accordingly.

Scenting them is also good if your local regs allow it. Here in SoCal, garlic and anise scent seem to be a winner for trout and some Bass.


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Re: [tubeN2] How to dye crawlers and worms In reply to
ya know if ya lay them on the ground and step on them they ususly die pretty good.Angelic

but seriously there is a package of worm food you can buy at the store to sprinkle in your wrom box that will chang your worms to the neon green color that they are charging an arm and a leg for at the bait shops.

It is the same die they use to change the color of the lakes here in michigan. it is available at any large department outdoor store and on line.

but I agree with you that adding food coloring on the worm is a more economical way of doing it. only one draw back and that is the food coloring die comes off on your hands. that is probably why the other stuff is so expencive.


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Re: [davetclown] How to dye crawlers and worms In reply to
Cool I tried to experiment with the little fizzy tablets from the easter egg coloring kits but that requires vinegar. The worms went on strike and said that they preferred the tequilla over the vinegar if it was to come down to giving them the pickle. hiiiiiiiiick.Crazy


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Re: [tubeN2] How to dye crawlers and worms In reply to
How would you scent the crawlers, this is all new stuff to me

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Re: [FlyFishingMoose] How to dye crawlers and worms In reply to
Cool AT the same time that you are putting the dye or if you prefer natural color then you will omit the dye and use your scenting agents.

You have a choice. For example: with the garlic, you can use freshly minced garlic or the Crave brand or any other brand of your choice. Use the same method of removing the dirt, adding the scent and let them soak overnight.

Since the Nitro worms are working so hot, it is recommended that you do the color Green at the same time that you are scenting them. The worms will soak up the scent just the same way that they will soak up the color.

Don't forget, there are other scents available for bass, cats, trout, and walleye. One of my favorites is the Smelly Jelly brand. You only need to add about 1/2 tsp per dozen. Check it out with different scent and color combinations for best results in your area.


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Re: [tubeN2] How to dye crawlers and worms In reply to
I wonder how well worms handle lemon juice. Do fish like lemonaid? How about worms that taste like lemonaid? Yellow worms? Pink worms? The list of colors is quite amazing!

I'll hafta figure out how to get a multi-colored worm. I've caught some fish on these plastics that I have with a chartreuse curly tail and pumpkinseed body when they wouldn't bite on anything else no matter what the color.
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Re: [DrownedDesertRat] How to dye crawlers and worms In reply to
Cool Hey DDR, just a word of advice. Lemon juice will cook them. Have you ever tried that Mexican dish called Ceviche (pronounced say-vee-chay)? That is usually made with small shrimp or raw fish. It is cooked only with lemon juice at room temp. There is too much acid in the lemon juice for the worms to handle,.CrazyCrazyCrazy

On the other hand, back in the seventies, when they were going through that phase of recipies for nightcrawlers, I failed to notice the ceviche nightcrawler recipie. Maybe you can start a new trend. ha ha.Smile

If you want some fancy colors you could probably mix up some unsweetened cool aid diluted with enough water to make the mixture moist. Just watchout for the lemon juice and vinegar unless you want cooked worms.Cool


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Re: [tubeN2] How to dye crawlers and worms In reply to
Dipping them in Easter Egg dye works also. But do they ever wiggle around, giving the appearance of a tie-died t-shirt from the 70s. So, give them a whiff or two of chloroform put a nightcrawler out long enough to dip him/her/it a few times. As a side benefit, if you place them on a white paper until they wake up, when they do, they make a psychodelic painting that could become valuable in several hundred years or so.

Disclaimer: Please don't try this unless supervised by at a five year old with an active imagination.
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Re: [johnincolorado] How to dye crawlers and worms In reply to
Have you tried that? I'd love to get some pshychedelic colored worms... you know, gummy worm like colors.
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Re: [DrownedDesertRat] How to dye crawlers and worms In reply to
I'm working on additional recipes and plan to open my first franchise at the 2008 Olympics. It should be a hit with Third World countries, plenty of protein and colors to boot.
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Re: [johnincolorado] How to dye crawlers and worms In reply to
In Mexico, they are now marketing high-protein cookies. The main ingredient is worms.

I should buy some and use them for my dough bait!
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Re: [tubeN2] How to dye crawlers and worms In reply to
Slymy crawlers die pretty good all by there self lol.

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Re: [DrownedDesertRat] How to dye crawlers and worms In reply to
Cool Hey DDR, Did you know that night crawlers have 5 times the protein that beef has???


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Re: [tubeN2] How to dye crawlers and worms In reply to
Nope! Don't expect me to eat them either. I'm a vegetable... errr... vegetarian.
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Re: [DrownedDesertRat] How to dye crawlers and worms In reply to
hey DDR, even vegitables eat meet....Tongue

look at the fly trap and the pulpit...Tongue

just kiddin....Sly


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Re: [davetclown] How to dye crawlers and worms In reply to
Yeah, but them Fly Traps are from Venus... a whole different planet.Tongue
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Re: [DrownedDesertRat] How to dye crawlers and worms In reply to
Cool Just cook them up with your favorite fish recipie and they taste like fish not beef. Yummmmmmmy. Now I know why the bluegill tast so good.


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Re: [tubeN2] How to dye crawlers and worms In reply to
Just one problem with your idea. I'm the type of vegetable... umm, vegetarian, that says "all animal flesh is meat, therefore, inedible".

Although, in reading Leviticus 11 today, I found out that of the insect world, the locust, bald locust, beetle, and grasshopper are considered "clean".
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