Homemade earthworm shocker

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Homemade earthworm shocker
A car battery will be used to power your earthworm shocker. (closeup of jump leads image by Katrina Miller from Fotolia.com)

Since the early inception of fishing, earthworms have been used as the primary bait for fish. This makes earthworms a standard in any fisherman's tackle box and ensures earthworms are always in demand. Commercial earthworm catchers find one of the simplest ways to catch worms is to send an electrical current through the ground and stimulate them to come to the surface of the soil. As long as you play it safe, catching earthworms with electricity is easy.

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Things you need

  • Rubber gloves
  • Car battery
  • Jump leads
  • 2 1.8 m (6 foot) metal poles

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  1. 1

    Put on your rubber gloves.

  2. 2

    Stick the two metal poles about 1.8 m (6 feet) apart in moist soil. If your soil is not moist enough, use water to moisten the soil.

  3. 3

    Attach the jump leads to your car battery. Remember that the red end must attach to the positive car battery node and the black end must be attached to the negative node.

  4. 4

    Attach the other end of the jump leads to the two metal poles. An electrical current will now run through the soil from pole to pole.

  5. 5

    Wait for the worms to slowly make their way to the surface and you can retrieve them.

  6. 6

    Disconnect the jump lead from the poles and car battery. Do not remove your gloves until you have disconnected the cables from the car battery.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not remove your gloves at any time during this procedure; you will be working with high amounts of electricity.

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