Raising Alabama Jumpers For Fishing

Published: 08th February 2010
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Alabama Jumpers make one of the most rugged fishing worms since they have a tougher outer skin layer enabling them to remain on the hook better than many other varieties of worms. The name itself should give you an idea of the action they exhibit when dipped into your local fishing hole.

Alabama Jumpers do well in a warm environment as they originate in the tropical and subtropical regions however are known to live in the soil as far north as Chattanooga Tennessee. Being these worms are tropical by nature, they become sluggish if the internal temperature of your compost pile or worm bin falls to about fifty five degrees.

Starting with raising Alabama Jumpers outside for yard and garden composting as well as for fishing, you will need a compost pile basically consisting of carbon based products such as shredded newspaper and cardboard or hay. This will give some shelter for your worms as well as a basic food source.

Alabama Jumpers also enjoy a diet of vegetable scraps similar to that of red wiggler worms, hence rounding off their needed nutrients as well as creating additional warmth during the colder months paying special attention to not over heating your compost pile. In order to prevent over heating, place your food scraps in one corner of the pile and proceed to the next corner after a while. Repeat so as to allow enough time for the origial corner to cool down and be devoured.

Raising Alabama Jumpers inside in a worm bin differs from that of a compost pile. There are two types of bedding materials which I have used successfully, each requiring holes in both top and bottom of the worm bin for oxygen to penetrate.

One of the bedding materials can be comprised of hardwood sawdust and wood shavings which have been decomposed for the most part. Keep away from softer woods, pines which can contain turpentine, oak which can be acidic or woods that put off an odor such as cedar. Mix about 5% sphagnum peat moss with the material. The bedding should be approximately one foot deep with about half a cup of sand being mixed in. Again you may add vegetable scraps the same way you would raise red wigglers, by placing in one corner at a time and covering it up with some damp shredded newspaper or cardboard to avoid odors coming from the worm bin.

The other bedding material which is actually easier to obtain as well as comes ready to use is Michigan Black peat Moss. Do not use Sphagnum Peat Moss as it is not as decomposed as the black peat hence retains moisture differently and will cause you to lose your worms.

You want your worm bin to be about one foot deep with this worm bedding material. You will not want to prep any vegetable scraps for this type of bedding which I will get into in a moment. Usually the black peat comes at the right moisture level and is presoaked so there is no need to work it any further. Normally when raising worms, one would become concerned when the bedding material becomes compacted however this is actually a favorable condition for the Alabama Jumpers. Remember these worms do well in hard packed clay and seem to appreciate the hard packed bedding material.

As for feed, vegetable scraps will sour this mix too easily. Purina Worm Chow makes an excellent primary food source for your worms when raised in the black peat moss as well as a food supplement when raising in a wood sawdust or exterior compost pile.

Under the right conditions, do not be surprised to see little worms hatching within two weeks or so. Alabama Jumpers also grow rapidly and can grow from an 1/8 of an inch up to two inches long within a matter of a month or so.

To learn more on this subject, be sure to drop by the Alabama Jumpers web site and sign up for the free newsletter. Bruce Galle, the author of this article has been raising worms for over thirty years and continues educating the public on raising both composting and fishing worms. Even though many web sites claim Alabama Jumpers cannot be raised in captivity, Bruce defies the rumors with additional tips from http://AlabamaJumpers.com.

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