Raising Alabama Jumpers Live Fishing Worms

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. Being these worms can litterally jump out of your hands should give you the picture of just how active they will wiggle on your fishing hook.

Alabama Jumpers have been recorded living as far north as Chattanooga, TN while oriniating from the tropics, making them a great choice for warm water fishing. 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.

Raising Alabama Jumpers in a compost pile begins with carbon based or brown products such as hay, leaves, shredded newspaper and cardboard. Refrain from using straw, acidic leaves such as oak, pine needles... As this decomposes it will generate some warmth for your worms to assist in keeping them warm.

Contrary to beliefs, Alabama Jumpers thrive well when fed vegetable scraps too, heeding caution to heating up the entire pile at once. To avoid this, place your food scraps into one corner of the pile, under the shredded material or hay and move clockwise or counter clockwise as you continue to add more material over time, permitting areas to heat up and cool down enough for the Alabama Jumpers to survive in.

Raising Alabama Jumpers inside in a worm bin differs from that of a compost pile. I have personally been successful raising them in two types of bedding materials. Either way demands a good airflow on both the top and bottom of the worm bin.

One of the bedding materials can be comprised of hardwood sawdust and wood shavings which have been decomposed for the most part. There are many woods for as many reasons to avoid, such as oak, pine and cedar to name a few. The bedding material should have a depth should be about one foot. Add about one half cup of sand per five gallons of bedding material. 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.

Here you will want to fill your worm bin with about one foot of Michigan black peat. You will not want to prep any vegetable scraps for this type of bedding which I will get into in a moment. Being black peat moss comes already damp at the correct consistancy, there is no need to soak it, rather simply place in your worm bin straight out of the bag. 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. These worms are able to burrow through hard packed clay in the real world, hence do not become stressed when you notice in a week or two how packed the black peat has become.

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.

Alabama Jumpers can lay cocoons that hatch rather quickly in either compost piles or worm bins as long as you maintain an eco friendly environment for them.

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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