Times have been tough, financially, for many readers over the past year or so.
Lost jobs, fewer raises, and pay cuts have made money more important than it used to be. Add in higher gas prices, heavier tolls for even milk and bread, and experts that say we're in a full recession now, and money gets even more important.
So, buying bait can hurt a little when minnows are often $1.50 a dozen or more, nightcrawlers equally costly, and such things as soft craws and leeches almost out of sight. There's a way to save plenty of dollars when fishing time comes around though, and that's to find your own live bait. It's a lot easier than you might think.
Take nightcrawlers, for example. Most of what you buy in a bait shop comes from Canada, but there are millions of the little critters right here. If you live in an older home that has a good lawn with well-aged soil, they might be just yards away, and if not, the local cemetery, golf course, or other public area might give you permission to hunt worms. To catch some, you'll need just two pieces of equipment, a flashlight, hopefully one with a fairly weak battery, and a container to hold your catch.