Crawler Harness Night Crawlers - Reuse?
I also use half a crawler on my rigs, which sound similar in distance between hooks. To me there is no sense to using the whole worm unless I am on a place like Erie or Saginaw Bay, or maybe even Little Bay. Sharpen them hooks up so fewer misses.
Not knocking you B.T.
Its just that the boiler room on a crawler is in the front half. I tie two hook harness. Hooks about 3"-4" apart and use half a crawler, tail half first. You don't want too much worm behind the last hook anyways and that front half of the crawler will still be squirming tomorrow.
Cheap is good, when it works.
Edit- changed from 4-5" to 3-4". Just measured one.
A dozen crawlers at the gas station on the way to the launch costs about the same as a Flicker Shad. Do you just toss a Flicker Shad in the water when you're done fishing if it's still in good shape?
And yes, I am stingy. I'll ponder whether or not I should have been embarrassed about it when I retire at 60.
I understand though that this wouldn't be worth the risk if I had a huge flat of them. No sense risking the whole bunch for a few crawlers.
The container that goes fishing is never dumped back into the flat,it's kept separate in my bait fridge.. I suppose it's not a huge risk to put a few of the healthiest-looking crawlers back into the Tupperware container. Their death and resulting contamination can only kill the "leftovers".
If your not buying bulk your risk is minimal. Just check them well before the next trip so you know if a bait stop is necessary. Don't count on them all being good. You might get to the lake and find yourself with nothing but stinky slime in the worm tub.
I baby my bait, and treat it with TLC. Crawlers, go into tupperware containers with holes poked in the lid, and stayin the cooler on ice. When I ened one, I pull it out, use the crawler and put contain back in cooler when done. I never reuse a crawler, they are cheap, toss it in the lake.
To answer your question don't reuse your crwalers. At leat in my opinion.