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Catch Your Own Fishing Bait

It not only saves you a few bucks, it's a great way to get kids involved in summertime fishing fun.

Catch Your Own Fishing Bait

Perhaps the easiest bait to procure and keep lively is the nightcrawler. (Shutterstock image)

Back in the day (and by that, I mean the early 1970s), gathering bait was part of the fishing experience. Seldom did my father and I visit the bait shop. Instead, we’d drive down to the creek outside my hometown and push a seine for an afternoon, collecting plenty of what the Old Man called "crappie minnows," along with a handful of crayfish, which would be fished on the bottom for channel cats.

Crawlers? Same story, minus the seine. Equipment? A headlamp with the requisite red lens and a Maxwell House coffee can.

"That's two bucks a dozen you're saving, son...

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