Pro's Pointer #17

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BISMARCK, N.D. - They come from the ground but they do not have to be covered in dirt.

In this week's Pro's Pointer, Johnnie Candle is talking about a popular summertime live-bait that can be very effective if you keep them lively.

Johnnie Candle, MWC World Walleye Champion: "Bottom bouncer's and spinners and slow death rigs tipped with a nightcrawler are very effective ways to catch walleyes in the heat over the summer, but as temperatures soar to near 100 degrees it becomes difficult to keep your worms healthy and cool.

A tip that's worked for me over the years starts with a small cooler that I fill with some ice and a little bit of water. I then take my rinsed nightcrawlers and place them in a mesh bag.

When I need a worm I just have to reach and grab one and it's clean and ready to go. Not only does this keep my crawlers cool and healthy but it also helps eliminate that mess that we're all used to when we fish with worms.

I still think it should be illegal to pack a nightcrawler in black dirt. I'm Johnnie Candle and that's this week's Pro's Pointer."

Next week, Johnnie brings back one of the best Pro's Pointer we've ever had in two-plus decades of his fishing tips.