"First you learn how to troll the shallows (0 to 8-10 ft) keeping lures in position. You DO NOT cast until you catch a fish, but EVERYTIME you catch a fish you go back and cast. Then you learn how to troll the deeper structure. You DO NOT cast until you catch a fish, but EVERYTIME you catch a fish you go back and cast.
This type of discipline, or procedure, is the "teacher." This is the way to get started. This is the way the finest fishermen I know started their training on the water. In fact, they never changed their style much..."
Found some pics at an online fishing tackle sales site of an original Nightcrawler Secrets rod as sold by Fishing Facts/Northwoods specifically for the technique of the same name (and Bill's original book title). Biil's first two books were later compiled and added to to make "Lunkers Love Nightcrawlers."
"...fishermen would do well to remember that in order to get the FINAL interpretation of a body of water (structure, breaks, breaklines, weather, water, etc.), you and I must put our lures down there and find out if our interpretations are correct - by catching or not catching a fish. If we catch a fish, we are at the right place, at the right time, presenting our lures in the right manner."
I'VE SEEN some terrible sights in my time. Aldermen eating. Bobby Douglass throwing. Richard Nixon looking sincere. So I'm not easily shocked. But I was unprepared for something I saw while fishing with a friend named Bruno.
We had just rowed out and were getting started. We were in pursuit of the noble bullhead. Bruno, with whom I hadn't fished for a couple of years, put a worm on his hook. As usual, I baited mine with a piece of salami and some feta cheese. Then Bruno did something strange. He took a hypodermic needle out of his tackle box.
"What's that for?" I asked, getting nervous. You never know what kind of habits people pick up from their children.
"Watch," he said, plunging the needle into the hind end of the worm.
"What are you doing to that worm?" I demanded.
"I am shooting it up," he said...shooting up a worm had to be at least a felonious perversion.
"That's all," I said, grabbing the oars and rowing toward shore. I didn't know what the Wisconsin laws were on the subject, but.
"Wait," Bruno said. "I only shot some air into his rear end."
"That's weird enough for me," I said, picking up speed.
"Let me explain," Bruno said. Which he did at length, and it was an amazing story.
Bruno has become part of a growing cult of Midwestern fishermen who stick needles in the tiny behinds of worms. Apparently there are tens of thousands of fishermen who now do this regularly. At any given moment, on almost any lake in Wisconsin, someone is doing this to a worm. And they aren't even ashamed of themselves.
Bruno said, "It is a key part of the philosophy of our leader and mentor, the one and only George Pazik, the world's leading expert on the science of fishing with worms. Have you never heard of Pazik's book-'Nightcrawler Secrets'?"
I had not. I am interested in aldermen's secrets, Nixon's secrets, even Chicago socialite Bonnie Swearingen's secrets. But I couldn't care less what a nightcrawler has to hide.
"The secrets have to do with catching fish," Bruno said. "That is why we stick them with the needle." At least he wasn't doing it for pleasure. He explained that this man Pazik has spent much of his life studying worms and how to make fish want to bite them. He has even collaborated with a mysterious old Bohemian who lives in Wisconsin and does research on worms in his basement. The old Bohemian seeks ways to make the worms grow longer. He feeds them different goodies and he once grew a worm so long, he went on the Johnny Carson show and held it up and looked proud. As for the needles, Pazik claims that injecting the worm in the behind with an air bubble makes it float off the bottom. Thus, a dumb fish finds it easier.