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There's nothing like having a freshly brewed cup of coffee in the morning to help start your day. When done, coffee drinkers wash out the coffee pot and throw away the coffee grounds. However, for some time, gardeners and fishermen have advised, "Don't be too hasty in throwing away the coffee grounds." Coffee grounds are used for both compost and fishing. Just as people enjoy drinking coffee, worms enjoy wiggling in the coffee grounds. The more they wiggle, the more fish like the smell of the worms. That's why anglers use coffee grounds as a fish attractant.
Other Uses For Coffee Grounds
Gardeners use coffee grounds as compost for their flower beds and gardens. Mixing coffee grounds in soil has proven to be effective in growing healthy plants. It's also been shown that coffee grounds help to prevent small insects, including mites, from damaging plants. Not only do plants and flowers benefit from coffee grounds compost, but worms do, as well. Gardeners and fishing experts say that worms thrive in coffee grounds and when dug up from the soil, even smell like coffee.
Use Coffee Flavored Worms as Bait
According to fishing experts, anglers are almost guaranteed to catch a fish if they use coffee-smelling worms as bait. Some fishermen take containers filled with coffee grounds and worms with them when they go fishing. They place the worms in the container and let them wiggle around in the coffee grounds before taking them out and putting them on the hook. Some anglers, wanting the worms to have a stronger coffee scent, place them in a container of soil and coffee grounds the night before they go fishing.
Coffee Smell Attracts Fish
The coffee-flavored worms seem to attract bass and trout. Anglers have also placed coffee grounds in the water and watched smaller fish come up to eat the grounds. Because coffee grounds are an attractant to fish, one manufacturer of fishing lures has created a coffee-flavored tube that contains coffee grounds. Anglers who use these lures agree that they have had more bass and trout swim to their line because of the coffee tube.
The "Big One" Won't Get Away
It's not clear why worms like coffee grounds or why fish are attracted to coffee-flavored worms. Some fishermen surmise that it could be the caffeine in the coffee grounds that make the worms lively or the coffee aroma that they enjoy, similar to humans who are stimulated by caffeine and enjoy the coffee's aroma. In the end, it probably doesn't matter to professional and novice fishermen because they can catch as many coffee-loving fish as they want without having to tell their friends that the "big one" got away.
Liz Cobbs has been a professional writer since 1985. She has worked as a staff reporter at "The Ann Arbor News" and "The Ypsilanti Press" newspapers, and as an assistant manager of editorial services at Eastern Michigan University. Cobbs earned a B.A. in music theory from Wayne State University and an M.A. in communication from Regent University.