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bhilligas
 June 16 2017 04:10PM (Read 1652 times)  
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Has anyone ever used old fish fillets for catfish bait? I have quite a bit of fish from 2 or 3 yes ago that's just sitting in the freezer. I figured I could cut them up and try using some for bait.


 
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 June 16 2017 05:14PM  
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Myself I wouldn't waste my time with it. Oils and everything is all dried out. Thats why I use fresh cut. Got a 5 lber first thing this morning with that set up.


 
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 June 16 2017 06:02PM  
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I had that exact thing happen once. Left some fish around too long and used it for bait. My buddy had fresh cut and he caught 5 while I managed one. Im convinced I couldve done better with crawlers.

If you trap though it still smells so you can use it for that. I've gone that route with old fish and the coons dont seem to mind. Keep in mind it will dry out fast though.


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 June 19 2017 10:44AM  
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How come bass fishermen don't ask, "Hey I found my grandpa's old tacklebox. I am not sure what the lures are, or how they work. The hooks are missing or very dull and rusty." All the spinner baits won't spin as they are way too rusty and gummed up. The plastics in the tackle box are one big worm because they melted, BUT do you think I can still catch a bass on this stuff?"

IMO that is they same type of question with the same answer for both.


 
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 June 19 2017 01:20PM  
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Too bad it doesn't work better.

That is one of the reasons I don't freeze very much fish, it tends to end up in the freezer a bit too long and it does get freezer burned fairly easily. Another reason is that when the wife wants a meal if fish, if there isn't any in the freezer it gives me an excuse to go fishing. Mr. Green


 
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 June 19 2017 02:31PM  


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Couple winters ago had a real good ice fishing trip. Had a bunch of good sized blue gills and crappie I filleted and stuck in the fridge day before the superbowl. Ended up having a family emergency and had to leave town the next morning. By the time I remembered that fish was sitting in the fridge it had been about a week.

Rather than throw it all out I divided into a few different zip lock bags. Thawed some out over memorial day weekend and gave it a try, no luck. I did notice there wasn't much smell to it. Added some garlic to one of the bags and gave it a try couple weeks ago, ended up catching a couple decent channel's. I'd say give it a try, but don't expect too much.


 
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 June 19 2017 10:19PM  
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How come bass fishermen don't ask, "Hey I found my grandpa's old tacklebox. I am not sure what the lures are, or how they work. The hooks are missing or very dull and rusty." All the spinner baits won't spin as they are way too rusty and gummed up. The plastics in the tackle box are one big worm because they melted, BUT do you think I can still catch a bass on this stuff?"

IMO that is they same type of question with the same answer for both.



Because you could probably still catch a bass off that old garbage! Catfish are as easily fooled.


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 June 20 2017 10:15AM  
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How come bass fishermen don't ask, "Hey I found my grandpa's old tacklebox. I am not sure what the lures are, or how they work. The hooks are missing or very dull and rusty." All the spinner baits won't spin as they are way too rusty and gummed up. The plastics in the tackle box are one big worm because they melted, BUT do you think I can still catch a bass on this stuff?"

IMO that is they same type of question with the same answer for both.



Because you could probably still catch a bass off that old garbage! Catfish are as easily fooled.



The average angler like myself thinks about fishing every day, but only has a half day on the weekend and maybe an hour or two one day after work. My point being, in that limited time, use the right crap!


 
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 June 22 2017 06:07PM  
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Not to get off topic but I have found that freezing fish in a solid block of ice prevents freezer burn. Still I usually eat within 6 months though.


 
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How come bass fishermen don't ask, "Hey I found my grandpa's old tacklebox. I am not sure what the lures are, or how they work. The hooks are missing or very dull and rusty." All the spinner baits won't spin as they are way too rusty and gummed up. The plastics in the tackle box are one big worm because they melted, BUT do you think I can still catch a bass on this stuff?"

IMO that is they same type of question with the same answer for both.



Because you could probably still catch a bass off that old garbage! Catfish are as easily fooled.



The average angler like myself thinks about fishing every day, but only has a half day on the weekend and maybe an hour or two one day after work. My point being, in that limited time, use the right crap!



I mistyped my point....I was trying to be witty but I lost my pun via autocorrect. I meant to say catfish aren't as easily fooled. I agree, if you are going to go out you might as well use the best stuff you can.


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 June 22 2017 10:17PM  
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Not to get off topic but I have found that freezing fish in a solid block of ice prevents freezer burn. Still I usually eat within 6 months though.


I agree. Or vacuum packing it. But if I ha e a bowl full of filets it is easier to put them in a gallon zippy full of water than getting out the vac packer


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 June 23 2017 01:01AM  
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Not to get off topic but I have found that freezing fish in a solid block of ice prevents freezer burn. Still I usually eat within 6 months though.


I agree. Or vacuum packing it. But if I ha e a bowl full of filets it is easier to put them in a gallon zippy full of water than getting out the vac packer



Ziplock bag and water is my method also. Usually use a sharpie pen and mark what and the date on them.


 
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