Alaska Department of fish and Game: Statewide Definitions
Bait means any substance applied to fishing gear for the purpose of
attracting fish by scent, including fish eggs in any form, natural or
preserved animal, fish, fish oil, shellfish, or insect parts, natural
or processed vegetable matter, and natural or synthetic chemicals.
Or, in layman's ...
Rotten fish. That's all I need to say. Crabs go mad for rotten fish in a net bag.
If you can't get your hands on rotten fish, raw chicken is probably the next best thing and is certainly easier to buy. Place it in a bag or secure it to a line and have a net ready.
With the both of these remember to thoroughly wash your hands before eating anything after ...
Sounds fairly normal for a not so great day. That's why it's called 'Fishing' and not 'Catching'!
Size and color choice for lures has a lot to do with success as well. The traditional wisdom is that you must choose a color based on the stain of the water. If the water is very clear then the lure should be very close to the natural prey/food choices (shad ...
I asked my wife about this - she's from the Chesapeake Bay area, and is the daughter of a Navy man who loves fishing, so she knows a few things about what bait to use for crabs.
Her recommendation is raw Turkey Neck - it's soft and has the right smell to attract crabs, and isn't quite as pungent to our own nose as rotten fish. Raw chicken will do too, or ...
Yes it means no bait as in absence of bait.
Single as apposed to double, triple, ... hooks
Fish will strike at lures / spinners. Especially if they don't have much experience with fisherman.
What is not clear is if artificial bait is OK (a rubber worm).
A triple hook below would not be in compliance
YES. Freezing any type of bait definitely makes it less attractive to fish.
Freezing depletes the bait of it's scent and essential oils that attract fish. The scent and oils are still there, but they are dilluted during the thawing process.
There should really be no reason to freeze the perch that you use for bait if you are going to use it the next ...
One thing I saw a lot of last time I went crabbing and apparently rage threw my net off the pier (I hold to the fact it slipped out my hand!) was people using left over cooked sausages cut into small chunks, or raw bacon again in small bits. They seemed to be fairly successful.
What a waste of bacon...
Depending on the time of the year, the water temperature, the mood of the fish, and the available food for them, fish (esp. salt water) will feed on any number of different bait fish. Rather than recommend a specific bait fish, as this can change depending on the above conditions here is what I suggest.
Go to a local tackle shop and ask. Tackle shops are ...
Catching fish depends on so many variables that it is hard to pinpoint what went wrong. Depending on weather, time of the day, and season, fish are located at different parts of the water body and at different depths. Changes in water temperature and atmospheric pressure affect how fish and other aquatic life forms behave, and it all connects: aquatic insect ...
The worms that you more than likely have are what most people know as "nightcrawlers". They should be larger than regular earthworms, lively when touched, and "juicy" (lots of crud comes out when you cut them up). In my experience, nightcrawlers are VERY resilient, given that you always do the following:
Anytime they are not being used for fishing they ...
Unless there is a certain terminology for "backside" plugs, this is a plug (or as I know it: a wobbler. No idea which term is more commonly used around where you live).
I had to bust out my detective hat and pipe to find information on these ones, but I stumbled upon this: an article about this bait
They are(?)/were made by bomber, and ...
It would be good to know if you are certain that there actually ARE fish bigger than the palm of your hand in the area. But let's assume that there are. Whenever I come across suspicious fish that won't bite anything, I try two different tactics.
The first and almost always the best is to use live bait - fish, not worms - of some sort. If you see schools of ...
I've been very successful catching northern pike in Alberta with the following setup. I should clarify that I was catching pike up to 18" long, and my setup reflects that.
b) 2", 1/2 oz Spoons. The 5 of Diamonds (red on yellow) and red stripe on white also works well. http://www.lenthompson.com/fishing-lure-patterns.html
c) Spinning reel, one with an ...
I am really surprised I haven't seen this answer yet, so I'll go ahead and toss this one in the mix. Cow lips are a very common and durable crab bait...especially if you do a lot of crabbing. If you keep them in brine, you can use them for a whole season and will continuously attract the crabs.
This is especially attractive to crabbers who use trot lines.
I'll try to answer some of the questions you have:
b) The kind of lure I normally use for snatching pike is a wobbler, when it comes to bait, small fish(eg. common roach) usually piques the pikes interest.(no pun intended.)
f) The pike likes to muddle around the reeds and similar environments, so you either need to go get it or make it come to you.
In the Lowcountry of South Carolina, we used turkey necks as bait. We'd tie the end of some narrow cord around a turkey neck, attach a few small fishing weights and toss if over the side of the boat or dock. Every few minutes, slowly pull up the line with a net at the ready. Toss the crabs into a cooler full of ice.
That's how we did it.
Meat, of any type except dead crabs, on a string or in a net bag. but be quick, a tug on the string and they book! Crab pots typically have a way of holding the bait so it can't be raided from the outside. either a shield or on the bottom.
When I was a kid my parents used to buy a bag of prawns when we were at the seaside. I got the heads to use as bait. The crabs almost went into a frenzy to get at the head and didn't let go even when they got above water.
A delicacy for the grownups and the crabs.
Crab Bait: Usually on the ocean, you will find a bait shop that has the remains of fish that have been fillet. They will be frozen with a wire through them to hang from the cage. Turkey legs are great also. Finally, who ever said to put bacon in a crab cage should be very careful! Bacon goes on everything and is very popular to the human race. By ...
You do need to rephrase the question better, but I can still provide this answer.
Pike will go after anything that bass will. Spinners, plugs, jerk baits, Texas rigged worms, etc etc. just about anything so long as it within reach.
Trout need a more gentle approach, the Mepps style lures and perhaps the gulp worms are your best bet for trout. Real worms ...
As with all of fishing, there are many different ways to present the same bait. For live bait fishing, specifically I would suggest one of the following three techniques and subsequent presentations:
Hooking the fish up through the bottom of the mouth and out through the roof of the mouth - For this technique, I would suggest either jigging or trolling on ...
There are lots of options - the most popular seem to be rotting fish and chicken parts. In a pinch, dog or cat food seems to also work though it's not quite as effective as the alternatives. The general rule is the smellier the better. You can also try a variety of crab attractants which are made from concentrated fish parts and are extremely smelly. They ...
I take a raw chicken and leave it in a lidded bucket in the garage for 2 to 3 days, along with a a good dose of fish sauce. Sometimes it gets so putrid, I can't use it without retching and gagging. I stuff the wretched concoction in a cage that's strapped to a 2 ring net.