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What do fishing regulations mean by "no bait?"

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 ...
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What are good baits for crabbing?

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 ...
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Went fishing on the river for full day, caught one fish; normal?

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 ...
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What are good baits for crabbing?

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 ...
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What do fishing regulations mean by "no bait?"

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. ...
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Does freezing cut bait affect its attractiveness to fish?

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 ...
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What are good baits for crabbing?

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 ...
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What types of live bait should I use to catch red drum?

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 ...
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Went fishing on the river for full day, caught one fish; normal?

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 ...
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How long will worms last in the refrigerator?

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 ...
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What type of fishing lure is this?

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). Wikipedia Link I had to bust ...
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Fish aren't biting, how to get more bites?

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'...
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Pike fishing equipment & rigging

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 ...
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What are good baits for crabbing?

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 ...
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Pike fishing equipment & rigging

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 ...
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What are good baits for crabbing?

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 ...
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What are good baits for crabbing?

I have seen someone use a raw chicken leg. Very meaty and once the crab latches on it doesn't let go.
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What are good baits for crabbing?

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 ...
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What are good baits for crabbing?

Prawn heads. 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 ...
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What are good baits for crabbing?

Dog food soaked in fish oil is a very economical yet effective way to bait crab traps.
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What are good baits for crabbing?

If you do not like handling meat, bread works for me. It works successfully and is not disgusting to handle. I have used bread for bait many times and caught many crabs.
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What are good baits for crabbing?

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 ...
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What are good baits for crabbing?

A good bait solution for crabbing is some scraps from the butcher, such as a liver or a heart of a cow. The crabs go crazy for them!
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Where and when do I use these lures [new fisher]

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 ...
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What is the technique for fishing with live croaker bait?

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: ...
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What are good baits for crabbing?

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 ...
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What are good baits for crabbing?

I've seen tuna cat food used successfully as bait. Placed in the toe end of a womens white nylon stocking and tied to the crab net.
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What are good baits for crabbing?

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 ...
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