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Tips to keep minnows alive

July 14th 2014 00:16
When it comes to minnows, keeping them alive, even 24 hours, is, too often, a losing proposition.

On the other hand, there's no denying they're pretty expensive so, it's nothing to be ashamed of no matter how it turns out.

The biggest problem most anglers have is trying to keep too many minnows in too little water. The typical minnow bucket is good for maybe two or three dozen minnows and that's going from the bait shop to your favorite fishing hole. Chances are, no matter how big that bucket is, you only have enough water for two or three minnows--maybe a few more if the fish are really small but, you get the drift. So, if you're going to try and keep them overnight, the first thing to do is take them from the bucket and keep them in a larger container.


Another big problem is trying to keep minnows in water that is too warm. Granted, when it's the middle of summer and eggs are frying up and down the sidewalk, water straight from the tap may seem pretty cool but, it's still way too warm for long term minnow storage. Strive to make the minnow water as cool as possible. 45F or 7C is a good target but, that's impossible for some. Still, the cold keeps the water oxygenated and keeps algae and other nasties at bay. At least, go for 65F/18C or lower and you'll be better off!

Municipal water supplies are usually deadly for fish! Water softeners may or may not remove impurities so, you'll be better off with some of the commercial products on the market aimed at aquarium buffs. If you go that route, read labels carefully. Some water only has chlorine added to it. If that's the case, many people just let the water set idle for a day or two until the chlorine evaporates.


Some municipalities use something called chloramine which is a combination of chlorine and ammonia. Unfortunately, chloramine does not evaporate like regular chlorine so, it's still going to be deadly to fish even if you let it set in an empty tank for a week or more. Short of talking to the head of the water board, there's not much the average person can do because if you call city hall and start asking questions, they're probably not going to know or even care. Worse yet, you may get someone on the phone who wants to sound like a genius and tells you anything you want to hear!

The topic of chloramine brings up another dangerous chemical facing minnows--ammonia. Granted, nobody in their right mind is going to pour ammonia into their minnows but, remember chloramine is made from ammonia. On top of that, remember, although they're in water, fish gotta pee and that's ammonia. So...

If you've done all this and gotten by with living minnows, you'll face another task. You'll have to keep the water clean. With a small tank, frequent water changes will work. For larger tanks, that may not be practical. This is where you may want to invest in a filter. Again, something aimed at the aquarium crowd will usually fill the bill. Remember this, fish are pretty dirty so you need all the filter you can afford. Generally speaking, figure the size tank you have, double that number, and you'll know how much filter to get. For instance, if you have a 10 gallon tank, you should get a filter to handle 20 gallons. However, don't think you can escape the drudgery of changing water just because you have a filter! Remember, fish thrive in clean water. A filter will buy you a couple extra days but, changing water every week is the norm!

If your minnows are still alive, it's time to think about feeding them. Three words--Purina Fish Chow. That was a joke--I don't know if Purina makes fish food or not. However, someone makes fish pellets and those things seem to work. Another avenue is to use the little fish flakes like you feed aquarium fish. A third solution is to take dry dog or cat food, grind it up in a food processor, and feed that to the fish. Again, like aquarium fish, just a pinch of food and it should all be consumed in around five minutes.

Lets see--a filter, chemicals, fish food...maybe it's just easier to shell out a few bucks at the tackle shop?




Remember to take the hooks outta yer pocket before ya sit down!




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I gotta admit, I'm a sucker for almost any list of favorites. Movies, TV programs, soft drinks--you name it. Considering that, it should come as no surprise that I looked at Wired2Fish's list of The 20 Most Influential Bass Fishing Lures with a great deal of interest.

Why the article is dated 2011 and I just saw it on Facebook yesterday is a mystery but, I'll let that go. What I'd like to point out is that although it seems the article and list caters to bass anglers, most of the lures are pretty darned good for all fish!

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How fish see lures

February 10th 2014 04:06
Have you ever stood at the lure rack in a sporting goods store and wondered how a fish can bite on some of the stuff you see?

The thing you have to remember is that fish don't see things the same way humans do.

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Another take on old lures

February 6th 2014 01:41
Here's an article I ran across espousing the virtues of old lures.

When using the term "old" I don't mean lures from a season or two ago, but rather, lures from a generation ago.

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How many times have you thrown an old paint brush into the garbage and forgotten about it? If you're like me, too many times to count. Here's a really great video outlining how to make a fishing lure from that old handle.

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How one pro uses his spinnerbaits

December 5th 2013 19:17
Here's an article I found outlining the use of spinnerbaits.
spinnerbait


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Using UV lures

September 22nd 2013 01:01
When it comes to lures, just when you think it's all been said and done, something pops up and takes the sport by storm. Ultra-violet lures and tackle seem to be the hot item right now.

Panther Martin UV Spinner
Here is a sample of a Panther Martin UV lure found on the site onthewater.com.
UV is short for Ultraviolet light and is is the high-frequency band of light not visible to the human eye. However, UV light can be detected by certain animals. In recent years, scientists have discovered that some fish are able to see light in the UV spectrum. As a result, UV coloring is looked upon by some as the next big thing in fishing lure technology.

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How to use a frog lure

September 4th 2013 01:11
Frog lures are always a safe bet for bass and are REAL popular around here!
There are several varieties on the market and I'm not sure if there are any terrible lures out there.

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There are several products on the market today that claim to be "...the gift that keeps on giving..." but, the Lure of the Month from Fishing Enthusiast really fills the bill and makes you think of the gift giver!

I first heard of the "Lure of the Month" about four or five years ago but figured I could save a couple bucks by buying my own lures one at a time and I was a little suspicious about lure quality. However, after my son got me a subscription last Christmas, all of my concerns were put to rest.

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Easy-to-make lures

April 6th 2013 14:38
Fly anglers don't have to break the bank if they want to try lure fishing. All they really need is to get a few gizmos called JIG SPINNER FORMS and they are good to go.

jig spinner
Available in different sizes and usually either gold or silver, jig spinner forms are, basically and blank spinner with a safety pinlike device at the end to hook on your fly.

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An easy way to get some flies

February 27th 2013 18:05
I thought this was a no-brainer until I amazed a guy with this tip a few days ago.

Since I only fly fish about once a year, I'm not one of those guys who have about as many flies as the hairs on their arm.

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What are your favorite lures?

December 31st 2012 01:13
fishing lures

I'm not sure how old this quiz is. Someone emailed me the question a couple of weeks ago.

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So long world!!!

December 21st 2012 00:44
sunset

Sooo, here it is December 21.

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Do you or don't you use snap swivels?

December 14th 2012 20:39
Iíve been using what some call swivel clips or snap swivels for as long as I can remember. Although I've heard bad thing about this practice, it's a pain in the neck (and wallet) to carry something like 10 rods with a different lure on each for different situations.

On the other hand, I know a guy who fishes BASS tournaments, and has about a dozen rods ready at any given time. His idea, and it's a common story, is that that you can get a much more realistic action by tying a lure directly onto the line. That's not so important if you use something like crankbaits but comes more into play if you fish artificial lures like curly tail worms or flukes.

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A few words from the local guys

December 4th 2012 22:24
Joe's Flies
Not being sponsored by a big name fishing equipment manufacturer has its advantages. If you read this blog and I say something works, you can pretty well take it to the bank because I'm not getting paid to say I like or use something.

That being said, I'd like for you to give a look at this video for Joe's Flies. It's sort of a local product around here since they were first produced by a guy less than 30 miles from where I currently live.

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How to make a lure from a Pepsi can

November 30th 2012 01:11
I'm not really into that battle between Coke and Pepsi. However, when it comes to angling, Pepsi may get a nod because you can use the Pepsi emblem to make a fishing lure.

Here are some instructions----

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A few words about jigs

November 3rd 2012 16:18
The other day, someone completely uninitiated to the angling arts, asked me what a jig is.
bucktail jig


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How to save money on wacky rigs

October 31st 2012 01:55
One big knock on using artificial lures is that they tear up. One of the worst culprits is when you try and use a wacky rig--the worm just tears up right in the middle!

Here's a quick video showing how to get extra mileage from every worm in your tackle box.

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How to fish a bucktail

October 26th 2012 01:25
While we're on the subject of bucktails, here's a video that may help you use one.

Don't be put off because this guy is fishing the salt--remember to scale back your equipment or lures and you'll be okay.

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A few words about the bucktail

October 25th 2012 01:30
bucktail jig
This jig has been retired but is available in many colors and weights.
Bucktais have been around a long time and are often an excellent bait. In fact, they are often just the thing when nothing else works.

bucktail spinner
A spinner like this will land a Musky.

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