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Hillbilly910
04-09-2009, 07:41 PM
Never purchased crappie minnows by the pound before, whats a rough guess to how many dozen in a pound?

HB

robbor
04-09-2009, 07:47 PM
Depends, about 250 adults is average, so say 200-450 a pound depending on size. Someone was selling minnow fry i think 5# was 2,000,000 fish, to small to hook though.

rockmike
04-09-2009, 07:48 PM
Depends on the size.

pappacrappie
04-09-2009, 07:57 PM
18-24 dozen

Hillbilly910
04-09-2009, 07:59 PM
yeah, i need to be able to put the on a hook! LOL
if i can get 250 normal crappie minnows(1-2 inches), that'd be sweet.

HB:cool:

weekends
04-09-2009, 08:01 PM
The bait stores in my area sell by weight. Some sell by 1/4,1/2,3/4&1 pound some will sell as low 1/8 of a pound. They say 1/8 of a pound is about 2 dozen depends on size of the

sac-a-lait
04-09-2009, 10:47 PM
the minnow number #6, a medium, means it takes approx 6 pounds to make 1,ooo minners or approx 167 per pound or approx 14 doz per pound

blairarnold
04-10-2009, 01:50 PM
I wonder what the bait shops pay for minnows since they buy them pounds at a time from fish farmers and distributors. The baitshops in Drasco and Batesville charge $2.25 per dozen, and you're very lucky if you get 13 for a dozen. On the other hand there's a bait shop in Forrest City that charges $0.75 per dozen, and I assume they're making money.

sac-a-lait
04-10-2009, 02:17 PM
on average in Miss, Med #6 will cost you $49 for 1,000 minnows (delivered to the bait house), so that's about 4.9 cents each WHOLESALE. Most places around here sell them for 12 cents each for MED. This is buying from the MIDDLE man, if you can go straight to the grower they would be even cheaper. But the markup is around 100% plus for most places RETAIL and apparently for the middle man too.

blairarnold
04-10-2009, 02:33 PM
Well, the Batesville and Drasco baitshops are selling their minnows at 18.75 cents per minnow, and the Forrest City shop is at 6.25 cents per minnow. If they are buying them at the same price you are, the 2 high shops are making quite a return on their investment. However, there's a good chance they're buying them from the growers as there are minnow farms at Lonoke and Paragould that I know of, and they make deliveries to baitshops.

sac-a-lait
04-10-2009, 02:54 PM
Oh if you can buy straight from the farm "you can buy the farm"...I would figure the middle man who delivers them to the biatshops has to mark them up 100% as well. So I bet he gets them for 2 cents and sells them to the bait shops, by the pound per 1,000. For example, a #6 at retail is approx 13 cents of which the baitshop paid approx 5 cents of which the bait deliver truck probably paid 3-2 cents. Now the fellers selling them so cheap MIGHT be catching them themselves in a seine net or something like that then the cost is ZERO and you can sell them SUPER CHEAP!

danogoldcreek
04-10-2009, 04:42 PM
i sell minnows,med #6 1.00 a dozen,smalls 3 dz for 2.50.yes a lb of med is around 12 -14 dz and is right at $10.00.i make just a few $ a lb.much rather sell them by the dz.a place at greers ferry gets $2.99 a dz!and oh yea i get them delivered off a truck

blairarnold
04-12-2009, 06:53 PM
I think part of the problem on the high prices in Batesville and Drasco are lack of competition.

Backwater Man
04-13-2009, 10:26 AM
Here at Millwood I can buy a 1/4 lb. for about $3.75---myself I use a larger minnow about 1-2 inches in size, a little smaller than a bass minnow. You can also buy a smaller size about 1 1/4 in length and get 3-4 dozen in a 1/4 lb.
Like the man said---What size do you want--its cheaper to buy by weight. The guys I buy from do not even count the millows, they just dip up some and ask me is that enough, if I say know, than he adds some more and charge me by the weight. Of course I know these guys and buy from them all of the time. I find that bigger minnows keep the smaller crappie off your line.

blairarnold
04-13-2009, 10:55 AM
I've always liked a little bigger minnow, too.

gabowman
04-13-2009, 05:50 PM
I'm buying approx. 20 doz. small minnows for $12. Stores at home are selling for $1.70 a doz. = $34 for the 20 doz. I'm buying my personal minnows so I dont move 'em like bait shops either. Theyre buying 'em cheaper than I can. Their mark up is close to 200% (less what dies).

slabbandit
04-13-2009, 08:59 PM
We buy all ours by the pound from Anderson's Minnow Farm in Lonoke, Ar. They have a 6# minimum order. Seems like they are about 30 bucks for 6 lbs. I never knew how the grading system worked until I read Sac-a-Lait's post. I have been getting #8's last year and they seems to produce a little bigger crappie.
I think that if your lake gives up a fair shair of 1 1/2 to 3 lbers that using the larger #8 minnow will produce bigger stringers.

blairarnold
04-14-2009, 09:46 AM
Yeah, I really believe that big crappie prefer a bigger minnow, not bass sized but bigger than the piddly ones.

NIMROD
04-14-2009, 09:19 PM
We buy all ours by the pound from Anderson's Minnow Farm in Lonoke, Ar. They have a 6# minimum order. Seems like they are about 30 bucks for 6 lbs. I never knew how the grading system worked until I read Sac-a-Lait's post. I have been getting #8's last year and they seems to produce a little bigger crappie.
I think that if your lake gives up a fair shair of 1 1/2 to 3 lbers that using the larger #8 minnow will produce bigger stringers.

Don't think they're that high, but it may depend on who you know.;)

NIMROD
04-14-2009, 09:22 PM
Yeah, I really believe that big crappie prefer a bigger minnow, not bass sized but bigger than the piddly ones.

My dad always used bigger minnows at Nimrod. I use big jigs all the time. Crappie here feed on Shad most of the time, seen 4+ inch Shad in Crappie often.;)

cricket george
04-14-2009, 10:58 PM
I bought a gallon (8#)of Rosy reds for $65.00 from a bait distributor and stocked them in a 1/4 acre pond.I poisoned the pond in August and stocked in October of 2007. I started with approx 1200 minnows. Rosies, which are a color phase of fathead minnows, started spawning in April 2008. They will spawn in April,May, June, July, August and possibly September. By October 2008 I had, conservatively, 5 gallons or 6,000 to 7,000 minnows. I have trapped approx 1 gallon out since October and the rest are ready to start spawning. I expect that by Fall I should have 15,000+ minnows! JEEPERS! I had better get busy because the pond could reach carrying capacity by this Fall. My point is that if you take a wee bit of time to talk to a farmer or landowner that raises cattle about stocking a watering pond with minnows or shiners in exchange for some fillets. You might get lucky, raise your own and MAYBE get a place to hunt too:D:D
Just a suggestion...... I raise red wigglers for bream fishing too, but that is another story. This years project is raising crawfish.

centerdriver
04-14-2009, 10:59 PM
Guess it is all where you come from. In florida, they sell them by weight. Here in texas, everywhere I have bought them are by the dozen. I thought 2 bucks a doz was ok, till I went to florida where 3.50 bought a quarter pound. Now I feel ripped off, and in my home state too. Dang.
Dusty

coolbreeze
04-15-2009, 06:28 AM
here around lake murray the minnows vary in price also. we buy small minnows this time of year. they are called tuffies. they are very hardy and match the baitfish in the lake and rivers. they are being sold anywhere from $1 a dozen to 1.60. some are selling them by the pound. i can buy 1/2# for anwhere of $9.36 up to $20. there are approx 12-13 doz in one half pound. the $20 price is up around the traffic circle where they sell them for $2.50 an ounce. that is basically twice the price of the other bait shops. no matter wht they say; there is a nice profit it minnow sales.
on another subject ; they ain't doing too bad selling worms either. LOL