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    Default Preserving bait

    I can't fish with live fish and I doubt I can get most panfish to take a 3.25" nose to tail crawdad which is legal size here so I have to improvise.

    I want to take minnows, peamouth clubs and crawdads and preserve them. The crawdad meat I think I have a good idea but I have no idea how to preserve fresh fish for bait. I even thought of buying goldfish and preserving them or maybe guppies.

    Can anyone help? I tried a search but only found links for large fish like herring which I have done and I'm pretty sure a tiny 2" fish won't hold up through the process, but I may be wrong.

    ( wasn't sure which forum to put this in)

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    Quote Originally Posted by fish_4_any View Post
    I can't fish with live fish and I doubt I can get most panfish to take a 3.25" nose to tail crawdad ...
    You can definitely get most panfish to take a small jig. I’d try that before preserving small fish.
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    Check on salting your small minnows. I know some of the old boys I fished with swore by them. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deathb4disco View Post
    You can definitely get most panfish to take a small jig. I’d try that before preserving small fish.
    Yeh and if they don't want to hit them....spray them with Slab Sauce and they will be as good as live bait.
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