Trouble baiting up??

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  1. woodlandcreator

    woodlandcreator Member

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    Hi peeps. If any of you are like me and are struggling or struggled when baiting up, maybe your bait flies off the hook every time you cast hard?

    Well, hopefully you'll find this as helpfull as I did. Follow this link; http://www.baitsrus.com/bait-ups-28-w.asp and check out the vids.

    I'm sure some of you are thinking NO, I use bait elastic aka elastic cotton. Well here's a few reasons why its not always the answer.

    Bait elastic is not always the way forward because:
    1 - Its not great for the digestion system of the fish and other wildlife.
    2 - It takes a fair old time to degrade and rot away if at all.
    3 - I've often seen it getting chucked into the sea still all tangled up in the bait after the bait gets changed 10-20 times or more each session.
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    4 - It can just be plain unnecessary.

    But of course, it is often necessary and it does work well with peeler, hermit, lug etc.. so in my mind, as long as its discarded properly then all should be good.


    Good luck, take care and tight lines! :fishing1:

    Dunc

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  2. meanstreak

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    Bait elastic is a must with most soft baits cast from the shore, it don't hurt fishes digestive systems when I catch a keeper, my filleting knife does thou
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    Living in rural N. Yorkshire, I find it difficult to fit fishing sessions in with tackle shop opening times, so have taken to using mussel and squid cocktails instead of lugworms, and this simply wouldn't work without bait elastic, nor would peeler crabs either (not if you wanted to cast them any distance)- each time I rebait, I just cut the bait elastic off the hook in very small pieces, and don't think this causes any problems for fish or the environment.
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    Even if we accidently ate some bait elastic I don't think it would hurt us ,trouble would be going to the loo 10 times a day boing boing
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    bait elastic rules! lol!
  6. woodlandcreator

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    Well it just so happen that I found a way around the mussel baits problem of them basically just falling to peices. What I do is collect 20 odd of the largest mussels I can find and take them home. lol, I don't eat them all but I do eat some. With the remaining 10-20 i put to one side for the min. I attach a hook to the required length of line for the next fishing trip. I extract the mussel from the shell and attach the mussel to each hook very gently then put them into an icube tray (1 per cube hole) and carefully place into a freezer bag and freeze. Then thats them ready to go for when I next go fishing.

    I keep the bait frozen by putting some icepacks in a cooler bag/box with the pre-baited hooks still in the icecube tray. The salt water defrosts the baits in a min or two and I have even caught a pollack, reeled him in and the bait for the most part, was still frozen.

    Obviously this works with any soft bait and I find its best to use fresh bait rather than defrost and re-freeze.

    Hope that all makes sense.

    Dunc
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    Stuff them into a sea scenter or if using as a tipping bait use with a d-vice and a bit of laccy.
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    Wo wo woooo.... Your gettin a bit technical now!! :headhurt:
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    Bought a couple sea scenter leads, will see how I get on this sunday.

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