Why is it that fish are full of hardback crabs but they wont touch them if you use them for bait ???...One of lifes great mysteries for me.........any ideas fellow forumites?
Just a thought on John's comment about fish feeding on both ....the reason whyWhy is it that fish are full of hardback crabs but they wont touch them if you use them for bait ???...One of lifes great mysteries for me.........any ideas fellow forumites?
Good point mate. Softies may not be as readily available as hardbacks, but why dont they take hardbacks on a hook? I think the question has been answered in a few ways and I guess my favourite was the scent one.as a newbie this might not count for anything. but would a soft crab be more difficult to find for fish than a hardback? does a softie have to hide out more than when it's hard? ooh err missus!
I think i`ll give the velvets a miss from now on then. I`ve wasted enough time and money on them already.As to those frozen velvets, I used them a fair bit the year before last and caught hounds on them, but the guy fishing next to me one night was using regular peelers and he outfished me 3 fish to one, so I won't be bothering in future unless there's no other option. Hardbacks work for smoothies but they are harder to tie on in a way which stands a good cast. John Darling used to crush up hardbacks (he had even made a special tool to do it) and use them as ground bait. I reckon crushed up frozen hardbacks in a piece of stocking would work well if you could be bothered. I can't.
i absolutley refuse to use anything other than fresh peelers.. on my weeks off i usually go to my secret mark down west and stock up on peelers for future sessions.. ive never seen anyone use hardbacks for normal fishing other than wrasse fishing and if i saw them doing so id like a good explanation as to why they are doing this as it pretty stupid and a waste of everyones time as well as the hardbacks life
tight lines guys