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Fish: Creek Chub

Take care of your bait

Post By: finsnfeathers      Posted: 6/29/2014 6:29:40 AM     Points: 444    
Caught a mess of creek chubs yesterday to use for catfish bait later in the evening. Had them in a gallon ziplock bag and put them on the front porch to go eat lunch. The wife didn't want them in the fridge, and I was going to use them anyway later that day, so didn't think anything of it.
Well, after lunch, then some other things I had to do for wife and kids, I went outside 2 hours later and my bag of chubs turned into a bag of mush. The sun literally cooked them and they exploded from the gases within 2 hours of being caught!
I usually use just the heads anyway, so figured the heads would still be fine, NOPE! The heads literally fell apart as I examined them.
So now I have a bag of rancid chub mush that I will still use. Thinking about freezing them in ice cube trays in MY freezer in garage to use for bait, but I still prefer fresh bait to stink bait.
 Reply by: Jacob J      Posted: 6/29/2014 8:43:57 AM     Points: 1801    
Frabill makes nice containers for all kind of bait. Available practically in every store.
 Reply by: cookster      Posted: 6/29/2014 9:50:21 AM     Points: 62318    
If you just want to keep them for a day just get a cheap aerator and a five gallon bucket full of water. If you want to keep them a week or so spend the money and get a good frabill like said above. Be sure to keep it in the shade and as cool as possible. Good luck with your bait.
 Reply by: ol Uncle Marty      Posted: 6/29/2014 11:30:26 AM     Points: 352    
I have had that happen several times as it takes a while to collect bait.
Use a smaller cooler with ice in it as you collect the bait. Some salt on ice will keep bait colder...Do not freeze....you get better results with fresher bait.
(You can't transfer live bait...see check the regs.)