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Old 09-05-2009, 01:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a bunch of them in my yard and garden. I'm thinking of freezing some for ice fishing bait. Anyone had any luck with this? WA
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Old 09-05-2009, 02:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Never used live ones.

I have some power bait plastics that kind of look like grasshopers. I've caught trout on them.
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Used them live all the time as a kid.
Fish cannot resist a big juicy hopper.

Don't know if they would work dead.
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Best way it to try it out. Let us know how it goes.
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We've been considering ordering some of these: Fishers Choice Preserved Baits http://www.timbuktuoutdoors.com/fishing.html

Can't tell you how many times we've had frozen mealworms or 'jailbreaks' from the bait box!
Sure wish you didn't have to buy a whole can and have to use them fairly quick - 2 weeks. Guess you gotta catch a lotta fish or die trying!


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Those canned mealworms look worth trying fishingal. I caught 20 hoppers yesterday, they were easy to catch with a minnow net. Put them in my freezer double bagged. Now that I think about it I should have made 2 bags of 10 each and taken one bag per trip. Maybe I'll get more today. I will try them this winter and post a report on it if it works. WA
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We just got an email back from Timbuktu Outdoors. Apparently we will be seeing them at BPS.

If you can't use all of 'em, just freeze the portion (suggested by mfr) and take the rest with you.

Now I'm dying of curiosity. Already have the itch on for ice fishing. Oh, but to no longer get mad about another frozen bait box again... now frozen is a good thing?!?
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I know it has already been said.. But i too have used them alive and had great luck.. But that was back in Arizona.. Have yet to try one in Colorado... Yet!!
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The trout in the Arkansas by Canon City love them. If you find a bank with weeds close to the water just flip a small spinner in a couple of feet from shore and they nail it as soon as it hits the water.
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one pond i went to several years ago grasshoppers were the only thing the fish were biting
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