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Old 02-04-2012, 08:54 AM   #1
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Default Mussels for bait

I now have some access to a private beach that has lots of mussels.

Thinking of using them for bait for perch, greenling, flounder etc. The problem is: putting a piece of mussel on a hook is like trying to put wet goo on a hook--it does not stick on a hook for long--too soft.

Anyone ever try stuffing mussels into a spawn sack (mesh netting)? I doubt the perch/greenling/flounder would be that discerning to turn away from mussels stuffed into a spawn sack.

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Old 02-04-2012, 09:53 AM   #2
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Try cooking them first if at all possible. Clams and mussels work excellent for all the species you mentioned. Just need to cook them first > Spawn sacks would work just fine , its the smell of the muscle or clam that attracts them .
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Old 02-04-2012, 11:09 AM   #3
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I now have some access to a private beach that has lots of mussels.

Thinking of using them for bait for perch, greenling, flounder etc. The problem is: putting a piece of mussel on a hook is like trying to put wet goo on a hook--it does not stick on a hook for long--too soft.

Anyone ever try stuffing mussels into a spawn sack (mesh netting)? I doubt the perch/greenling/flounder would be that discerning to turn away from mussels stuffed into a spawn sack.
Excellent bait. Mussels will stick on the hook much better than mud or sand shrimp. Use a 2/0-4/0 baitholder hook and hook it through the mantle.
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Old 02-04-2012, 11:24 AM   #4
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Have used them great bait, pick up some extras for yourself smaller ones make super good table fair.
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Old 02-04-2012, 04:10 PM   #5
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So cooking the mussels toughens them to stay on the hook better? I suppose you just boil them in a crab cooker?
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Old 02-04-2012, 08:31 PM   #6
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brining may make them abit more stiff.....

like mine with clam juice onion and garlic.... oh yea and crunchy bread


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Old 02-04-2012, 10:12 PM   #7
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Use a large trout hook with barbs on it. Hook it through the tough part. works just fine and is an excellent bait.
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Old 02-05-2012, 04:22 PM   #8
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The pile worms under the mussels usually work better
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