Does anyone use non-fresh/frozen bait for lobster?

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  1. Fog Ducker

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    I'm taking the kayak out tonight for lobster and I dont want to buy 50lbs of frozen macs or salmon heads for just 2-3 traps. Have you used any thing else like canned mackerel or cat food with good results. Oh yea, I'm cheap so I don't want to spend $2.50 for 1 mac in the local bait store or $5 a head at the Korean market.
     
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    find a local fish market.anything in the mack department will work.bonita,salmon heads. i go to my local asian fish market.there prices per lb. are always decent.you should be able to get enough bait for 2-3 nets for under 5 bucks
     
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    don't use cat food, i have tried that with zero results while everyone around me was pulling up full nets. i have used sardines from the can before too with minimal performance. i would suggest you just go for it and buy some frozen macs, it's better having way too much bait than coming home empty handed.
     
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    every comercial guy around uses frozen
     
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    I have had some luck on trout. I usually eat it, but sometimes get lazy and just freeze it whole...didn't know what to do with it, so i took it hooping..Worked okay.
     
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    Last time we went out we were in a pinch on bait so we raided the ice box of old freezer burnt meat ranging from those burger patties you get at costco to duck and quail. Chicken's worked for us in the past too. Good luck!
     
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    I've gotten fish heads and carcasses from the fish counter at the grocery store for free.
    I've offered to pay for them, but the butcher said he was going to throw them out anyhow.
    I've also had success with old chicken and ground beef that had been sitting in the freezer for over a year that my wife was going to throw out. I had pretty good results with the chicken. Sea lions are not attracted to the chicken or ground beef but for whatever reason, the bugs are.
     
  8. Afry

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    I use each frozen salmon head twice, after hooping the first time I refreeze when I get home and put the chewed side down the next time out, works for me.
     
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    I use that technique sometimes too...shit...Arnie showed me it. It works. Frozed...refrozed...and still catches.
    ...fishnbuddy
     
  10. Joey805

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    I've seen alot of guys use raw chicken with skin on from the grocery store...

    Seems to work pretty well for them.
     
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    I fished commercial lobsters and frozen bait is fine. You can buy 60 pound boxes of whole frozen mackerel at any fish processor. Using the same bait over and over again is an excellent idea especially when you're fishing along side my gear. Kidding aside big fish heads do hold up pretty well. I used to use tuna heads when I could get them.
     
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    We get our salmon heads and fresh macs at an Asian market in Westminster. $0.99 per pound.
    A little drive for you but the stuff works great.
    PM me if interested and I'll give you directions.
    Dave
     
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    If you could only figure out a way to get uni butter in the form of a jaw breaker...call it something like "ever lasting lobstopper"you would not be going out hoopin in your yak tonight,you would be sitting in the galley of your 38 foot something or other getting drunk and coutintig your money that you would be making on said "ever lasting Lob- stopper":rockin:
     
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    I have actually thought about uni butter and crisco,heating them up together to make a flavorful glutenous mass,putting it in a stocking or 30 micron bag(available on line)but...oil is thicker than water and would float away towards the surface or atleast theoreticlly.
     
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    This commercial guy just gave you a great tip.......... USE FRESH BAIT. It is the key
     
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    Why don't you go to one of the landings and ask 'em to save you some guts/heads/carcasses from fish cleaning. Go when a 1/2-day is departing and offer the deckie a trashbag and a few bux or some beers. Pick it up when they return.
     
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    Dude, and I'm telling you you can use it twice. I don't use it more then that. Fresh is good but not essential. Second time is just as good.

    BTW please do NOT dump youir bait to the fucking dog hanging around your boat. It's Pavlov's dog... google it and see the light.

    You reap what you sew.
     
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    Found some Talapia that was on sale super cheap at a local store and I put slices along each fish before I crammed about two per cage, seemed to work well.
     
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    I know you can use it twice, as I have more than once. IMO the bait starts loosing its scent after a few hours in the water ,so if it hasnt soaked long I may reuse it . If it soaked a long time I dump it right where I hoop, Its like fertilizing the area.
     
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    Johns Fish Market in DP, then go down to Trestles :slap:
     

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