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Old 05-18-2011, 09:10 AM
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Going to be a tough year for lobster bait. Anyone had any success with artifical baits...cow hides/skins??
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Going to be a tough year for lobster bait. Anyone had any success with artifical baits...cow hides/skins??
nope. Why do you think it is going to be a tough year?
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Place I am getting it is getting out of control on the price.....almost $40 a box(and its terrible split belly herring). Looking for something cheaper.....better bait
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Couple of people I know fished it with success . . . sea-lure
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Go out and catch your bait...or bait up with racks.

I wouldn't use hides from animals or anything that isn't natural in the marine environment. Keep in mind, the lobsters are sitting in your trap eating (and digesting) whatever your bait is. If you use raw chicken for example...are they digesting a salmonella bacteria from un-cooked chicken? You just don't know...
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Just ask people for their fish racks at your dock, its free and it works, or try asking at some of the fish markets you buy your seafood from. I've never paid for lobster bait, I'm only a 10 potter tho I assume you are too.
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I just bought some hairless cow hide for my 4 pots. Its worth a try. With the cost of fuel going up i wont be getting out there as much as i would like to check on the traps. I like the fact that the cow hide is tough and lasts for a while before being picked apart. I'll soak it with the mackeral and herring so the scent is absorbed.

As far as bait goes, I would use the leftovers of whatever you catch. I am no great fisherman but last year I had enough bait leftover to get me started this year.

Right now the macks should be pretty thick, get out there with a sabiki and start catching them up. Follow what the others are saying, theres a milion ways to get bait and leftovers!
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... we could just get after jigging the macs and see if we can fill 10 boxes.

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Place I am getting it is getting out of control on the price.....almost $40 a box(and its terrible split belly herring). Looking for something cheaper.....better bait
I think the new term is tote. How about frozen boxes?

I probably get the totes from the same place and I understand your point. I don't think there is a shortage though. Its tough to keep feedy herring looking and storing well with salted/brine. Only the old school knew how to do it.
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If you don't use up all the cow hide, you can use the remainder as air fresheners in your car.

Pleasant stuff, that cow hide bait...I'll take dead fish any day over that stuff.
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If you don't use up all the cow hide, you can use the remainder as air fresheners in your car.

Pleasant stuff, that cow hide bait...I'll take dead fish any day over that stuff.
We used it last year - AWFUL smelling stuff. We found it doesn't work better than anything else we used, but it lasts a very long time. I wouldn't use it again just because of the smell.
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I use both fish bait and hides. I just cut up and salt my deer hides every year. When I first started I used Sealure and pig hides. It's been shown that we only catch about 3% of the lobsters that enter the trap. The hides persist a lot longer than the fish baits. Keeps them in there longer. At least that is my feeling. I swap out the fish baits every week but the hides are good for 2 or 3 weeks. I've never gone so far as to fish hides alone. I think the hide smell brings them in but ultimately you have to give them something to eat. 40 bucks a tote is nuts, I got in it for cheap lobster.
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I think the new term is tote. How about frozen boxes?

I probably get the totes from the same place and I understand your point. I don't think there is a shortage though. Its tough to keep feedy herring looking and storing well with salted/brine. Only the old school knew how to do it.
I do use frozen flats but I don't have a freezer....so I only buy 6-8 at a time. If I could get a pallet(44 flats) that would be ideal I guess. Thinking about getting a Bonar box for the truck but that is just a pain in the ass too.
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I tried it a few years ago. By itself, a total loser. 50/50 with fish racks about the same as 100% racks. It does last longer, but I found once the racks were gone, the lobbies were not coming in to the traps. I ended up tossing the 20% left in the bucket at the end of the season and never went back.
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totes are about $40 and they should last almost all year if you only have 10 traps. The thing it to buy a freezer and just take what you need. chest freezer are $150 at home depot and should last you a long time.
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fishing alot more than 10
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At my dock the lobster guys sit there on a saturday afternoon and collect fish racks from the rookie fish cutters. Best bait going.
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Should have posted earlier, I got about 50# of frozen racks if anyone wants them, I'm in marshfield PM me if anyone's interested.

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Skate works good. I used put a whole skate and some racks in a pot. That was my best bait other than bluefish
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It's been shown that we only catch about 3% of the lobsters that enter the trap.
Are you saying you know that 97 out of 100 lobsters that enter your trap get out?
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