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Old 06-14-2019, 01:59 PM
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I'm sure its been discussed before but I guess I'll bring it up again. Anybody have luck with live Macs in round pen. Will they live or am I wasting my time? They do well in the livewell on the boat all day and are still very healthy so I'm thinking of trying a pen. Any thoughts much appreciated.
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Old 06-14-2019, 02:44 PM
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Will depend on the water temp and water clarity.

In August they barely last a night in my pen which is in shallower warmer water than the water on the fishing grounds I caught them on.

In June, September October when the water in the harbor is cold they will last 2 days
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Old 06-14-2019, 05:06 PM
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They last a whole night and next day fishing in my live well I just add some frozen water bottles and keep it recirculating. Never lasted that long in a pen for me I dont know why.
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Old 06-14-2019, 05:57 PM
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They lasted about a day tops for me. Water is too warm.
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Old 06-14-2019, 06:34 PM
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I had some in my 3' diameter 4' deep pen last week and 4 out of 20 died, probably the bleeders that got gill hooked. Still in there I will let you know how they are doing on Sunday. Mid summer they die before I get to the dock, likely due to water temp. Pogies are pretty good in the pen mid summer, had a bluefish live for a month too. I am inner harbor, might try tossing it in the outter harbor and see if that helps. Looked like the alive macks ate the dead ones too which is good to know, at least you can end up with the strongest one.

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Old 06-16-2019, 08:23 AM
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I have a pen for sale if u need one, it big 4' deep 4' round , in good shape
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Old 06-17-2019, 05:15 AM
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How you handle the boats will also be a big piece of how long they live. I used to tournament fish in South Florida and bait handling is the probably one of the most critical pieces to success. Here are some of the tips that i have learned.

Handle your baits as little and as gently as possible. Use long rods that allow you to swing the whole sabiki rig out of the water so that you can grab the weight at the bottom. Position them over the well and have someone else remove them from the hook with a dehooker and drop them directly into the well. No touching the baits. When you transfer them from the well to the pen scoop a few at a time, don't load the net. You really want to keep their slime coat in as good shape as possible. If you have one of those smooth nets like they use on trout I would suggest that.

If your pen is in warmer water than where they were caught, sink the pen. The water will be a little cooler on the bottom.

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Old 06-17-2019, 07:22 AM
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How you handle the boats will also be a big piece of how long they live. I used to tournament fish in South Florida and bait handling is the probably one of the most critical pieces to success. Here are some of the tips that i have learned.

Handle your baits as little and as gently as possible. Use long rods that allow you to swing the whole sabiki rig out of the water so that you can grab the weight at the bottom. Position them over the well and have someone else remove them from the hook with a dehooker and drop them directly into the well. No touching the baits. When you transfer them from the well to the pen scoop a few at a time, don't load the net. You really want to keep their slime coat in as good shape as possible. If you have one of those smooth nets like they use on trout I would suggest that.

If your pen is in warmer water than where they were caught, sink the pen. The water will be a little cooler on the bottom.

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100% agree. dont touch them at all if you want them to live the longest
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