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Old 02-15-2011, 03:31 AM
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Hi all,

Been out of fishing for a while, at least 20 years. Grew up in South Florida fishing the mangroves or off bridges in the Keys or in the Everglades for bass. We used blocks of ground chum in a net. That was it.

I have seen menhaden oil for the last 6 months or so since I have been building my tackle back up. I have read how you stick it in a coke bottle, poke a hole in the bottom and drip it off the side of your boat and it works better than a good old fashioned chum slick.

Could I ask you all to give me your two cents on how you use it? I will be fishing the Georgia coastline mostly and the Gulfstream is 60 miles away - just a touch too far to reach in my boat, but I am building up the experience (and coe-hoe-nays) to get out to the Navy towers that are 40 miles offshore and would really like to know if you all think the menhaden drip is really all that.

Thanks in advance,

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They make a drip bag for that as well. (looks like an IV bag and just hang it off the side of the boat) Its real messy and the IV bag is the cleanest way to use it. Keep a separate bucket to put the bag in when not in use. You can also mix it with oats and scoop it out. But like I said its real messy and slippery as hell when it hits the deck. As bad as motor oil. I like Menahaden milk better because it will sink. The oil stays on the surface. But using both together works even better.
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For straight oil I use a regular spray bottle to suppliment the ground chum I already have out.I find it to be less of a hassel then an IV.And none of it gets on the deck unlike the IV when it gets a little rough.Just a few sprays on a timely schedule and your good to go.
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Mix in chum. Also is good for massage oil.
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This year I am going to try soaking rice in it, then freezing the mixture with a rope in it to tie off the transom with my regular chum. Can't hurt.
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I usually spill it in the boat, and on my shoes, and spend the next six months trying to get rid of the stain/smell!

That is some nasty stuff.
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I also use the spray bottle method as well. I just spray 2-3 shots every 5-10 minutes in the chum line. I also mix it with oats and rice for yellowtail snapper fishing.
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We use it in our chum mix for bait inshore. Use it in our chum mix in the Keys for the snappers.
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I remember talking with a guy that mixed the oil in with dog food and then put it in bottles with holes in them. Kept them in the freezer until he went fishing. I am going to take a small pump garden sprayer, mix the oil in with glitter, and see how that does this year.
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Great in the old style squatty mustard bottles.
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Thanks everyone! This is great information. Thank you and keep them coming!

I am rigging up a dripper that I am going to make out of a 3" section of PVC about a foot long. On one end will be a threaded cap for filling, on the other end a tapered adapter that brings it down to a PVC ball valve and a nipple. I plan on hanging it off the back cleat and dripping it off the back of the boat as we troll for kings and fish for cobia.

I like the dog food idea too. May have to make chum popsicles! My wife will REALLY appreciate that in the freezer... May need to stock up on Arm and Hammer baking soda!
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I rub it all over her and.....
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Originally Posted by Sudden Strike Fishing View Post
I also use the spray bottle method as well. I just spray 2-3 shots every 5-10 minutes in the chum line. I also mix it with oats and rice for yellowtail snapper fishing.
I want to try mixing it with oats also. When you mix it with oats or rice, do you pre-soak the oats/rice with water first, or just soak them in oil?

Also does anyone know the shelf life of menhaden oil? I got a gallon of it a couple years ago and only used a little. Does it go rancid?
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Use a container with a pin hole in the bottom and tie it off a transom cleat. Hang it out of the water. It takes about 1/2 hour to drain and drips quick. I mix it with water and one jug will last a few hours no prob. Easy and cheap except for the oil itself. Bhy
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OK, so I made my own rig. It should work great with the oil as I just tested it out with some used kitchen oil we had around.







It cost $17.85 after tax from the Dome Hepot. It will hold 1/2 gallon of fluid. Added a stainless steel eyebolt to hang it from a cleat. It will leak if laid on its side through the eyebolt and threaded cap, but no plans to lay it on its side!

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Nice setup! How are you going to hang it.
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Run a loop of rope through the eyebolt and loop through the transom cleat. Should work ok.
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Originally Posted by nauticalwheeler View Post
I want to try mixing it with oats also. When you mix it with oats or rice, do you pre-soak the oats/rice with water first, or just soak them in oil?

Also does anyone know the shelf life of menhaden oil? I got a gallon of it a couple years ago and only used a little. Does it go rancid?
I make a slop with the rice and oats. Just add enough water to get it to thick soup consistancy. I just boil a big bag of rice and mix it with oats, menhaden oil, a block of chum and some water. You can get the oats in 50 lb. bags at animal feed stores very cheap. Store the left over oats in a 5 gallon bucket or two with a tight fitting lid to get bugs out until ready to use.

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Is the oats or rice being used to actually attrack smaller fish or is it just as a sort of catalyst to make into a chum that can be spooned out?
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Is the oats or rice being used to actually attrack smaller fish or is it just as a sort of catalyst to make into a chum that can be spooned out?
It is used as chum and will attract the fish. The oats will disintergrate in the water and make it cloudy which is what you want when fishing for yellowtail snapper because yellowtail have superior eyesight. Now this is mainly for yellowtail snapper fishing. The YT will eat the rice. You should see their stomachs when you filet them. Just make sure you don't over do it or they will get full on the rice. If used for other fish I don't think that it would hurt because the menhaden oil is coating the rice which carries the oil scent as it drifts over the reef which would attract all kinds of reef fish.
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