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What is the proper way to bait a minnow?

Jim:

What is the proper way to bait a minnow? I hook through the back, but after a few minutes, it just hangs limp... There used to be a minnow harness years ago when I fished that would put a small wire through the back, but on each side there would be a hook sideways to hold the minnow straight.

Please let me know the best way.. Thanks

Cadillac Jack


Jack:

I have always used a light wire hook and put it through the tail section, as far back as I could. They seem to live a long time that way. Hooking any fish-type bait through the upper back does, in fact, seem to kill them quickly. You can also hook them in the lip for a long survival. Note, I said 'lip' (singular, as in only one lip). If you hook them through BOTH lips, you close the mouth and they can't ingest water into and over the gills.

But, there is one other thing to consider. How deep are you fishing the minnow?????? This time of year, the surface water (first 3-4 feet is pretty warm (which equates to low O2 content). THAT may also be contributing to your problem. In Fla., shiners die real quick in the summer just due to the shock of the warm water. The livewell is kept cool to keep them alive. But, when they hit that warm lake water --- it's turn-up city time very often.

Jim P.




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