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    Default Catch bait fish, with just one hand, no tools or "trap" from civilization

    How to catch small minnows with just one functional hand and no other tools beside a stream, river, lake, pond, or ocean. Ideal in areas such as mountains or deserts where vegetation is scarce and there are few insects or they are difficult to catch.



    This is basically a variation of a tidal pool, but on a very small scale and most tidal pool hand fishing is no longer legal. In grade school my sister and I damed up a tidal pool on an island at the mouth of the Amazon that had a fresh water stingray in it. As the water continued to drain from it we threw stones at the ray knocking its venomous barbed tail off and eventually killing it. A nice 2 pound (1 kilogram) meal of mostly protein for a couple of young kids. Much less boney than the piranha we had caught on smaller rivers. We killed those with a machete before attempting to clean them, they are very bitty, even after dead.


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    So that's how they get pink salmon.
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    That minnow trap was going to be the next DIY project I posted on the forum. I will do something else.

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    I'm surprised no one has suggested using a cigarette butt. It was one of the first things I learned as a child, mainly because almost everyone smoked and many cigarette butts were thrown into the water. Just take a bit of the filter and secure it to a hook. Used butts work just fine. Panfish love them!

    PS - I'm not a smoker or ever have been, just an observation.
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    I've seen some videos on youtube where people caught fish with gummy bears and gummy worms. I've had zero luck with that as bait. I've heard corn works, but they won't let us use it at our lakes. Stinky feet also seems to work. I was standing in a lake and a trout swam right up to my toes. I nearly grabbed the little bugger, but I reacted too quickly and dropped my pole in the water. I've stopped buying hooks, swivels and sinkers. If you walk around the banks that are commonly fished, there is an endless supply of the stuff snagged in trees or packed into mud. You can make the lake a little safer for wildlife and people by cleaning it up, so that's another plus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wildthang View Post
    A little piece of beef jerky will catch bluegills, and it stays on the hook pretty good as well! IN my large backpack, I carry one of the small bottles of salmon eggs. They last a long time and small fish of any kind cannot resist them!


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    Bump! Because I have really enjoyed peoples contributions to this thread! I have learned a few things, too!

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    As a kid in Florida and Louisiana I caught blue gill by simply spitting on a hook then using the eyes and guts from the first and subsequent fish as bait for more.
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    What did you use for the first one?
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    I spit on the hook. Granted this works best in still waters like small lakes and ponds. Moving waters tend to wash the hook clean fast.
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    See what natural insects they might be eating if not worms, grubs, I would also try fish weir. Another thing that works is finding road know kill that's ripe with maggots and laying it on a branch above the water the maggots end up in the water and attract ALOT of fish.
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    I just threw up in my mouth a little.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graf View Post
    See what natural insects they might be eating if not worms, grubs, I would also try fish weir. Another thing that works is finding road know kill that's ripe with maggots and laying it on a branch above the water the maggots end up in the water and attract ALOT of fish.
    Man! It's been 30 or 40 years since I heard that technique. BTW. It works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick View Post
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    You seem to do that on a few of my post
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    We must live in different gastronomic worlds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick View Post
    We must live in different gastronomic worlds.
    I think you were trying to use every letter in the alphabet with that word, bet you play scramble
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    I'm too old to scramble anything but eggs.

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