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bigdave1988
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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2011 12:02 pm Reply with quote Back to top

i fish the hamble estuary down south for bass but cant get through the tiny schoolies on worm. i was wondering if floatfishing a live hardback crab a foot or 2 off the bottom would work? surely would be more selective.

all thoughts welcome!! happy
 
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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2011 12:04 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Hard back crabs would be good for 2 things in my opinion. Wrasse and smoothound winking
 
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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2011 3:32 pm Reply with quote Back to top

There is no doubt that large bass fill up on 50p sized hardback crabs but they do not seem to work as bait.
A locally abundant fish livebait would be better. suprise big grin
 
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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2011 4:14 pm Reply with quote Back to top

End of july, catch small pout or pollack and live bait them for some rod bending action. winking
 
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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 12:12 pm Reply with quote Back to top

cheers guys!!

i will definately be trying a livebait down there soon. Only issue is i would imagine the bass are munching little mullet in the river and they will be virtually impossible to catch for bait.

i could perhaps try and get a few pout from town quay and try them there but how could i keep them alive long enough?
 
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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 1:32 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Only way to keep live bait alive long enough is to get a good size bucket with a airiator winking
 
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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 2:22 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Your original post has the answer . winking
 
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PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2011 7:54 am Reply with quote Back to top

cheers guys sounds like a solid plan. pinch the air pump out me fish tank for a little while. winking smug
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 10:25 am Reply with quote Back to top

whole or live joey mackerel would be the better option imho.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 12:47 pm Reply with quote Back to top

The joey mackeral yes, mostly from a boat. Most people around my area stick to the pout/whiting/pollock option winking
 
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