This week’s crappie tip.
Many anglers have learned that there are lots of
different species of fish that respond very well
to minnows. This makes the minnow one of the
leading live baits used by anglers today.
There are a couple of different ways to get the
minnows you need when you’re ready to go on your
next fishing adventure.
For instance, you can visit your favorite
tackle and bait shop and pick up some fresh live
minnows right before heading out.
Of course, you do run the risk of them being out
of stock during the busy season. If this happens,
you’ll have to run around and look somewhere else
or use a different type of bait.
You can also take along a net when you go fishing
and catch your own minnows to use while you’re
out on the lake.
This does have some advantages because the fish
respond well to the minnows that are caught in
their natural habitat.
Still, taking the time to catch minnows will take
away from the time you’ll have to actually reel
in the fish. If you love to fish but don’t have
a lot of free time, this could begin to get a l
ittle annoying after awhile.
However, if you do lots of fishing, there is a
third way to get the minnows you need without
buying them or taking time out of your fishing a
dventures to try and catch them with a net.
You can always build your own minnow trap. This
way you can have as many minnows as you need a
nytime you need them.
Do you think this would be too difficult? Then
Building your own minnow trap is not as difficult
as you might think. In fact, you can find many
things right in your own home to use for building
the trap and pick up the rest from your local
Follow the directions below to learn how to build
a minnow trap.
Directions on how to build a minnow trap:
Get two three-liter plastic soda bottles and label
one "A" and the other one "B".Leave the top on
bottle "A" and cut off the bottom portion.
Keep at least two-thirds of the bottle.
Remove the top from bottle "B" and cut about
one-third of the top portion off. Discard
the bottom half of the bottle.
Place bottle "B" into bottle "A" with the tops
of the bottle pointing in the same direction.
Punch holes in the bottom of both bottles around
the area where they are cut off. Use twine or a
strong string to sew the bottoms (along where
they were cut off) together.
The main thing is that you make sure they don’t
Punch a few holes in bottle "A" to aid in the flow
of water so the minnows that get trapped will stay
alive until you empty out the trap.
Don’t forget to tie a long rope onto the trap so
you will have something to lower it into the
water and pull it back out again.
Bait the trap with crackers, bread or some other
foods that will attract the minnows and place it
in the water.
Make sure you check the trap often to ensure you
don’t leave the minnows in the trap too long.
The concept of this homemade minnow trap is very
simple. The minnows will swim in through bottle
"B" and they will be trapped in the space between
"B" and "A" because the top is still on bottle "A".
The minnows will not swim back out the same way
they entered the trap.
Building your own minnow trap has many benefits.
Not only will it give you access to minnows when
you need them but it saves you lots of money too.
If you do lots of fishing and like using minnows
this can be very expensive after awhile. Think
about how much you spend each fishing season on
minnows and you’ll see how fast it adds up.
Another benefit is that you’ll get better results
with minnows that you catch yourself. This is
primarily because they are a natural part of the
lakes and rivers where you’re fishing.
You also get the pleasure of catching the fish
with the bait you caught yourself. However, using
a bait trap doesn’t take up lots of your time
like trying to catch them with a net would.
There are other ways to make minnow traps but
the directions above are one of the easiest
methods to use.
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