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How To Catch Minnows

Sep 11, 2008
Minnows are some of the best baits to use when fishing for most any species of fish. It is also one of the oldest baits used. One great thing about fishing with minnows is that they can be used both dead and alive although, alive will usually get you the best results. Many anglers prefer to use minnows over worms or insects. There are a lot of anglers that enjoy catching their own minnows to use for fishing instead of purchasing them from a bait and tackle store.

Catching minnows is not very difficult as long as you know where to find them and a few simple steps to follow once you do. Finding the minnows is really not very hard because they live in just about any type of water and you can find them as close to the bank as they can swim. This is an advantage for the fisherman because they are so close to the edge of the water you can even make catching them a family thing.

Tools You Need to Catch and Store Minnows

You can catch minnows with a simple fishing net and they need to be kept in a minnow bucket until you are ready to use them. You can purchase a minnow net for a reasonable amount of money at most any bait and tackle store located in your area or you can order one from an online store. There are several different sizes to choose from and you can buy a cloth or wire minnow net depending on which one you prefer to use.

After buying your net and locating the minnows you are ready to get started. Place your net into the water and lower it below the surface. Now sprinkle some type of bait over this area to draw the minnows over the net. Bread crumbs and crackers seem to work very well. Once the minnows come to feed you are ready to pull up the net and place your minnows in the bucket. Minnows can also be found in deeper waters, around lily pads and similar structures where they can be caught in the same manner.

Minnows can also be caught in traps and seines. Check with your local bait shop to see what options are available. You can also go online and search traps and seines to find a variety of products on sale at reasonable prices. You will find a variety of sizes and styles that will make it easy for you to find the perfect selection for your individual needs.

The minnow bucket is a necessity and you can make your own if you would like to. It is fast, easy and requires few materials. Start with a simple tin bucket and small mesh wire netting. Take the wire and cut it to fit inside the bucket loosely. Cut a circle out of the wire that is a little smaller than the size of the buckets bottom, then tie it to the cylinder shape with a piece of wire to make a bottom for it. Now you need to make a top for the bucket the same way only secure it with hinges so it can be opened and closed easily.
About the Author
Dan Eggertsen is a fishing researcher and enthusiast who is committed to providing the best crappie fishing information possible. Get more information on crappie fishing here: http://www.askcrappiefishing.com/
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