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Gorilla:
Living in Central Jersey there are not a ton of options to get shiners for me, I do suck it up and take the 30 minute drive to Moulders in Englishtown (Nice guys and good bait prices so not the end of the world)

I did pick myself up a bait trap last year and had some success in the spring by using some dog food and setting up in streams or spillways.  I have been trying that same system the past 3 weeks and have yet to pull anything up.   

Any hints you bait masters might have for me?

delawareriver:

--- Quote from: Gorilla on Jan 28, 2022, 01:59 PM ---Living in Central Jersey there are not a ton of options to get shiners for me, I do suck it up and take the 30 minute drive to Moulders in Englishtown (Nice guys and good bait prices so not the end of the world)

I did pick myself up a bait trap last year and had some success in the spring by using some dog food and setting up in streams or spillways.  I have been trying that same system the past 3 weeks and have yet to pull anything up.   

Any hints you bait masters might have for me?

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yes catch bait in the fall and keep them for the winter.  That's by far the easiest compared to trying to catch in the winter. You wanna find the deepest slowest moving hole which typically is ice covered by this time of year

ScalyKnuckles:
It's tough to catch bait this time of year. Where in central jersey are you? I'm in middlesex and house my own baits for winter...

GlennSr.:
Itís so much bother to catch the bait that I gave that up years ago. I used to  net them in a drop net with a big opening in the ice but now I have a job and I buy my bait. The people at Molders are friendly so say hello and drop a few bucks.

JigAwhopper:
Creek chub are active year round.  I got a small stream running through my property, they're active after dark in 1 ft of water.  Find a 2/3 ft deep hole and go with a spot light  after dark to verify bait location,  then set up couple traps with a chunk of bread or whatever.  I average 3-4 chub per trap per night, so more is better.  good luck

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