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Offline vt-jig

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Dace vs Shiners
« on: Jan 14, 2022, 12:44 PM »
Has anyone noticed a difference in catch rates between dace and shiners as bait? Specifically for trout. I've got a spot where I can catch them somewhat reliably, so I figured I could cut down on bait cost a little this weekend, if they will work alright. They aren't quite as bucket hardy as shiners, at least in the warmer months.
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Re: Dace vs Shiners
« Reply #1 on: Jan 14, 2022, 02:20 PM »
I never noticed any difference between the two but a smelt would always get more flags than either of those two . i have added "smelt-rite" to shiners/dace with good results.
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Re: Dace vs Shiners
« Reply #2 on: Jan 14, 2022, 03:21 PM »
Definitely hear ya on the smelt. With any luck we will be able to pull a few of those Saturday night while we wait for the sun to rise.  But I'm really bad at catching smelt so I'm not gonna hold my breath on them. 
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Re: Dace vs Shiners
« Reply #3 on: Jan 14, 2022, 03:48 PM »
I actually wanted to experiment with this myself but realized I'm worse at trapping bait in the winter than I am at catching smelt.  All my summer dace hot spots are devoid of life in the winter.

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Re: Dace vs Shiners
« Reply #4 on: Jan 15, 2022, 02:59 AM »
Have noticed a difference but using 12-14" dace. 

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Re: Dace vs Shiners
« Reply #5 on: Jan 15, 2022, 08:14 AM »
Have noticed a difference but using 12-14" dace.
thats a huge Dace :o  the ones I catch USUALLY run between 2" and 6".
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Re: Dace vs Shiners
« Reply #6 on: Jan 15, 2022, 12:54 PM »
thats a huge Dace :o  the ones I catch USUALLY run between 2" and 6".
Could be a Fallfish. They look a lot like dace and are common in some of our larger rivers, i.e. the Winooski, Lamoille, Otter Creek, etc.
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Re: Dace vs Shiners
« Reply #7 on: Jan 15, 2022, 04:59 PM »
Could be a Fallfish. They look a lot like dace and are common in some of our larger rivers, i.e. the Winooski, Lamoille, Otter Creek, etc.
watched my buddy jig up a 12-13" fallfish at lake fairlee once, they do look similar.
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