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Offline Muggsy

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Only perch eyes for bait?
« on: Sep 18, 2021, 05:55 AM »
As I was cleaning some bluegill a week or 2 ago, I got to thinking about the stories of using perch eyes for bait. Will the eyes from 'gills and crappie work as well or is there some reason we seem to only read about perch eyes for bait? Having never used any eye's for bait, I wonder if I should save a few from my next catch. If there is a reason for only perch eyes I won't bother.
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Re: Only perch eyes for bait?
« Reply #1 on: Sep 18, 2021, 07:01 AM »
 I have never tried gill eyes ,  , what are you out by giving them a try , I try all kinds of things on perch ,Lakers and walleyes , never hurts to think outside the box ,
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Re: Only perch eyes for bait?
« Reply #2 on: Sep 18, 2021, 09:32 AM »
Been my experience that any fish eye works just fine, crappie eyes especially. I think you always hear "perch eye" because perch are usually the target when using eyes, and with every keeper you have fresh bait.

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Re: Only perch eyes for bait?
« Reply #3 on: Sep 19, 2021, 08:18 AM »
I kinda feel bad for the fish unless they're already dead

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Re: Only perch eyes for bait?
« Reply #4 on: Sep 19, 2021, 11:07 PM »
Smelt will bite on another smelt eye.  Well it happened on accident where I hook set and brought up a fighting smelt only to have an eyeball.  Decided to toss that lure back down and boom I caught a smelt on that eye ball.  :P  It could've been the lure but there was an eyeball on the treble.
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Re: Only perch eyes for bait?
« Reply #5 on: Sep 20, 2021, 05:49 AM »

 1 lake I fish has smelt and they are very aggressive, and not fussy
 

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Re: Only perch eyes for bait?
« Reply #6 on: Sep 20, 2021, 06:58 PM »
walleye eyes work great.

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Re: Only perch eyes for bait?
« Reply #7 on: Sep 20, 2021, 07:55 PM »
What is the best way to preserve a few to try? I'm sure freezing is probably the way but simply as they are or submerged in water, or do they need to be frozen is some sort of weak preservative solution, like a low salt mix? I do keep some perch now and again and could put a few eyes away to try, once dead of course.

I did find a few mentions of other fish eyes, like bluegill and crappie, seems some have had no luck, some have had a bit of luck but perch eyes get the most attention.
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Re: Only perch eyes for bait?
« Reply #8 on: Sep 21, 2021, 07:37 AM »
What is the best way to preserve a few to try? I'm sure freezing is probably the way but simply as they are or submerged in water, or do they need to be frozen is some sort of weak preservative solution, like a low salt mix? I do keep some perch now and again and could put a few eyes away to try, once dead of course.

I did find a few mentions of other fish eyes, like bluegill and crappie, seems some have had no luck, some have had a bit of luck but perch eyes get the most attention.

I've never tried it on fish eyes but maybe sodium benzoate would work - trapper's use it to preserve meats/lures.  Maybe Fire Brine or borax would work, also.

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Re: Only perch eyes for bait?
« Reply #9 on: Sep 21, 2021, 12:57 PM »
We have a 1.25 acre private pond and I routinely catch bullhead, crappie, bluegill and bass using nothing but bluegill eyes. We ice fish to thin out species so as a fish goes on the ice, an eye gets popped out and placed on a jig. Eyes will outfish waxies and minnows on my pond every time - the nice part is they stay on the hook very well and can be used over and over.


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Re: Only perch eyes for bait?
« Reply #10 on: Sep 21, 2021, 12:59 PM »
What is the best way to preserve a few to try? I'm sure freezing is probably the way but simply as they are or submerged in water, or do they need to be frozen is some sort of weak preservative solution, like a low salt mix? I do keep some perch now and again and could put a few eyes away to try, once dead of course.

I did find a few mentions of other fish eyes, like bluegill and crappie, seems some have had no luck, some have had a bit of luck but perch eyes get the most attention.

I put mine I a pill bottle with a little bit of vegetable oil and put I the bait fridge
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Re: Only perch eyes for bait?
« Reply #11 on: Sep 21, 2021, 01:37 PM »
I bet you could salt them, toughen them up even more and freeze them with zero issues.

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Re: Only perch eyes for bait?
« Reply #12 on: Sep 21, 2021, 01:45 PM »
I put mine I a pill bottle with a little bit of vegetable oil and put I the bait fridge
That works , its not like you need very many to get started
 

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Re: Only perch eyes for bait?
« Reply #13 on: Sep 21, 2021, 02:16 PM »
That works , its not like you need very many to get started

I save the eyes from the biggest 3 fish will have more as soon as ya catch a couple fresher 2
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Re: Only perch eyes for bait?
« Reply #14 on: Sep 21, 2021, 07:23 PM »
Pill bottle is a great idea; I wonder how long they'll last in the oil bath and 'fridge? I have a pond nearby that I should be able to get some late season open water perch and bluegill from pretty easily if "eyes in oil" have a short shelf life in the fridge.
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Re: Only perch eyes for bait?
« Reply #15 on: Sep 21, 2021, 09:50 PM »
Pill bottle is a great idea; I wonder how long they'll last in the oil bath and 'fridge? I have a pond nearby that I should be able to get some late season open water perch and bluegill from pretty easily if "eyes in oil" have a short shelf life in the fridge.

They last a good couple weeks in the fridge and oil but usually use them the following week then repeat the process. I'm just a weekend warrior all winter usually fishing both days when I can
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Re: Only perch eyes for bait?
« Reply #16 on: Sep 21, 2021, 09:57 PM »
I mainly target perch in the Winter and use perch eyes all the time.  At the start of the season I buy one pack of mousies to get started and then switch over to perch eyes and never buy bait for perch the rest of the Winter.  I just keep a few perch eyes from the fish I catch and use them the next time out.  I freeze them in a small amount of water.  I only use the saved perch eyes to catch the 1st perch the next time because my buddy and I have experimented with saved perch eyes frozen in the freezer vs. fresh perch eyes from a fish caught that day.  Fishing side by side the fresh perch eyes will out catch the frozen ones.  So only keep a couple to get started.

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Re: Only perch eyes for bait?
« Reply #17 on: Sep 22, 2021, 04:34 AM »

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Olive oil is a natural preservative that prevents spoilage by isolating the food from air, providing a seal that can delay oxidation, deterioration and molding.Sep 1, 2010
 

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Re: Only perch eyes for bait?
« Reply #18 on: Sep 22, 2021, 05:04 AM »
Great info, thanks folks!
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Re: Only perch eyes for bait?
« Reply #19 on: Sep 22, 2021, 05:14 AM »
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Olive oil is a natural preservative that prevents spoilage by isolating the food from air, providing a seal that can delay oxidation, deterioration and molding.Sep 1, 2010


Yes Fred is right here I meant olive oil not vegetable oil..however in a pinch vegetable oil or Canola oil will work
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