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Offline Coachkwj

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Left over roaches and suckers
« on: Jan 19, 2019, 04:35 PM »
What is the best way to keep and sore left over roaches and suckers for using as dead bait. Hate to take then home and watch them slowly die, even in fish tank with air pump.
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Re: Left over roaches and suckers
« Reply #1 on: Jan 19, 2019, 05:12 PM »
Ok...what's a roach? I'm assuming it's not the bug type...or is it?
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Re: Left over roaches and suckers
« Reply #2 on: Jan 19, 2019, 05:56 PM »
in the freezer.

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Re: Left over roaches and suckers
« Reply #3 on: Jan 19, 2019, 07:29 PM »
Ok...what's a roach? I'm assuming it's not the bug type...or is it?

Essentially a golden shiner that gets huge. I’ve heard of them but had to google it.

If you plan on using them dead anyways just freeze them. Or pack them in salt.
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Re: Left over roaches and suckers
« Reply #4 on: Jan 19, 2019, 08:09 PM »
Ok...what's a roach? I'm assuming it's not the bug type...or is it?
You've probably used golden roaches but they were mistakenly called shiners. Shiners are thinner bodied minnows more commonly used as walleye bait.
Just throwing them in the freezer hasn't worked too well. They get freezer burn. Does anyone put some kind of solution in with them before freezing?
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Re: Left over roaches and suckers
« Reply #5 on: Jan 23, 2019, 05:46 PM »
You've probably used golden roaches but they were mistakenly called shiners. Shiners are thinner bodied minnows more commonly used as walleye bait.
Just throwing them in the freezer hasn't worked too well. They get freezer burn. Does anyone put some kind of solution in with them before freezing?

Common shiners and roaches are pretty hard to tell apart when they are young, except roaches will have the orange eyes and orange fins. Otherwise the body shape is almost identical. I think you are thinking of emerald shiners being thin minnows for walleye. Common and golden shiners are really commonly used pike baits across the US

I don't know much about freezing them, I just toss them in my bait tank in the garage and they stay alive for weeks if needed. I would imagine if you bring them inside they will die pretty quick. My bait tank is at 38-40 deg usually. Even a big cooler inside would work fine, just toss a shovelful of snow in every couple days.

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Re: Left over roaches and suckers
« Reply #6 on: Jan 23, 2019, 06:26 PM »
The roach is the end of the joint which cannot be smoked without a roach clip.

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Re: Left over roaches and suckers
« Reply #7 on: Jan 23, 2019, 06:29 PM »
Every bait shop in northern Ill. and southern Wisc. sells golden roaches. They range from 3 to 6-7 inches. If you can even find shiners they are about 1-2 inches. Most shops sell fatheads. Google shiner minnows and golden roaches. You will see the bodies are very different. You are correct that there are golden shiner minnows that are mainly found in the East. These are probably the ones they use for bass in Florida and could even be golden roaches mistakenly called shiners. I have actually caught golden roaches while fishing. I recall reading another thread were someone said the same thing. Caught a huge Pike on one I caught that was close to 8 inches long. The perfect bait. Just need to find a way to preserve them after use. I can't seem to keep them more than a week in an aquarium in my garage. It's heated though.
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Re: Left over roaches and suckers
« Reply #8 on: Jan 23, 2019, 11:34 PM »
Every bait shop in northern Ill. and southern Wisc. sells golden roaches. They range from 3 to 6-7 inches. If you can even find shiners they are about 1-2 inches. Most shops sell fatheads. Google shiner minnows and golden roaches. You will see the bodies are very different. You are correct that there are golden shiner minnows that are mainly found in the East. These are probably the ones they use for bass in Florida and could even be golden roaches mistakenly called shiners. I have actually caught golden roaches while fishing. I recall reading another thread were someone said the same thing. Caught a huge Pike on one I caught that was close to 8 inches long. The perfect bait. Just need to find a way to preserve them after use. I can't seem to keep them more than a week in an aquarium in my garage. It's heated though.

What? I've never in my life seen roaches for sale in IL, IA, WI, or MN. Just shiners. I catch golden and common shiners here and they are native to almost every state. Roaches are only in europe. In fact Roaches are not even legal bait in Wisconsin so i'm not sure how you think every shop sells them. They are a non native species. You 100% have them confused with golden shiners which are commonly sold and are native to all of the midwest and are all over the USA. Every shop around here that sells shiners sells golden shiners, but there are usually a common shiners mixed in with them. They are not the 1"  minnows you think they are, those are emerald shiners and are a totally different family of fish. 

If you want to do some research,
Roach Rutilus rutilus (europe and asia)
Common shiner Luxilus cornutus (all of USA)
Golden Shiner Notemigonus crysoleucas (all of USA)

As for keeping your fish alive, you are probably killing them with an ammonia spike. If they are in water warmer than 35-40 they pee, a lot.. pee is ammonia, ammonia kills the fish. You can have 50 aerators going but the ammonia is still going to kill them. You need a cycled bait tank or to keep them near freezing.

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Re: Left over roaches and suckers
« Reply #9 on: Jan 23, 2019, 11:38 PM »
You only need to read the first part really. But here is what the USFW says about roaches. https://www.fws.gov/injuriouswildlife/pdf_files/Rutilus_rutilus_WEB_9-18-2012.pdf

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Re: Left over roaches and suckers
« Reply #10 on: Jan 24, 2019, 06:11 PM »
https://www.trianglesports.biz/services.html
http://www.fishtechmg.com/
http://parkbaitshop.com/
3 baitshops local to me.
Check bait menus.
All sell roaches. None sell shiners.
As I said, in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin they are called roaches, thats all.
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Re: Left over roaches and suckers
« Reply #11 on: Jan 24, 2019, 07:01 PM »
Looks like you are looking at actual roaches, not golden roach minnows, which are a sought after sportfish in Europe.
Having become an avid carp angler I have seen alot of gear tailored towards roaches sold in European tackle shops.
Google roach fishing. Pretty popular across the pond.
https://www.anglingtimes.co.uk/advice/species/british-freshwater-fish/articles/Roach.
Plenty of videos also.
Whatever anyone chooses to call them, and it could be a local thing, golden roaches or shiners catch pike. Bass too!
Sounds like I need to keep them colder.
Never had any issues with my tropical fish but have tried keeping bluegill, perch, even tiny pike. Non of the non tropical fish last too long.
Thanks for the info. I'll try putting ice in the water regularly and see what happens.
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Re: Left over roaches and suckers
« Reply #12 on: Jan 24, 2019, 07:24 PM »
You know what it is.. your shops are relabeling golden shiners as "golden roaches". There is no such fish as a golden roach. That's where the confusion is coming in.

 



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