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#10773886 - 04/16/15 09:32 PM Forest tent caterpillars, good bait or not.
allhookedup Offline
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Registered: 11/07/07
Posts: 161
Right now these caterpillars hatching and are everywhere. I was curious to know if anyone has had success with using them as bait.

Thanks for your input.

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#10773903 - 04/16/15 09:36 PM Re: Forest tent caterpillars, good bait or not. [Re: allhookedup]
HeavyLead Offline
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Registered: 01/18/14
Posts: 890
Loc: Rowlett, Texas
Those things freak me out, man!

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#10773952 - 04/16/15 09:55 PM Re: Forest tent caterpillars, good bait or not. [Re: allhookedup]
allhookedup Offline
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Registered: 11/07/07
Posts: 161
Yes me too, but after getting rid of the ones in my yard I still see them everywhere else. Then I begin to wonder if they might serve a purpose as fish bait, so I thought hey ask the fishing Gurus.

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#10774109 - 04/16/15 11:44 PM Re: Forest tent caterpillars, good bait or not. [Re: allhookedup]
standalone Offline
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Registered: 12/06/09
Posts: 462
Loc: South of Oklahoma - North of M...
Panfish will eat'em up!

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#10775599 - 04/17/15 03:06 PM Re: Forest tent caterpillars, good bait or not. [Re: allhookedup]
allhookedup Offline
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Registered: 11/07/07
Posts: 161
Well I am going to try some out today and see how it goes.

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#10775625 - 04/17/15 03:16 PM Re: Forest tent caterpillars, good bait or not. [Re: allhookedup]
Whitebassangler98 Offline
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Registered: 04/16/15
Posts: 31
Hi, I'm new to the forum, but these are great for panfish!!! Took my cousin out the other day and caught tons of them, did catch and release.

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#10775649 - 04/17/15 03:32 PM Re: Forest tent caterpillars, good bait or not. [Re: allhookedup]
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Match the hatch! Those will make excellent Crappie and Sunfish bait. hooked





Side Note: Make sure what ever you use they don't bite or have stingers! nuts
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#10775654 - 04/17/15 03:37 PM Re: Forest tent caterpillars, good bait or not. [Re: allhookedup]
atsimo Offline
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Registered: 03/11/15
Posts: 147
Loc: Ray Hubbard
I thought the same thing. Panfish should love them.

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#10775840 - 04/17/15 04:52 PM Re: Forest tent caterpillars, good bait or not. [Re: allhookedup]
Aquiles Offline
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Registered: 04/24/11
Posts: 1233
Loc: Texas, Dallas
I can tell you for a fact that the gills love them , I was fishing last week and I must have been standing under a nest I happen to glnce down and see five crawing on my shirt and more on my pants ! After doing a heeby jeebe dance I knocked them off me into the creek , next thing I knew it was a feeding frenzy the gills were just slurping them down I quickly but on a small beetle spin with as close a color as I could find and the bite was on !

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#10776176 - 04/17/15 07:46 PM Re: Forest tent caterpillars, good bait or not. [Re: Aquiles]
ckcrew Offline
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Registered: 04/11/05
Posts: 281
Loc: plano
i was standing under a tree where these catepillars were falling off of and into a pond every few seconds. it was a matter of seconds before the bluegills were picking them off the surface of the water. i stopped fishing for a while to enjoy the show.

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#10777346 - 04/18/15 12:34 PM Re: Forest tent caterpillars, good bait or not. [Re: allhookedup]
iluvfishin Online   content
Extreme Angler

Registered: 10/11/07
Posts: 2105
Loc: Dallas!
Same thing happened to me yesterday! I got rained on by caterpillars and ran out the creek like a little girl. Good thing nobody was around to see and hear me lol

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#10777985 - 04/18/15 07:16 PM Re: Forest tent caterpillars, good bait or not. [Re: allhookedup]
zulo Offline
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Registered: 03/19/11
Posts: 132
roflmao

It will work for catfish..

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#10779072 - 04/19/15 12:10 PM Re: Forest tent caterpillars, good bait or not. [Re: allhookedup]
allhookedup Offline
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Registered: 11/07/07
Posts: 161
Did not make it out,but thanks for all the input guys. It's good to know that they are good for something.

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