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#11691448 - 06/27/16 11:52 AM Minnows Dying
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Registered: 05/31/15
Posts: 69
Loc: Heart of Texas
I'm buying minnows and when I get to our fishing spot I put them in the water. They quickly start to die off. Is the water too warm for them?
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#11691449 - 06/27/16 11:53 AM Re: Minnows Dying [Re: HOTFishing]
Mo Offline
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Loc: Lake Palestine/Cherokee co
yes,

could be thermal shock if you are putting them in 90 degree water out of
70 degree water.
Mix the bait house water 50/50 with lake water for a few minutes
before putting them in lakewater..

Mo


Edited by Mo (06/27/16 11:55 AM)
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#11691520 - 06/27/16 12:23 PM Re: Minnows Dying [Re: HOTFishing]
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Buy one of these,..Marine Metal Products 5-Gallon Bucket Lid with Aerator at Academy, about $12.
put it on top of a 5 gal bucket,..works great.
I have one in my boat, keeps minnows alive for days. Keep the water freshened,
We usually get minnows in a plastic bag filled with oxygen. I fill the bucket about half full with
lake wated and put the closed bag in the water for 10-15 minutes, then put the bag water and the lake water together.
That and the Aerator will keep them alive a long time. When on the water I'll change the bucket water a couple times
in 8 hours of fishing,..works great..jim..

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#11691620 - 06/27/16 01:05 PM Re: Minnows Dying [Re: HOTFishing]
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#11691701 - 06/27/16 01:45 PM Re: Minnows Dying [Re: HOTFishing]
Slewfoot Offline
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Registered: 03/27/02
Posts: 2664
Loc: E Texas
Send TBox a PM! He can tell you how to keep them alive!! roflmao

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#11691702 - 06/27/16 01:45 PM Re: Minnows Dying [Re: HOTFishing]
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Registered: 12/20/10
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Loc: mckinney, tx
I would keep them in an aerorated plain 5 gallon bucket, fill the bucket with lake water and then set the Minnow bag in the bucket to let the temperatures acclimate. Since it's hot, you might drop a frozen bottle of lake water in there to cool them down. They should keep all day this way.
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#11691763 - 06/27/16 02:10 PM Re: Minnows Dying [Re: HOTFishing]
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Thermocline has set in on most lakes meaning oxygen is in the top 15 ft or less of water. If you're dropping those minnows down about 20+ ft, you may be going below the available oxygen. Minnows will die in about 10 minutes or less. There won't be any fish at that level either.
And what Mo said could be the problem also.
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#11692172 - 06/27/16 05:23 PM Re: Minnows Dying [Re: Jacob]
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Loc: Burleson, Texas
Originally Posted By: Jacob
Jigs man...jigs...

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#11692281 - 06/27/16 06:23 PM Re: Minnows Dying [Re: HOTFishing]
HOTFishing Offline
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Registered: 05/31/15
Posts: 69
Loc: Heart of Texas
My wife and daughter use the minnows the most. I will still use them though. I'll throw one line out with a minnow and work a road runner with another. I have an aerator and an old tin minnow bucket (my grandfathers, the kind you only see in antique shops or a Cracker Barrel wall). Batteries had died on me. I didn't even think about the shock. My wife has an aquarium and she does the something similar to what Jim Sr said when she buys new fish. We usually fish shallow, bank or dock fishing, so depth isn't our issue. I'm inclined to think it was the shock.

Since we usually bank or dock fish does anyone use jigs with a bobber? How would you work/present it? How often would you change jigs?

Thanks for all the help/advice.
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#11692768 - 06/27/16 10:00 PM Re: Minnows Dying [Re: HOTFishing]
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If they ain't biting on jigs, they ain't biting...

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#11692799 - 06/27/16 10:21 PM Re: Minnows Dying [Re: HOTFishing]
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Registered: 05/17/02
Posts: 1970
Loc: Teague/Lewisville, Texas
My jigs never die. roflmao
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#11693148 - 06/28/16 08:15 AM Re: Minnows Dying [Re: HOTFishing]
Team CrappieCat Offline
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Registered: 01/15/16
Posts: 34
Loc: Prosper Texas
Engall live bait boxes work great
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#11693255 - 06/28/16 08:59 AM Re: Minnows Dying [Re: HOTFishing]
lmbr Online   content
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Registered: 06/18/16
Posts: 90
Loc: Lindale, Texas
I've been told that a temp change of more than 10 degrees will kill them. We used to try to keep them alive by dropping ice in the water. Never worked. I'mean like the posts above, my jigs never die, I don'the need an aerated minnow bucket and when I'm done I put them back in the box for the next trip. hooked
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#11693256 - 06/28/16 09:01 AM Re: Minnows Dying [Re: HOTFishing]
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Registered: 06/18/16
Posts: 90
Loc: Lindale, Texas
I've been told that a temp change of more than 10 degrees will kill them. We used to try to keep them alive by dropping ice in the water. Never worked. I'mean like the posts above, my jigs never die, I don'the need an aerated minnow bucket and when I'm done I put them back in the box for the next trip. hooked
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#11693293 - 06/28/16 09:13 AM Re: Minnows Dying [Re: HOTFishing]
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Registered: 12/30/08
Posts: 4595
Loc: Desoto,Tx. Dallas county
Originally Posted By: HOTFishing
My wife and daughter use the minnows the most. I will still use them though. I'll throw one line out with a minnow and work a road runner with another. I have an aerator and an old tin minnow bucket (my grandfathers, the kind you only see in antique shops or a Cracker Barrel wall). Batteries had died on me. I didn't even think about the shock. My wife has an aquarium and she does the something similar to what Jim Sr said when she buys new fish. We usually fish shallow, bank or dock fishing, so depth isn't our issue. I'm inclined to think it was the shock.

Since we usually bank or dock fish does anyone use jigs with a bobber? How would you work/present it? How often would you change jigs?

Thanks for all the help/advice.
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