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Fishbites in Freshwater #13842068 01/11/21 07:09 PM
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Forgive me if this is an old topic, it seems my searching skills are lacking.

I know that Fishbites are a saltwater bait, but I am curious if anyone has used them in a freshwater environment, and if they have had success? I ended up with a couple of packs of them over a trip to the Galveston area for a day drip. I am not sure when I will have another opportunity to make it back down there. Regardless, I wonder if I cut nibble size bits of them and put them on a hook would they catch sunfish and other. If so, then I could use them in place of live worms for my son and his friends when then want to do some summer bait and wait fishing between tossing rocks in the creeks around my neighborhood. I figured they might be okay as catfish bait; especially on jug-lines. Finally, I wonder how well they would do at Lake Texoma and the Denison dam spillway for stripers.

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Re: Fishbites in Freshwater [Re: zenmic] #13842171 01/11/21 08:24 PM
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In reference to catching stripers at Texoma, I wouldn't plan on catching any.
If it doesn't look like a lively or fresh cut shad, I don't think that the striped fish will go for it.


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Re: Fishbites in Freshwater [Re: zenmic] #13842337 01/11/21 10:02 PM
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Fishbites will work in freshwater. They come in different shapes and colors so that will effect your success. I have caught white bass and largemouth bass with while strips of fishbites. I just jerked them like a dying minnow. I would think they would work for trout, sunfish and crappie. That being said, I think you will do better with fresh or live bait. It is hard bo beat an earthworm or minnows in freshwater. roflmao

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Never used them in freshwater but have had a LOT of luck using them in saltwater.


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Re: Fishbites in Freshwater [Re: zenmic] #13842632 01/12/21 01:21 AM
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I too have used them in salt with good results and had leftovers when we returned home, used them on my home lake with success and agree with Osborne on technique


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Re: Fishbites in Freshwater [Re: zenmic] #13842927 01/12/21 05:24 AM
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I've used them cut into 1" pieces and placed one on a treble hook using punch bait.
Whether they worked or not I can't say for sure, but I have caught catfish using them.
Using the fishbites added to the hook along with the punch bait, you have something that smells with the scent of the punch bait still on the hook until you decide to reel it in and freshen it back up.
You could do the same if you baited your hook with any cut bait or cut shad. They may nibble off the shad but the fish bites are hard for them to pull off the hook.


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Thanks for the advice. It give me confidence to give them a try in freshwater. I figure sunfish will nibble just about anything, so little bits on a small hook under a bobber should work. If they do not work as raw bait on a hook, I guess I could use them as a bait keeper to keep the live bait on the hook a little longer. I wonder if it would improve the chances on jigs? I did not have any luck with just a jig or a jig with a live minnow the last time I was out at Denison dam.

Re: Fishbites in Freshwater [Re: zenmic] #13845713 01/14/21 12:40 PM
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Minnows don't work below Denison Dam, not even the huge ones you buy for $1.50 ea. I bought them several times for friends of mine and they never caught anything. But when the friends' wife asked the guide boats for shad they gladly gave her some and she caught stripers on live shad.

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keep your fish bites in the freezer and they will last forever and not turn brown or get gooey...
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