I don't see how you would get them to stay on the hook.
If you want to buy small fish to use for bait why not buy some big live shiners? You can use them live or dead, whole or cut, and they catch fish.
why wouldn't they stay on the hook? they're whole fish in a can. and as for shiners, can't get em where i'm at.
They dont, trust me. I thought the same thing....stinky oily fish should be awesome. They are so soft they fall apart when you try to stick a hook in them. I suppose you could use some panty hose and put them on the hook that way, but that sounds like a pain (tried that route with other baits). If you cant buy shiners, go get you a minnow trap. Put a slice of bread in it and let it sit for a while in some shallow water (i catch most at the boat ramp). This is how i get most of my live bait. If you dont wanna go that route, you can always buy goldfish if legal to use in your state. Go to walmart or a pet store and buy some cheap "feeder" goldfish.
Ok, thanks guys for the feedback. I've never eaten those things, so I didn't realize they would be that mushy. I do have a minnow trap, and i've tried using the bread thing. Let it set next to the dock for hours, and didn't get a single fish in it, eventhough they were in the area. Ended up catching some with a cast net, but thats tough.