Live skipjack

Discussion in 'Catfishing Baits' started by catman529, Oct 19, 2006.

  1. catman529

    catman529 New Member

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    I read that it is impossible to keep skipjack alive. I was just curious to know whether anyone has kept one alive after catching it. I have never caught skipjack but I am planning on trying soon.
     
  2. MRR

    MRR New Member

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    Don't know much about SkipJack but I do know it is almost imposible to keep shad alive for any length of time. Good luck on your fishing for Skipjack.Let us know how you do.
     

  3. SkiMax

    SkiMax Well-Known Member

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    Skipjack are impossible. Shad are 100 times easier than skipjack, they die in a matter of minutes. I have had one little skipjack in my bait tank (45 gallons) by himself and it lived about 3-4 minutes. I have got them to live for 20-25 minutes by keeping the water extremely cold, but it's not worth it. I simply throw mine in an empty bucket now, i don't even attept it.

    I don't know, but i doubt a live skipjack would be much better. those things are so fast and powerful i bet catfish rarely eat live skipjack, i just bet they can't catch them. I bet they all eat dead ones or ones injured by fish like stripers. So dead works fine, great actually!
     
  4. Big Sam

    Big Sam Well-Known Member

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    They are one fast fish:tounge_out: I don't know of any way to keep them alive..I have also put just 1 in the live well and aerator and it lasted about 20 minutes:crazy:
     
  5. SkiMax

    SkiMax Well-Known Member

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    oh they are a blast to catch, especially when you get a couple nice ones on at once, it's sometimes as much fun or more fun than actually catfishing them
     
  6. ka_c4_boom

    ka_c4_boom New Member

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    i kept 2 dozen alive back in early summer for 3 hours , i have round 25 gallon tank thats only 18" tall what i did was put my bilge pump over in it with fresh water then added the skippies the pump made the water spin real fast inside the tank like a man made current the fish were actually swimming in place nose into the current flow .
     
  7. catfishbill33

    catfishbill33 New Member

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    they are a blast to catch.but the best way I can keep them is to Vacum-pack and then freeze them.
    But to keep them alive its almost impossible for any length of time.