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Discussion in 'LOCAL NORTH CAROLINA TALK' started by todobiennc, Aug 5, 2008.
Anyone use mussels (clams) for bait? IF so, how do you use it.
Just crack 'em open and put the meat on a hook. Never impressed me as being a real good bait though.
This is straight out of the NC Wldlife Regulations Digest.
Taking Freshwater Mussels Freshwater mussels, including the Asiatic clam (Corbicula
fluminea), may only be taken from impounded waters, except
mussels shall not be taken in LakeWaccamaw and in University
Lake (Orange County).
The daily possession limit for freshwater mussels, including the
Asiatic clam (Corbicula fluminea), is 200.
you gotta let them mussels ripen in the sun before they are any good, or use floaters floaters are the best because they have been dead for couple days:0a17:
I've had both really good luck with them, and just mediocre.
14 years back one night I caught 3 mussels and it was the wildest fishing in the river I ever had on cats. Well at least a tie for best.
Last week my partner snagged a huge one, and we tried that for bait. Caught 2 small ones on it, then interest died off fast.
Could be they taste/smell different at different times of the year? Or the cats just might be finicky at times.
We used them a lot as kids and caught a lot of small channel cats on them. One good hit and they are gone. Most places sell them frozen.
I've caught a LOT of blues this year FULL of tiny mussels. I've also had them puke up mussels when netted. Obviously they are a great part of their diet. I too wondered how you could fish with them.
Bill in SC