Nasty stuff in my freezer

Discussion in 'Homemade baits' started by Big Nick, Sep 29, 2005.

  1. Big Nick

    Big Nick New Member

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    For some reason my girlfriend started to save all the bacon greese, beef greese, beef fat, chicken fat, pork fat, so on and so forth. She's been adding it all together in our freezer and then putting the lid back on it and re-freezing it every time. She said she does this cause that is the stuff that makes your trash can smell bad. We live in an apartment so I can't argue too much. Anyhow when I discovered this nasty concoction I immediatly thought about chum, or bait. She wanted me to throw it out, but now I kinda like the idea, and have started to think things up on how to use it to my benefit.

    As of right now it probably wieghs 3lbs or so and is full of all the things I listed before.

    Does anyone out there have a good idea how to use this for either bait or chum? I have some ideas myself, but I am looking for more.

    Also, this might be a good idea for some of ya'll to start doing. It keeps the trash can from smelling and I'm sure it will work for something!
     
  2. vacatfish

    vacatfish New Member

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    Use cheese as a base for it. blend in one or 2 parts of pork and bacon grease play around on your mixes withit bacon grease is good for catfishing.
     

  3. Big Nick

    Big Nick New Member

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    I can't seperate them at this time. They are all in the same container. But the cheese idea sounds pretty good.
     
  4. cook

    cook New Member

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    Hell man,just toss it in the dumpster behind 7-11,
    Whats the big deal??
     
  5. Big Nick

    Big Nick New Member

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    Heck Cook, I thought it was a pretty good idea to hang on to it to use it for some chum or something.
     
  6. elphaba7

    elphaba7 New Member

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    Nick, I freeze stinky stuff too, and then throw it in the bag the morning of garbage day. Smart girl ya got there :wub:

    Anyway, I would follow Randy's advice, just experiment using the grease for different things.
     
  7. elshale

    elshale New Member

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    go for it I bet it works.
     
  8. jtrew

    jtrew New Member

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    I believe that it's worth giving almost any bait, chum, or technique a try, so I would definitely give what you've already got a try. However, for future use, you might want to consider keeping the greases, along with scraps, in separate containers so you can test each type alone. I've had some success using bacon and salt pork for bait, so I would think that cats would be attracted to bacon grease. Thinking this, I mixed 2 cups of bacon grease with 4 bars of Ivory soap on the theory that cats are attracted by the grease in the soap. I've only baited with that modified soap one time, on a few jugs I set out overnight; no fish, but I didn't catch much of anything on other baits either. More testing seems to be necessary.
    I realize that for people living in an apartment, lots of thing aren't possible because you're living in a crowd. But another method of preparing chum is to grind up leftover fish scraps, leftover baitfish, and any other trash fish you happen to get, then freeze the ground-up fish in blocks. You can either freeze some rocks in with the chum, or simply tie on a rock to make sure it sinks to the bottom. It may take some looking, but you should be able to pick up a food grinder at a yard sale or thrift store pretty cheap, then rig up a method of using it at the water's edge.
     
  9. LilRyjoe04

    LilRyjoe04 New Member

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    Hey Nick. If it works tell us. ;) I would be up for new ideas and tips on chumming. I have never tried it before, but if it works I'm gonna do it!! :D Good Luck and report back with results! Thanks
     
  10. Big Nick

    Big Nick New Member

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    Well, I tried it out this weekend. Here is how I used it.

    It was frozen in one big block so I chopped it into pieces small enough to put it into a small bucket that I chum with. I put it in the bucket and sank it down to the bottom of the marina. We were docked in a houseboat all day I so Just tied it off to the front of the boat and sank it. We went inside for a while and sat around, then tried our luck in front of the boat where I had lowered the nasty stuff. I'm not sure if it was the chum, or something else, but we ended up catching 23 fish between the two of us in about an hour and a half. Biggest was about 7lbs smallest >1lbs. When we left I pulled the chum bucket up and saw that it was still mostly full so I left it there. I'm going back out the marina tonight to see if it works again. For this time of year, and in that location we had a pretty good day of fishing. I'm not positive it was the chum, but it sure didn't hurt anything. I think I'll start freezing all this stuff from now on. It can't hurt right!

    FYI we were using liver and cut shad to fish with. Liver worked the best
     
  11. TDawgNOk

    TDawgNOk Gathering Monitor (Instigator)

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    Big Nick,

    Since you are chummin with grease, I might suggest that you try using bacon as a bait too. Or, take some of that grease that you are chumming with, thaw it and coat your chicken livers in it. If that is what the fish are attracted to, the chum that is, if they have something to bite that smells like what brought them a running, they will probably take a chomp.

    Just my theory anyway
     
  12. Big Nick

    Big Nick New Member

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    It makes sense to me, but it was a lot more than just bacon grease.
     
  13. TIM HAGAN

    TIM HAGAN New Member

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    Bait Your Fishing Hole With It Drill Some Small Holes In It And Sink It In Your Fishing Hole. I Saw A Older Guy Doing That With Can Dog Food In A Lake And He Would Catch Catfish In That Hole For Days. It Lets The Smell In Thw Water And The Fish Will Hang Around. Try It If It Done Work You Not Losing Anything But Trash.
     
  14. bud1110

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    I tend to agree with jtrew on the mixing the grease with the soap, only I use Zote soap as it seems to work better for me...Don't add too much grease if you want it to harden back up..
     
  15. jtrew

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    Bud's right. The amount of grease I added left the soap just soft enough to mold around a treble hook, which is what I wanted. If you want it to harden back up enough to go on a single hook, I'd say to cut the amount of grease in half.
     
  16. Big Nick

    Big Nick New Member

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    How do you guys think beef greese would work? After I make ground beef for spegetti or whatever I always have a bunch of greese left over. Do you think it would work with the soap? Also, do most of you use soap on trot/limb/jug lines, or do you use them on pole?

    We went out again last night and did decent. The bucket that I use is only about a 2gallon bucket, and I have drilled about 80 holes the size of a peanut it it. When I got there we pulled up the bucket and it was mostly empty, except a little bit of beef fat that was still in there. We fished the spot for about 2hrs and caught a few. I think we caught about 15 give or take a couple.

    I've yet to try the soap thing, but I am thinking about trying it out. Is there a recipe for doing it on this site?
     
  17. bud1110

    bud1110 New Member

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    Nick,

    Personally all I use is Zote soap on my trot lines. I have very good luck with it in the lake I fish in. It may, or may not, do well in your waters. You would just have to try it out to see.

    Zote soap is high in animal fat which is greasy, Hence, leaving an oily film which attracts Catfish to it. I like Zote soap as it is softer than Ivory, and the hook goes thru it easier without breaking the soap chunks.

    Some Folks like to use Ivory, and it works good too, just a little harder to use. I believe some Folks that use it, drill a small hole in it before trying to put the hook in it, this keeps it from breaking.

    Either way you need to be aware that soap is whats called a slow bite bait. This is why it's not good to use on a rod and reel. Running your trot lines every two to three hours using this bait works out great for me.

    I have, like Jtrew said, mixed bacon grease and garlic powder in with my soap after I melted the soap down. Then put it back into a container and wait for it to harden back up. Garlic is a very good attractant for catching Catfish also.

    Don't be afraid to try out new things, and yes, I'm sure the grease off your hamburger would work also. I just prefer bacon grease myself.

    I don't think the library has been opened up here yet, but I do believe they are working on getting things transfered over to this new site.

    If you have any questions, feel free to ask, as someone here knows the answer.. Good luck..
     
  18. jtrew

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    One thing that I tried that worked very well was to get some loofa, cut it into chunks, and soak them in the melted soap/grease mixture. Once the pieces had soaked up all the soap possible, I pulled them out and let them dry on a piece of foil. Store in a ziploc bag or other waterproof container. I don't really know how long one of these soap-soaked pieces of loofa will last before you need to change it, but I had several pieces on some anchored juglines overnight, and the next morning the baits were still in excellent shape.
     
  19. Big Nick

    Big Nick New Member

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    Hey JTrew, that might not be a good thing if all your loofas were in good shape. It seems to me that it might mean your loofa isn't working too well. Thats hilarious, using loofas for fishing. We now have a panty hose bait, and a loofa bait. Before too long we'll have a G-string bait. :eek: LOLOLOLOLOL

    I probably shouldn't have said that!
     
  20. jtrew

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    Hey, it just seemed logical to me, since both soap and loofa are used in taking a bath. There are so many little crevices in the loofa that once you get any soft or squishy bait worked into it, it's almost impossible to get it all out. And the loofa is plenty strong enough to stay on a single hook without any need of string or whatever.