Wire fish basket vs stringer

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  1. Catfishbigw

    Catfishbigw Member

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    Do y'all prefer to keep your catch in a wire fish basket like 20200909_203415_1599701656591.jpeg this or a stringer?
     
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  2. jsickle

    jsickle Member

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    Basket, always hope for one that is to big.LOL
     
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  3. WildBillVMI

    WildBillVMI Member

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    I use both. The basket is great unless you have strong current. I always end up catching a lot of river trash in mine!
     
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  4. Flat Top

    Flat Top Well-Known Member

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    Go to IKEA and get a large mesh laundry basket...about 8 bucks last time I checked. I have used mine for 4 years and it is still in great shape...they are tough....they are round, and have a lid that Velcros shut....they also collapse into a pancake for easy storage. I just tie a line to one handle and set it in the water. Keeps the catch alive and frisky and can be used on the bank or in a boat.. When done just wash it with a garden hose, collapse it and store it away.
     
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  5. truckgrandpa

    truckgrandpa Member

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    I have both.
    I did use zip ties to fasten a pool noodle around the top of my basket so it will float.
    And I have a problem with the stringer I bought at Walmart. The bloody thing is 15’ long. I’m going to shorten it ( probably cut off at least 5 or 6 feet)
     
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  6. twaskom

    twaskom Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

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    A stringer too long is much better than a stringer too short.
     
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  7. Jbuck

    Jbuck Well-Known Member

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    I don't like stringers but there have been times I couldn't get a basket in water deep enough to keep it from collapsing from the bank. Fishing from a boat for pan fish a basket is what I like best.
     
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  8. twaskom

    twaskom Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

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    I have found out that if you catch some bluegill to use as bait, and keep it in your pond overnight until you can go fishing, the turtles will bend the crap out of your wire basket. It will not look anything like it did when you started.
     
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  9. truckgrandpa

    truckgrandpa Member

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    So true.
    But, the only choices I have found- 6’ or 15’.
    Six foot stringer, when fishing from a dock with a fence- too short. Bank fishing with a 15 footer, WAY too long.

    Hmm, nothing is ever perfect. :)
     
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  10. bowhunter63

    bowhunter63 Well-Known Member

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    I like a basket keeps them alive better and screws the turtles making a meal of them
     
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  11. R. D. Hilton

    R. D. Hilton Well-Known Member

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    For over night in a river or lake we used a washer tube plug the bottom with a board.
     
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  12. twaskom

    twaskom Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

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    That would work R.D. I have a heavy wire cage that I should have used but I was in a hurry so I just took the basket off the boat and tied it to the dock. Turtles mangled it up pretty good. Didn't break the wire or get in but the basket will never look the same.
     
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  13. Don Fischer

    Don Fischer Well-Known Member

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    Never fished for ct's out of my boat but use a long 1/4" rope for a stringer. Made one end stiff with epoxy nd a look in the other end. Get a fish I cut a hole under the jaw for the stringer Have used my boat mostly for crappie and keep a decent size cooler in there with a couple bags of ice. When I do go for cats in the boat I'll use the same cooler and ice.
     
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