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« on: October 27, 2017, 06:18:45 PM »

Many moons ago ,as a kid in N.J., the bait used on handlines were a bunch of Killies threaded on a 5'' ring made of bailing wire..have not seen anyone post about using them...has anyone used them lately Huh
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« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2017, 06:29:46 PM »

First I ever heard of a Killie. So I looked it up and found this video of a Killie catching flounder.

Live Killie vs Flounder/Fluke - Underwater Fishing View! - YouTube
Video for killies as bait▶ 6:22

Jun 21, 2015 - Uploaded by John Skinner Fishing
An underwater view of how flounder react to a live killie on a plain hook. ... Revealing Flounder/Fluke Fishing ...
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« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2017, 10:04:59 PM »

For those not from NJ, killies are minnows. I remember using them on wire rings, when younger. They did catch crabs. Haven't used them for bait, in over 40 years. Might try them next year, in a few traps, just to see.
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« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2017, 12:41:23 AM »

They don't last as long as chicken or bunker, but they do catch
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« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2017, 10:30:32 AM »

They don't last as long as chicken or bunker, but they do catch

I would think the crabs would just cut them in half and leave with your bait. You would have to put them in a mesh bag or something. People use them as flounder bait all the time.
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« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2017, 01:47:25 PM »

I would think the crabs would just cut them in half and leave with your bait. You would have to put them in a mesh bag or something. People use them as flounder bait all the time.

the wire ran from the Killie's mouth to out it's tail..
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« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2017, 08:01:02 AM »

https://www.bluecrab.info/forum/index.php?topic=49861.0
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« Reply #7 on: October 29, 2017, 07:02:01 PM »

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« Reply #8 on: October 30, 2017, 06:03:43 AM »

The consensus in this thread and the previous (2015) one on killie rings that I viewed seems to be that killies make very good crab bait, but that they are high maintenance because the crabs tear them up in short order. I've seen posts in the past from members who use bait cages/boxes/bags for softer crab baits. Anyone care to speculate about the results from using killies in a bait cage in a trap or pot? How long would they last if protected from crab claws but unable to swim freely?
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« Reply #9 on: October 30, 2017, 07:49:52 AM »

They are pretty tough.  I have found minnow traps out of the water for who knows how long and the fish were still alive. My swag is that the crab would lose interest fast if it could not grab a hold of them.
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« Reply #10 on: October 31, 2017, 05:25:30 AM »

They are pretty tough.  I have found minnow traps out of the water for who knows how long and the fish were still alive. My swag is that the crab would lose interest fast if it could not grab a hold of them.
That would rule them out for topless, but not necessarily a hotel pot, assuming that the crab would be attracted enough to enter... Thanks for the insight about the crab "tasting" the bait as a factor. I'm guessing when bait is in a clam bag or such, the crab gets to squeeze the bag and that keeps it interested while it's landed?
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« Reply #11 on: November 01, 2017, 09:58:18 PM »

Hi, When I was a kid growing up in NJ I used to use killies wired together. The crabs loved them way too much; was forever rebaiting. Sort of like using moss bunker
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« Reply #12 on: November 02, 2017, 10:31:57 AM »

The last time I went crabbing, my son brought minnows for fishing. Not knowing better, he left them in the sun and a lot of them died. I grabbed the largest ones and threaded a zip tie through their gills and mouths until I had a half dozen on there. I put them in my traps and they were untouched after a couple of hours. The spot wasn't that great, but they did nothing for me.
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« Reply #13 on: November 02, 2017, 10:32:22 AM »

The last time I went crabbing, my son brought minnows for fishing. Not knowing better, he left them in the sun and a lot of them died. I grabbed the largest ones and threaded a zip tie through their gills and mouths until I had a half dozen on there. I put them in my traps and they were untouched after a couple of hours. The spot wasn't that great, but they did nothing for me.
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« Reply #14 on: November 02, 2017, 12:57:23 PM »

It is written about and photographed in the book  Catching Crabs By the Bushel 1970s by Jim Caposella  of NY. It is something that never became popular . It was primarily used for hand lining . I think it's too easy to get chicken necks these days.
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