Keeping bait alive.

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Keeping bait alive.

Post by SimonV » Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:38 am

A few weeks ago i brought some White Rag. It came in a sealed bag with water in. I got them on a Fri morning ready to use on a Sat eve but when i got there they had all died. My question is, whats the best way to keep them alive, as ive just ordered some more for a Fri delivery and Sat fish?



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Post by flattiefanatic » Wed Jan 18, 2012 12:01 pm

Get a cat litter tray with some sea water in. Just enough to cover them slightly. Then keep them refrigerated, should last a week ;)

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Post by eccles » Wed Jan 18, 2012 12:19 pm

Well they should not have been sealed IMO Simon - they would have died from lack of oxygen......

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Post by SimonV » Wed Jan 18, 2012 12:37 pm

Brilliant guys.
Cheers for that.

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Post by Ilurvmatthayes » Wed Jan 18, 2012 1:55 pm

White rag can live for months in a fridge if kept at a constant temp and you look after them changing the water regularly, removing any dead worms- they shouldn't really die overnight- though as FF says they should have been transferred to something like cat litter trays in the fridge

Where did you buy them from out of interest? a tackle shop or bait digger? you dont often see white rag for sale

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Post by SimonV » Wed Jan 18, 2012 2:11 pm

I will make sure i do that this time. The missus will prob kill me when she opens the fridge though haha
I got them from Online Baits uk.

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Post by Ilurvmatthayes » Wed Jan 18, 2012 2:34 pm

Thanks for that- I'd seen them for sale at that site before but they were out of stock when I tried getting some [/b]

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Post by wannacatch1 » Wed Jan 18, 2012 2:47 pm

flattiefanatic wrote:Get a cat litter tray with some sea water in. Just enough to cover them slightly. Then keep them refrigerated, should last a week ;)
I would use on line baits a lot more but being 40/45 mins from the beach its not possible.My missus has a marine tank if I cooled the water would the salinaty be the same to keep worm alive for a while ? (call me mad I dont mind lol) :D


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Post by flattiefanatic » Wed Jan 18, 2012 2:54 pm

The salt mix in a marine tank might be too rich for white rag. Hard to get the right mix that the sea will have to offer :(

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Post by royboy » Wed Jan 18, 2012 4:41 pm

i keep my worms alive between 4 to 8 weeks and the water in my fridge is as old as the worms and its still good

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Post by Ilurvmatthayes » Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:38 pm

royboy wrote:i keep my worms alive between 4 to 8 weeks and the water in my fridge is as old as the worms and its still good
depends how many whites you've got- I've got three fridges full with 20 odd in each tray - the effort I've gone to in getting them means i want to keep them alive longer than 4-8 weeks Though you're lucky keeping them all alive in that time without changing the water- didn't any of your whites purge a bit turning the water brown?

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Re: Keeping bait alive.

Post by Phillb » Fri Jul 20, 2018 5:38 pm

Hi guys
Can you keep normal rag the same way after you have purchased from the tackle shop.

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Re: Keeping bait alive.

Post by eccles » Fri Jul 20, 2018 5:49 pm

Well, the tackle shops keep them alive in fridges so why shouldn't you? But, probably best to check them every couple of days and chuck out any dead before they contaminate the others.

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Re: Keeping bait alive.

Post by mrix » Sun Jul 22, 2018 10:14 am

Phillb wrote:
Fri Jul 20, 2018 5:38 pm
Hi guys
Can you keep normal rag the same way after you have purchased from the tackle shop.

Cheers
Phil

I always used to keep my ragworm in the fridge wrapped in paper and in a large sealed plastic box, only for around 24 to 48 hours maximum, always make sure you remove any damaged / dead worms.

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Re: Keeping bait alive.

Post by eccles » Sun Jul 22, 2018 11:54 am

I don't approve of sealing them in - they may well run out of oxygen. My old tackle shop kept them on open trays.

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