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- Bobby Marlene
- Crucian Carp
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Mussels are feeble (you're right) and hardish to hook, but cockles are fine! There is a 'soft bit' also, and sometimes smaller fish will nibble that off, but in general they're very easy to fish with.Bobby Marlene wrote: ↑Thu Jun 08, 2017 4:32 pmooh, I did not know that. I had problems with other shellfish to hook it properly. So cockles next time. Thanks, Bobby
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Fresh or frozen cockles, never pickled, as the vinegar puts fish off .... The same for mussels, I actually prefer frozen, I remove from freezer when leaving and box. When using, I like them slightly frozen so I can cast a distance without the mussel disintegrating on the hook. The only thing I`ve found, is that if the cockle/mussel/prawn is new to the water, it may take a while to be accepted, unless you've pre baited.....
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I've done Ok with them, but I pour the liquid out, wash the contents a couple of time with lake water, then add a good dash of anchovy or fish sauce, refill with water and give them a good shake.
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A word of advice - if you do this, be sure to replace the top of the jar securely before you put the jar of 'refreshed' cockles into your bag along with all your other bait, in the heat of opening day... Don't ask, it wasn't a pretty sight (but it smelled rather nice, for a while)
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