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Offline frozentoes

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Homemade coon bait recipes?
« on: November 24, 2003, 04:10:18 pm »
What are some good homemade baits a person can make using ordinary ingredients? I am laid off now for the winter and cash will be pretty tight for awhile. I have some frozen fish from this summer. I have heard of a recipe using syrup and a couple other things but cannot seem to find it anywhere. I am planning on getting the line back in by this weekend so want to get as much bait made as possible. Thanks. Mike


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« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2003, 05:27:32 pm »
My homade concoctions from stuff around the house are these two:
(1.) I use a lot of cheap sardines, canned mackeral, tuna, etc. that I buy during off-season at dollar stores for practically nothing. I always get the stuff packed in oil only, too. (I bet your frozen fish would work as a substitute here quite well) Then I dump several of the cans of fish into a large mixing bowl, add about a cup of salt (helps preserve a little, antifreeze, etc.), some honey, some strong limburgher cheeseb (or not...works fine with or without this smelly stuff...I mostly use it as a change up odor), then crack open 3 or 4 eggs and dump them in (no shells, just inside contents only), and 1/2 bottle of anise oil (this too can be omitted if you don't have it on hand). Mix it all up, let it stand at room temperature for a day or so, then jar up only what you can use in a few days on the line (use it fresh) and freeze or refridgerate the portion you don't use right away for later.
(2.) Not sure why this works, but had good luck with it at pocket sets last year...sort of a "school lunch" approach in my opinion. Only ingredients were Bananas, peanut butter, and grape jelly. Mixed it all up and used it fresh. Mice and squirrels worked the sets when I tried it on dryland coon sets, but the coons really liked it at pocket sets along the creek banks. I added anise oil scent when the weather turned cold and it still worke pretty well on coons. Caught 1 muskrat too at a pocket set baited with this but couldn't tell if it was the set or the scent that attracted it.
(3.) Bacon grease, honey, anise oil, and any fish chunks or pieces is also a pretty good coon combination for me.
I rarely buy any commercial coon baits anymore and use almost exclusively the above baits for them. I do buy commercial coon lure though and use it at some sets and not at others.
Hard to beat a good fox or bobcat gland lure for coons at dryland sets later in season, too.

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« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2003, 05:53:49 pm »
Jim-That is exactly what I was looking for!! I knew there was something with bacon grease and anise. This afternoon while milling around the kitchen I noticed my wife had a " catch pan" of grease on the counter. I then started looking in the cupboards for other ingredients to use. That is when I decided to come to the best info place on the net to get some good answers. I came to the right place. Can a person buy anise and other oils at the grocery store, or does it have to be orderd online from trappe suppliers? Thanks. Mike

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« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2003, 10:02:34 pm »
Just read Jim's post on recipies ...I need me a snack...peanut butter on graham crackers that should do ...later :grin:

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« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2003, 06:53:45 am »
toes;
  You can often buy anise at the grocery stores but if you don't find it there, try the local drug store.  They usually have it along with other oils.
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« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2003, 03:11:34 pm »
go behind a restaurant to their used grease container. It's free and quantity is not a problem. I fill up 1 gal. milk jugs.....coons love it.
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« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2003, 03:21:02 pm »
As Joe pointed out, one can get anise oil at the drug store, which is pure fragrant anise oil.  The stuff at the grocery store is just a weak extract,  The pure thing is worth the extra money.  Ace :grin:

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« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2004, 12:35:32 am »
Yup, very interesting makes me hungry too!
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« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2004, 06:01:36 pm »
I found some oil scents recently, highly concentrated stuff too, at a section in a hobby store. Small vials, and are used for making mints, cakes, etc. I bought the cherry scent, anise oil, and the mint. I got these last summer, and to date they are holding up very strongly in the lures I mixed up with them. The anise still has a potent, licorice odor to it. Much better than the weak stuff off the grocery store shelf.
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« Reply #9 on: October 25, 2004, 08:38:18 am »
I've been looking for Vanella oil in the trapping supply outfits, all to no avail.  Is there an oil or do ya'll luremakers use the Vanilla extract?

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