I've been playing around with fiddler crabs for puppy drum bait and they love them. It's easy for me to get them on the ES but was wondering how I can keep a large # of them alive?
I saw at Wallace's where they stored them in zip-locks in the fridge and it put them in a hibernation state. Soon as they warm a little, they start kicking again.
Put em in a tub or old cooler with some news paper soaked in creek water and throw a little cat food in there.They will dig holes through the paper and stay alive for a long while.Key is to keep them out of the hot sun,somewhere shaded unless it is not real hot outside.They cant take the heat to well.I have kept them alive for over a month.
Keep them cool
pluck out the dead ones before and after work
news paper or egg crate works good for holding moisture for them to drink and climb on
and speaking of climbing, they are good at it, so choose the fiddler storage area carefully.
They also work decent when frozen, so don't be afraid to freeze them if your plans change and you know you won't be fishing for a while.
Danny nailed it. We keep in large tank inclined so there is a pool of water at one end. Refresh water periodically. Feed dry catfood. We have kept them like this 1+yr. H
For a one day trip I just kept them in a bucket with newspaper. They survived all night and into the next day when I used them for fishing. I did make the mistake of leaving them in the hot sun though. :(
Thanks for the tips everyone. I'll let you know how I make out.
feed them corn meal. mist them with creek water if hot.
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