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#142752 - 04/13/23 01:54 AM In Search of Fish meal - updated
Teacher Offline
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Iím still looking. Every place that says they have it, has fish BONE meal. I want pure fish meal.

Iíve checked flower (plant) stores, nurseries, hardware stores, Fleet Farm, the Tractor Supply Store which usually has what I want. I suppose I could get pelletized fish food and crush my own but I donít want 40-50 pound bags of it. Seriously, all I want is 5-10 pounds of fish meal. If anyone has some or knows who is selling it, Iíd appreciate the knowledge!


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#142753 - 04/13/23 02:07 AM Re: In Search of Fish meal [Re: Teacher]
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Registered: 01/17/15
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Try your local feed mill or co op
Guessing you'll have to buy a 50 lb bag


Edited by Utterback (04/13/23 02:08 AM)
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#142754 - 04/13/23 02:17 AM Re: In Search of Fish meal [Re: Teacher]
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Local feed mills donít have it. Will check out co-ops. Thanks for the tip

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#142755 - 04/13/23 02:19 AM Re: In Search of Fish meal [Re: Teacher]
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Registered: 09/06/17
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Try Ebay, there is several different sellers that have it listed.

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#142757 - 04/13/23 03:09 AM Re: In Search of Fish meal [Re: Teacher]
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Wow. I just ordered it from EBay. Iím impressed that they even had it.

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#142759 - 04/13/23 03:23 AM Re: In Search of Fish meal [Re: Teacher]
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Amazon has it too. Glad you found what you need.

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#143030 - 04/18/23 09:00 PM Fish meal update
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I tried to enter a comment but the site wonít let me. But it will let me start a new topic. So Iíll update my comments here.

The EBay fish meal arrived. I canít fault EBay, but the product is lean on pure fish meal and heavy on crushed fish bones. There is NO fish odor, which is the quality gardeners want. This is not what I wanted but will live with it for now. Rennoís lures and baits out of Mifflinton (sp?) Pennsylvania has a much better product. His catalog arrived just after I ordered from EBay. I know for a fact Leroy Rennoís product is better because Iíve had it before. Lesson learned: wait for the good stuff!

This summer Iíll experiment a bit with different fish meal bait recipes. Fishing is fun but a fish meal paste, smeared on a stick/corncob on a fish stick is easier in my mind than grinding fish or having enough heads to put on fish sticks. It should be legal without having to cover it with grass or a coffee filter too. Smeared on a bridge abutment or wood piling would be fine during season. As the weather gets colder, a little glycerine would help keep it from freezing.

My basic recipe is fish meal, fish oil and something sweet. Set in a muddy puddle should show the tracks if anything is interested. If the test stick is gone with minimal tracks, Iíll also take that as a sign of interest. Fake deep and narrow pocket sets baited with this mixture should get wallowed out.

As far as getting cheap, easy to obtain fish based bait, itís hard to beat Jack Mack. A 16-oz can is about $4 and itís usable right from the store. Eight cans is $32 and itís hard to find a prepared fish bait thatís any cheaper.

This summer is going to be interesting. I may end up a total failure with my testing. Or not. Time and sample baits will tell.

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#143033 - 04/18/23 09:40 PM Re: Fish meal update [Re: Teacher]
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Registered: 09/06/17
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My apologies for suggesting Ebay, I didnít know that it was mostly bones.

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#143054 - 04/19/23 02:10 AM Re: Fish meal update [Re: Teacher]
Tim Anderson Offline
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Registered: 04/10/18
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Loc: Iowa. Boone County
I used to use corn cobs with reds bait.Drill out the center push it on a willow stick that's dried over the summer. Great lure/bait holder

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#143056 - 04/19/23 02:27 AM Re: Fish meal update [Re: Teacher]
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Iíve bought it from OíGormanís for years

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#143068 - 04/19/23 10:38 AM Re: Fish meal update [Re: Teacher]
Keg Creek Offline
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I have sold it for years and still do.

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#143108 - 04/19/23 09:57 PM Re: Fish meal update [Re: Tim Anderson]
lefty Offline
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Registered: 09/19/19
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Originally Posted By: Tim Anderson
I used to use corn cobs with reds bait.Drill out the center push it on a willow stick that's dried over the summer. Great lure/bait holder
have done the same thing here to for years with corn cobs.


Edited by lefty (04/19/23 09:58 PM)

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#143126 - 04/20/23 12:54 AM Re: Fish meal update [Re: Teacher]
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Registered: 08/16/14
Posts: 2599
Loc: Boone County, Iowa
Originally Posted By: Teacher
I tried to enter a comment but the site wonít let me. But it will let me start a new topic. So Iíll update my comments here.

The EBay fish meal arrived. I canít fault EBay, but the product is lean on pure fish meal and heavy on crushed fish bones. There is NO fish odor, which is the quality gardeners want. This is not what I wanted but will live with it for now. Rennoís lures and baits out of Mifflinton (sp?) Pennsylvania has a much better product. His catalog arrived just after I ordered from EBay. I know for a fact Leroy Rennoís product is better because Iíve had it before. Lesson learned: wait for the good stuff!

This summer Iíll experiment a bit with different fish meal bait recipes. Fishing is fun but a fish meal paste, smeared on a stick/corncob on a fish stick is easier in my mind than grinding fish or having enough heads to put on fish sticks. It should be legal without having to cover it with grass or a coffee filter too. Smeared on a bridge abutment or wood piling would be fine during season. As the weather gets colder, a little glycerine would help keep it from freezing.

My basic recipe is fish meal, fish oil and something sweet. Set in a muddy puddle should show the tracks if anything is interested. If the test stick is gone with minimal tracks, Iíll also take that as a sign of interest. Fake deep and narrow pocket sets baited with this mixture should get wallowed out.

As far as getting cheap, easy to obtain fish based bait, itís hard to beat Jack Mack. A 16-oz can is about $4 and itís usable right from the store. Eight cans is $32 and itís hard to find a prepared fish bait thatís any cheaper.

This summer is going to be interesting. I may end up a total failure with my testing. Or not. Time and sample baits will tell.


Please keep us updated on your findings, Teacher.

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#143306 - 04/22/23 10:48 PM Re: Fish meal update [Re: Teacher]
Keg Creek Offline
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Registered: 08/11/14
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Loc: Ia.
There are 2 kinds of fish meal.

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#143311 - 04/23/23 12:18 AM Re: Fish meal update [Re: Teacher]
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Registered: 02/20/15
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Loc: Rochester
I found out not all fish meal is what I thought I was getting, real fast. Iíll have to order from Keg Creek next time. Or Rennoís. Iíll use what I bought but Iíll research it better next time.

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#143323 - 04/23/23 11:38 AM Re: Fish meal update [Re: Teacher]
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Fish Meal is all that the Coyote chum was the crazy a few years back. A big scam job again.

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