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Zman

Registered: 12/14/05
Posts: 142
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Hi guys,

I recently purchased some stone crab traps and I am looking for a place to buy pigs feet.  I went to my local publix and the guy looked at me like I was crazy.  Does anyone know of a good place I could purchase them?  I know they last a lot longer than fish heads and that is great because I only plan to pull once a week.

Thanks
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ElMortePescado

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Registered: 07/28/09
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Best bait for a stone crab trap is a smashed-up spider or blue crab.  Stone crabs eat otehr crabs.

As far as pig's feet are concerned, I really don't know.  I would suggest setting a few traps and trying to get some blue crabs and spider crabs.

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DBCooper

Registered: 04/01/08
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ANY LOCAL BUTCHER/MEAT MARKET WILL HAVE THEM.

GOOD LUCK,

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garypoyssick

Registered: 04/07/06
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A lot of the crabbers use shad. Frozen shad. And any junk they can find. But a butcher's market is a place to find pig's feet.

As a kid I ate ones that got cut off slaughtered pigs. And pickled Pig's feet, not Stone Crabs. We ate Crabs, too, but not pickled.

If you throw a net, watch for shad in the summer. Threadfin work too, but not as well as those smelly shad do. Shad flip their tails like little propellers (think of a helicopter hitting the water; what its blades would look like as they actually spun while touching the water). Those are shad -- they look WAY different than that rain that threadfin make. You can net them by the jillions at times -- warmer water than now (tarpon eat them like candy). And since they're Plankton eaters like threadfin, they won't come to chum but they'll take sabiki.

Freeze boxes of those Shad or Threadfin. Use those for crabs. Freebies. Just like the crabs Or buy them at Mastry's in Saint Pete on 4th Street South -- around 17th ave (or so).

It's a little late to do it now, but next spring when the baits start showing up again, think winter crabbing for 2011and start stockpiling baits. Crabbers -- even serious amateurs -- keep freezers for that specific purpose.

poyssick


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Registered: 12/08/05
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ANY LOCAL BUTCHER/MEAT MARKET WILL HAVE THEM.

GOOD LUCK,

DBCOOPER
 DBCooper is the only one that answered your question, and he is right. Hit the meat market.

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Tommyt

Registered: 12/11/05
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I see them at sweet bay markets a lot
go to tarpon docks all the commercial guys use them
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russ

Registered: 06/14/07
Posts: 456
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I think you can get the not for consumption ones for that!


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megalops

Registered: 10/17/08
Posts: 109
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The commercial bait houses have them...usually in 50# boxes

Zman

Registered: 12/14/05
Posts: 142
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Thanks for the tips guys.  It is appreciated.

pigfish

Registered: 01/09/06
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Save-a-lot usually have pigs feet at a reasonable cost.

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