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Old 05-24-2013, 02:04 PM
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For those of you who occasionally keep a fish or two for the pan, how do you keep them while fishing? On a boat it's simple enough to use a live well or a cooler, but what do you do when wading or shore fishing? Some sort of creel, a stringer, a mesh bag, a forked stick....?

I've tried just handing the fish to my wife and saying, "Here, honey, hang onto this one while I catch a few more." Ever been slapped with a bass?

So what do you use and how well does it work for you?
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Once in a while I will keep a few fish. If I am keeping fish, my fishing spot has to be relatively close to the car. I'm not going to tote around a stringer all day. In the past I have used a basket and have been happy with it. These days I very rarely keep fish, but when my goal is to keep them I will bring one of these.

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Old 05-24-2013, 03:03 PM
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I've used wire baskets like that when boat fishing, but never thought about it for wading.

For scuba diving, I often have a nylon mesh bag for lobsters and the like. I've been wondering how well that would work.
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I put them in the back pocket of my vest, wrapped in my bandana.

Trout vests used to come will zip-off mesh creels. You don't see that any more.
I'd avoid keeping my catch on a stringer while wading if I were you.......gators, snakes, sharks... all love an easy meal.
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Why wait and carry it around? I hear trout sushi is wonderful.
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Old 05-24-2013, 04:51 PM
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I put them in the back pocket of my vest, wrapped in my bandana.

Trout vests used to come will zip-off mesh creels. You don't see that any more.
I'd avoid keeping my catch on a stringer while wading if I were you.......gators, snakes, sharks... all love an easy meal.
Yep, I recall vests like being around when I was a kid. Of course, that wasn't too long after Wulff invented the vest in the first place. Sticking it in the back pocket would probably work okay for a bluegill or two, not so great with a couple of 3 lb bass.

Agree about a stringer. When I was about 15 or so, I got up early one morning at our family's lake place to go fishing. I took our little boat out to a good spot, and soon had 4 or 5 bluegill on a stringer. I was sitting in the back of the boat, happy as a kid can be, fishing and dangling my bare feet in the water.

Out of the corner of my eye, I caught some movement in the water next to the boat and leaned over to see what it was, thinking it was probably a bass. No, it was a sizeable water moccasin, with his mouth around one of the fish on my stringer, less than a snake-length away from my bare feet. I cut the stringer and let him have them. It didn't seem worth arguing over a few bluegill....

I haven't been a fan of stringers ever since.
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Around 40 years ago, when I was a kid,...my grandfather taught me to bring along a bread bag. We would gut our catch and place them into the bread bag along with wet weeds from streamside around the fish to keep them cool. I can still remember those days of fresh trout, spring onions, and branch lettuce!! Here's to the old ways......
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I put them in the back pocket of my vest, wrapped in my bandana.

Trout vests used to come will zip-off mesh creels. You don't see that any more.
I'd avoid keeping my catch on a stringer while wading if I were you.......gators, snakes, sharks... all love an easy meal.
You forgot snapping turtles.
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Actually the list is a lot longer than that from raccoons , bears, foxes, otters , comorants , ospreys , eagles and the list goes on . On foot wading with no cooler in the vest is the safest place.
Used to bury Stripers in the wet sand at Montauk then wade back out. Stinks when you turn around and a Red Fox or Raccoon is walking away with your Bass! Or try turning your back on one of Floridas many bridges to a fish you just caught to turn back and see a Pelican, Sea Gull or Comorant flying away with it.
And stringer wise one of the worst feelings when swimming back from a rock you were casting from and your stringer seems to be hung up on something except that something is a Blue Shark with all 3 fish in his mouth at once and not happy that they are attached to you !
And let's not forget the great way to catch crayfish is leave your trout on a stringer on the rocky bottom of the stream!
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Y'know, that "Here, honey, hold this..." option is starting to sound better all the time.
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