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When I come to the end of the roadAnd the sun has set for meI want no rites in a gloom filled room!Why cry for a soul set free? Miss me a little- but not to longAnd not with your head bowed…Continue

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Comment by dick tabbert on July 19, 2013 at 4:07pm

John you might be talking about camel crickets.

Comment by John Sheehan on July 19, 2013 at 12:24pm

Anyone have experience with catching and using Cave Crickets for bait .There are plenty of biggies in my garage on the walls but they spook into crevices before I can catch them .I would like to make a trap to get several lively ones and try them for bait .

Comment by 10.5" RES Sharon on July 19, 2013 at 12:11pm

They are expensive here in TX, if you can find them at all. I think it was 3.50 for a dozen. Here is a way to do it yourself:

How to catch crickets for bait:

 

Prepare your trap. Collect breadcrumbs and sugar along with a sheet of newspaper. At dusk, go to your chosen location and sprinkle the breadcrumbs onto the ground. Top that off with sprinkled sugar. Unfold the newspaper and place it on top of the breadcrumb mixture.


Leave and come back the following morning. It is important to check your trap while it is still early, probably at sunrise. Carefully lift the newspaper. Underneath you will find wild crickets. Use the butterfly net, or paper towel tube, to catch them. If you are quick, you can use your hands.

Comment by christopher Mark Spivey on July 19, 2013 at 3:28am

What are you all paying for a 100 or 1000 of crickets.

Comment by 10.5" RES Sharon on October 11, 2012 at 3:24pm

It's almost Oct. 31st again. Anyone have any ideas?

Comment by David, aka, "McScruff" on April 1, 2012 at 7:41am

I know you can purchase a pelleted feed for them, Sharon, much like dog food. The milling company hereabouts sells it as pond fish feed.

My guess is the koi haven't learned to eat it yet, AND they are eating other things in the pond, for now. I don't know what their breeding rate is, i.e., how good they are at it. There might be a lot - or just the ones you've seen. I'd bet on a lot, though!

I do know they feed on algae, plant matter and whatever organic "stuff" they can skim from the muck on the bottom - filter feeders in that sense. If you've ever watched a goldfish in a bowl, picking up and spitting out gravel, that's what is happening. The fish is selecting what it likes from what it picks up and rejecting out the rest. 

In a pond where there has been only minnows, I'm certain there is much to sustain them for a while. AS they grow, though, you will want to either supplement their food or cull some of the them out. Fortunately there is something of a market for them, and I'd think you could make a few bucks on them, as "natural bred" specimens.

Id sure like to see pictures of them.

Comment by 10.5" RES Sharon on March 31, 2012 at 5:06pm

I just decovered that my 2 koi that are about 6 years old must have bred last summer. There is now a school of about 20 of them swimming around in my minnow pond. First time I've seen them, and when I went back with the camera, they were nowhere to be seen. They are about 4". Probably hundreds in there as there are no predators. My question is: what do they eat? I have checked online and it sounds like they eat about everything, but I've never seen them eat fish pellets, or minnows. I'm hoping they won't ruin my minnow pond.

Comment by dick tabbert on February 27, 2012 at 11:01pm

Yes I got the glue. I really got it for my granddaughter she doesn't like to touch bugs anymore its a girl thing but I'll get her back to normal with a little work. To answer the 2nd question I do have a little cricket cage. I'm really going to committed to using live bait. It will be hard at first cause I've used artificial for so long. I guess the proofs in the pudding. 

Comment by David, aka, "McScruff" on February 27, 2012 at 10:51pm

Well, Dick you sound like you arent messing around. Talk about stockpiling. Did you get some of the Professors Bait Glue?

What do you plan to use for toting crickets around with you?

Comment by dick tabbert on February 27, 2012 at 10:21pm

Thank you for having me. I don't really know how much I can teach cause I've always used artificial> This year will be different I'm planning on using live bait. I have over 2000 wigglers in my worm beds and just got 500 Canadian Crawlers with crickets to come as soon as it worms up. I'm hoping to do allot of brain picking and if I can answer any question I'll be happy to do that. THANKS

 

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