Goldfish as Livebait?

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Goldfish as Livebait?

Post by GinoButtMan » Sat Sep 16 2017 18:14

Yay? Nay? Any experience/stories?

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Post by Nobby C » Sat Sep 16 2017 18:29

Nay,there's a risk of diseases.

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Post by Dennis M » Sat Sep 16 2017 19:36

Used to be a common practice where I live.
Tried it, and regular roach catch more. :shrug:

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Post by Nige Johns » Sat Sep 16 2017 20:01

Tried it once with 6 of them,but were really small,nevertheless every one of them got nailed,all jacks :grin:

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Post by Will Smith » Sat Sep 16 2017 20:16

You must be pretty good at getting your balls in a glass jar then Nigel :coat: .

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Post by dannytaylor » Sun Sep 17 2017 05:23

I did it once many years ago when younger. We where struggling to catch livebaits and had located some big perch. Out of frustration we bought some goldfish. It worked i had a double figure pike and my mate took a 4lb perch on one!

Would never dream of it now as its way to risky due to transfer of disease such as KHV etc. Dont do it...................

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Post by cookiesdaughtersdad » Sun Sep 17 2017 07:33

This talk of disease seems strange when many anglers will habitually move other fish and fluid about :shrug:

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Post by Kev Berry » Sun Sep 17 2017 07:52

dannytaylor wrote:
I did it once many years ago when younger. We where struggling to catch livebaits and had located some big perch. Out of frustration we bought some goldfish. It worked i had a double figure pike and my mate took a 4lb perch on one!

Would never dream of it now as its way to risky due to transfer of disease such as KHV etc. Dont do it...................
can goldfish get KHV?

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Post by cookiesdaughtersdad » Sun Sep 17 2017 08:39

Kev Berry wrote:
dannytaylor wrote:
I did it once many years ago when younger. We where struggling to catch livebaits and had located some big perch. Out of frustration we bought some goldfish. It worked i had a double figure pike and my mate took a 4lb perch on one!

Would never dream of it now as its way to risky due to transfer of disease such as KHV etc. Dont do it...................
can goldfish get KHV?
I dont think they can Kev but simply transferring water is enough so all fish movements can do it!

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Post by Kev Berry » Sun Sep 17 2017 10:22

cookiesdaughtersdad wrote:
Kev Berry wrote:
dannytaylor wrote:
I did it once many years ago when younger. We where struggling to catch livebaits and had located some big perch. Out of frustration we bought some goldfish. It worked i had a double figure pike and my mate took a 4lb perch on one!

Would never dream of it now as its way to risky due to transfer of disease such as KHV etc. Dont do it...................
can goldfish get KHV?
I dont think they can Kev but simply transferring water is enough so all fish movements can do it!

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Post by Esoxuk » Mon Sep 18 2017 14:12

Can anyone actually confirm a spread of any disease through livebaits....
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Post by Kev Berry » Mon Sep 18 2017 14:32

Esoxuk wrote:
Can anyone actually confirm a spread of any disease through livebaits....
apart from khv I believe all the other fish diseases are endemic throughout the whole of the UK, they require a certain amount of triggers to set them off---temperature, oxygen levels, fish stress levels etc
some ones bucket of roach has so far not transferred any disease (I have asked the EA to name me one water where they know a pikers lives have transferred disease)

Wasn't so long back you get a licence to move livebaits----all you had to do was state were from and where to

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Post by micky dolan » Mon Sep 18 2017 19:28

cookiesdaughtersdad wrote:
This talk of disease seems strange when many anglers will habitually move other fish and fluid about :shrug:

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Post by Esoxuk » Tue Sep 19 2017 00:53

Thanks Kev, just as I thought
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Post by Slug » Sat Sep 23 2017 00:16

I reckon it's a safe bet that almost every piece of water has had pet fish introductions in one way or another :laughs:

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Post by Mark Phillips » Sun Sep 24 2017 20:07

GinoButtMan wrote:
Yay? Nay? Any experience/stories?
Once, when I was lad. Got some out of the local pond, all about half a pound if memory serves. Seemed like a good idea at the time but they made very poor lives. Ended up tipping in the lake and giving some match anglers a nice surprise for a few years :laughs: There's also the other reasons not to use that people have aired. Oh and they cost too much in the size I'd want :exit:

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Post by Metalscobes666 » Mon Sep 25 2017 12:26

They are excellent dead baits I have a friend who breeds Koi Carp and there's always a load of damaged ones from his stock pond so I end up with 5” to 7” Koi Carp in various colours that the Pike love, I shrink wrap them and freeze them I have used Goldfish in the past and they did work for me I think because they stood out in the water the Pike were quick to hit them.

Here in Northern Ireland it is against the law to be caught using livebaits so I can’t advise how well they work here in NI as livebait that is naughty hahaha
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Post by John Milford » Thu Feb 01 2018 13:54

Don't goldfish hybridise with crucians, if they are present?

Best not to meddle with eco systems in my opinion, although fishery managers seem to do it without even blinking :shrug:
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Post by Andrew Croft » Thu Feb 01 2018 14:12

Not sure john. I know they can turn natural again instead of big daft orange looking things. Wither thats through breeding after introduction or not i cant quite remember.

I reckon a natural colored goldfish would be a cracking thing to catch.
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micky dolan wrote:
cookiesdaughtersdad wrote:
This talk of disease seems strange when many anglers will habitually move other fish and fluid about :shrug:

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cookiesdaughtersdad wrote:
Kev Berry wrote:
dannytaylor wrote:
I did it once many years ago when younger. We where struggling to catch livebaits and had located some big perch. Out of frustration we bought some goldfish. It worked i had a double figure pike and my mate took a 4lb perch on one!

Would never dream of it now as its way to risky due to transfer of disease such as KHV etc. Dont do it...................
can goldfish get KHV?
I dont think they can Kev but simply transferring water is enough so all fish movements can do it!

Cheers ALan
They can carry KHV but don't get the disease like carp do.
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Post by pikerholic2 » Thu Feb 01 2018 21:44

My first double , came out a local gravel pit on a goldfish scooped out from the mayors pond !

Night time visit with torch , bucket and landing net , still remember me old heart beating like a train ...getting the baits the night before , and realising I had got a run on a six ounce goldy......lovley times


Except I knutted the pike :cry:


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