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Shop bought prawns

Postby cd07 » Wed Mar 13, 2019 8:43 pm

Hi lads well has anyone ever had success using these? I mean the whole un-cooked prawns. Thanks
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Re: Shop bought prawns

Postby eoghanb » Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:58 pm

Some lads in England use them for smoothhound ,seem to be ok but could work if you can't get peelers ,hardback crabs will also work apparently but not as good as peeler
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Re: Shop bought prawns

Postby roger de dodger » Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:30 am

A live prawn is deadly for bass but never had much luck with dead ones not much sent for the fish to home in on maybe?

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Re: Shop bought prawns

Postby johnwest » Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:18 am

Whole shell-on uncooked prawns, the red ones, are quite effective for wrasse, you need to use a pennell rig and plenty of elastic. The shell-off prawns, greyish in colour will take a variety of fish, I've had dab, flounder, turbot, pollack, coalfish, codling, dogfish, seatrout to name a few. I keep a pack of each in the freezer as standby baits.
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Re: Shop bought prawns

Postby m.b3 » Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:23 am

Gamba prawns work in some places for smoothound and thornies. they seem to appeal to codling too. i have had a specimen flounder on them. they don't seem to work everywhere. presenting them is tricky as they are really soft when peeled. also the good stuff is in the head, a bright orange juice, but fished whole they easily cover a big hook.
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Re: Shop bought prawns

Postby m.b3 » Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:46 am

roger de dodger wrote:A live prawn is deadly for bass but never had much luck with dead ones not much sent for the fish to home in on maybe?

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as a thornback ray specialist i think you should try the Gambas as they work on some of the beaches you fish Roger :D
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Re: Shop bought prawns

Postby kieran » Wed Mar 20, 2019 11:37 am

They also worked cooked which has the added benefit of them being a lot tougher and giving them the characteristics pink colour.
You can also dtoughen the "fresh" ones by rolling them in salt the night before... wash off thoroughly the next morning, can often take a day or two...

Had plenty of fish on them, especially good for wrasse in Ireland.
BTW there is now a bio degradable shirring elastic available online for those who want to minimize pollution. Found it on ebay.

Down in the Med and Canaries prawns account for a host of species, mostly various types of sea bream. painted comber, small groupers, usually fished off rocks.

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