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bperry
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Thu Jul 16, 2020 5:33 am
The last few boxes of frozen cigar minnows, have been poor quality did not buy from Wally world but from 2 different bait shops. They were in a sealed blue box 5 pounds each, can any one recommend a place to buy frozen cigar minnows...Thanks  
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cashmorkie
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Thu Jul 16, 2020 5:41 am
Had the same experience with the last box I bought. Nearly every bait looked like the belly had been cut open and of course they washed out quickly. Never bought a box like that before this year, it was also the blue box. Not planning to buy another box and will try Spanish sardines next time.  
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KatfishKayak
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Thu Jul 16, 2020 5:57 am
cashmorkie wrote:
Not planning to buy another box and will try Spanish sardines next time.

If you think those cigar minnows wash out, wait until you pull sardines... but at least they're cheaper. Ballyhoo work pretty well, and hold up to some trolling.
I've been thinking about brining my cigar minnows to toughen them up. Anybody tried that?
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Thu Jul 16, 2020 7:08 am
From what I am told the cigars in the blue box come from Vietnam. Not sure why they are thin skinned and blow out. Brining does seem to help a little. We check them every 15 to 20 minutes. Some just last longer than others.
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tcunder
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Thu Jul 16, 2020 12:31 pm
The ones in the blue box are labeled as a product of Vietnam and packaged for Cape Point Bait Co., Beaufort, NC. I have seen them at Walmart, Dave's Outpost and OIFC. Appear to be the only ones available. After using them, I told the vendor that I bought them from that I wouldn't drive to his place if they were being given away.
No telling how many times the product has been refrozen since leaving Vietnam. Save your money, use something else.
  
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kp1226
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Thu Jul 16, 2020 5:12 pm
No love here either for the blue box. Pure crap
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RyanY
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Fri Jul 17, 2020 5:30 am
Try and find the jigger sized ballyhoo. work just as good and you get more ballyhoo in the pack.  
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Mon Jul 20, 2020 9:00 am
suggestions on where to find jigger size ballyhoo?  
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BarryTurano
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Mon Jul 20, 2020 9:21 am
Intra Coastal Angler in Wilmington. Thaw them and sprinkle Kosher salt on them to toughen them up.
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kp1226
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Mon Jul 20, 2020 9:37 am
Dutchman Creek in Southport had them this weekend.
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Thu Dec 31, 2020 9:42 am
We wanted to post an update here on the status of the cigar minnows since like many of you, we have been been less than impressed with the quality of the Vietnamese imports. The last couple of years has seen a very poor catch for the Florida Gulf cigar minnows. There were very few caught mainly due to regulatory changes in how they can be harvested. The Florida cigars are the gold standard for the mid Atlantic and Southeast king mackerel hunters under the Capt Salty brand packaged by Raffield Fisheries. They are very sturdy fish and hold up well under troll. Due to lack of supply from Florida we were forced to go overseas to source from Vietnam. The Vietnam cigars are mainly used by the Japanese long line fleets and are larger and much less sturdy. As some of you mentioned the cigars do not hold up well under troll. Occasionally you get lucky but for the most part they are best suited for drift and bottom fishing applications. Capt Salty has some Vietnamese imports that we have been distributing the past few months and these appear to be much better suited for troll. So in summary stick with the Salty brand for your trolling applications or if chasing a trophy grouper go with either brand.
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Thu Dec 31, 2020 1:33 pm
And Brine the hell out of them.  
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Sun Jan 03, 2021 9:43 am
Even the Capt Salty brand have "Product of Vietnam" on them. Thaw them out and brine them in a cooler with ice and two boxes of Kosher salt for at least 12 hours. They will perform much better.
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Even the Capt Salty brand have "Product of Vietnam" on them. Thaw them out and brine them in a cooler with ice and two boxes of Kosher salt for at least 12 hours. They will perform much better.
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