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By Bob Gwizdz

October 1998
By Bob Gwizdz

Can't get bait on hook? Dudley's 'glue' might do

GIBRALTAR - Sometimes, anglers can't use the bait the fish want because they can't get it on the hook. But Jearald Dudley, a 50-year old manager for an information services company, thinks he's found the answer. Dudley has invented Baitstick, a glue-like substance he uses to secure any sort of creepy crawler to a hook. Ants, maggots, pill bugs and  other little critters can be presented, alive and well to the fish with a drop of Baitstick, Dudley says. "I've been messing around with ways of putting bait on for a long time," Dudley said. I've been fishing eating insects - it's their main diet. Since I was a kid, I've been trying to figure out a way to put the bait on a hook without killing it."
After a dozen years of experimenting with everything from fly paper to super glue, Dudley discovered a taffy like substance he bottles as  Baitstick. He uses it for just about everything, even the insects that many anglers already know how to hook - like crickets and grasshoppers, which many anglers impale under the collar. "The thing about it is, even if you put it under that collar, it paralyzes the insect," Dudley said. "But with this stuff, because it's sticky, these insects are trying to get away, trying to get off. It makes them work even more." Dudley says large, black carpenter ants are a super panfish bait, but there's no way to put them on a hook. Same with pill bugs, the little hard-shell critters that roll up into a ball when you touch them. "Those are great for bass, bluegills - I've caught big perch with them," Dudley said. "You can take them and keep them in a tub. I've got one  with a bunch of bark in the bottom of it and I pour about a glass of water in it about once a month to keep it moist and they grow by the thousands. But there's no way I know that you can put a hook into them without killing them." With Baitstick, the creatures just keep kicking. "Virtually anything crawling around the garden, in the grass, on the trees, you can use for bait now," Dudley said. Dudley says he's heard plenty of testimonials, from anglers who use Baitstick on maggots to those who use live shrimp and crabs. He's even heard of anglers who use Baitstick with real mayflies to catch trout during the Hex hatch. Dudley says Baitstick has an indefinite shelf life, but can harden in
cold weather. "If you're going to use it in cold climates, you'll probably  want to keep it in an inside pocket and keep it warm," he says. Baitstick sells for $7.50 for a one-ounce bottle, $13.00 for a two-ounce bottle. To order it, mail to Baitstick, 30274 Young, Rockwood, MI 48173, and add  for shipping and handling.



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