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landed on a combo bait of maize
and artificial corn on the hair rig.
I landed my first turtle, a large sun turtle. I also got several horned pout within the last week. A guy I fished with tonight landed a sucker. And, all these catches were on sweet corn. To make matters worse, many times when I reeled in within the last few week there was no bait on the hook. Those sneaky little sun turtles can take the corn off without so much as a twitch on the rod tip.
So, it's good-bye sweetcorn, hello maize. I actually switched to maize a couple of days ago and have made some good catches on a combo bait of maize and artificial corn. I landed a few small ones, a couple of teen fish and even a nice 20 lber. So, the maize is working.
For those new to the game, maize is a bigger, harder corn that is much more durable than sweetcorn. it is not 100% pest resistant, but it does hold up. In addition, suckers, horned pout and turtles are not real fond of it.
I prepare my own maize. I buy 50 lb. bags of "whole corn" from Tractor Supply. I put a good amount in a large pot and add water. Let that sit overnight and boil it the next morning. It should boil for 35 minutes. Once done, I put it into containers and freezer bags and refrigerate it. I then have a good supply or corn to be used as bait and chum.