I had a half scoop of sardine/Anchovy mix on saturday in my bait tank. We saw a light boat and bought a half scoop of squid. An hour ater all of the squid were dead and just a few fin alive. Did I get crappy squid or is not a good idea to mix them?
I'm lucky to have an 80 gallon split bait tank (two 40's).
I never mix squid and finbait, never!
Yes I have that luxury.
Anchovies and Sardines can exist together.
I prefer to separate them when I have both.
When I get a mix of bait I'll take the time to pull the Sardines out and put them in their own side.
When I catch Mackerel they get their own tank.
Mackerel can pound on Sardines and Anchovies.
Sardines can pound on Anchovies.
Sardines and Anchovies can be eaten by Squid.
Squid can and will mate with just about anything in the bait
tank it can get their tentacles around, including your leg.
It's pretty easy to tell if squid is spawned out or not.
How big is your bait tank?
Is it fiberglass? Poly? Dark? See-thru?
What GPH pump are you using?
Regardless of whether the Anchovies, Sardines, and Squid were all top notch . .
There's only so much room for all the bait to move around comfortably
without banging into each other and stressing each other out.
If you got squid from a light boat it didn't all spawn out in 1 hr! LBBob covered all of the reason squid dies prematurely, might bet is the squid inked itself to death. For extended fishing with squid, throw in a legal bass or other fish in with the squid, this often keeps the squid from spawning
Years back I coordinated 2 Halibut collection trips after some
decided to break in the Halibut Hatchery in Redondo and kill
half of the broodstook female Halibut population. I was in the
bait tank of the TORTUGA from MDR Sportfishing after the trip
putting each Halibut in a sling so they could be carried to a
portable tank, and then trucked over to the Halibut Hatchery.
While standing in the TORTUGA'S bait tank a few of the
remaining squid in the tank tried to mate with my ankle.