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Re: Best catfish bait [Re: 99guy] #14971002 06/15/20
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Do you guys cut the bluegill any special way?


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Re: Best catfish bait [Re: 99guy] #14971058 06/15/20
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I do them the same as I do shad. Stick them in the brain box with my bait knife so they quit flopping. Rake their scales off so they don’t foul the hook point. Cut them into chunks from the top down, generally about 1/2” cuts but I leave a good bit on behind the head to have for one big bait. I always cut the tail off and toss it too, maybe superstition or maybe real but I never fish tails, old guy told me they weren’t good bait and I just went with it.

Re: Best catfish bait [Re: Bull64] #14971509 06/15/20
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Originally Posted by Bull64
Catalpa worms...



Hard to beat ‘Tauga worms.

I’d rather fish the, than any other bait. Plus, bream and bass will eat the, also.


Lately hard to find. Last year my trees didn’t have worms. So far, none this year.


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Re: Best catfish bait [Re: 99guy] #14971578 06/15/20
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Catalpas are the trees with the big green beans hanging down, correct? I know of a creek that has several big ones if that’s the case but I’ve never noticed any worms. They caterpillars or something else?

Re: Best catfish bait [Re: 99guy] #14973485 06/16/20
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That’s them.

Big broad leaf.

Usually find them on sandy creek banks.

Worm, actually a caterpillar.

Got to get them before they go into the ground. Or birds.

Rain crows like them.


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Re: Best catfish bait [Re: 99guy] #14976866 06/17/20
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Chicken livers stored in garlic salt.

You'll thank me....

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Chicken livers stored in garlic salt.

You'll thank me....

Re: Best catfish bait [Re: broomd] #14978327 06/18/20
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Originally Posted by broomd
Chicken livers stored in garlic salt.

You'll thank me....


Treble hooks?

Liver works good. Throws off easy.

I’ve even soaked them in jello hoping to make them tougher.


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Re: Best catfish bait [Re: 99guy] #14980248 06/19/20
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Live lining white perch with a 5/0-7/0 circle hook in their back can’t be beat at least in our waters. If a catfish doesn’t take it a rockfish certainly will. Win win.

Re: Best catfish bait [Re: 99guy] #14980514 06/19/20
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" Shameless Pets " Lobster Roll over flavor dog treats soft baked. Couple bags of these and you`re good to go for all the catfish you want to cart home.


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Re: Best catfish bait [Re: 99guy] #14982228 06/19/20
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I pulled 5 of these out of my pond today and cut them up in roughly 2 inch chunks. Scaled them and cut the splines off. Going to give it a go next catfishing trip. Even saved the heads.
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Re: Best catfish bait [Re: 99guy] #14983723 06/20/20
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I do the same thing but keep em whole, vacuum sealed in the freezer.

Re: Best catfish bait [Re: 99guy] #14985894 06/21/20
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Went yeasterday morning to float a local creek.

Bass fish on the way down. Stop at a few deep holes to catfish.

Caught a mess of catfish.

Canadian night crawlers on bottom. Love circle hooks.

Kept hoping to find some catagga worms. All the trees on the creek banks were full of leaves.


Seems we don’t have the worms around lately. Maybe the moths sided off?


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Re: Best catfish bait [Re: 99guy] #14989314 06/22/20
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Try wrapping a small square of cheesecloth tight around a chicken liver if
you cast them. I have pondered doing this, hooking them, them freezing them
in an old ice cube tray. Could attach with a snap swivel and avoid touching them.

Hate to be a pussy, but on an all nighter, I don't like eating a Sammie and
smelling livers. It's almost as bad as eating one in deer season,
and realizing the morning
dump got on your trigger finger!

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Re: Best catfish bait [Re: 99guy] #14990674 06/23/20
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Depends on the game. Scavengers seem to like fresh (emphasis fresh) chicken livers, fried chicken, and live minnow. Hunters like flathead tend to like them alive. I am convinced that some sort of oil scent helps- anchovy, fried chicken, or krill... not much though, just enough to draw initial interest. Live bait always works best.

Re: Best catfish bait [Re: Ranger99] #14991764 06/23/20
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Originally Posted by Ranger99
Beef blood bait we used to make works
really great for a trotline or for juglines
It'll sling right off the hook if you try to
cast it



Yep, home made blood bait. Use some salt or brown sugar to dry it out and make a tougher rind on the outside, it will hold a hook better then. Take it out of the freezer just long enough for it to soften and take the hook.

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Originally Posted by wytex
Originally Posted by Ranger99
Beef blood bait we used to make works
really great for a trotline or for juglines
It'll sling right off the hook if you try to
cast it



Yep, home made blood bait. Use some salt or brown sugar to dry it out and make a tougher rind on the outside, it will hold a hook better then. Take it out of the freezer just long enough for it to soften and take the hook.


Right ^ ^ ^
Salt and sugar both is part of what my grandpa
taught me to use, but it's still relatively fragile for
casting.
You'd buy the big bucket of blood at the slaughterhouse
and it'd be a big clot and you cut it up into cubes and
cover it all with salt and sugar, and put it back in the
bucket and you pour off the liquid everyday, etc.
This isn't refrigerated the way we did it.
Keeping it nearly frozen wasn't practical for the way
we fished.

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