I was hoping that some of you could give me some advice about trotline baits. We're going to run some lines over the weekend and I'd like to get some ideas for bait. We'll be setting our lines in a small river that feeds into the Missouri. We'll be between 1/2-3/4 miles from the Missouri. The small river is running pretty full but only has a current of about .5 mph right now. My hope is that the flat heads will be stacked up in the slower moving river right now.
I'd prefer to use some live bait for my lines on this trip. I can get plenty of goldfish and bluegill. I could probably get a lot of crawfish, carp or bullheads. I'd like to know what you guys have had the best luck with and what baits typically live the longest on a trot line. If anyone has any other advice I'd be grateful.
Our main trotline bait where I am from are bluegill but not just any we call them warmouth in KY at about 4-5 inches long. They are more robust and lively than reg. gills and it just seems like the flatheads love them. My main bait when fishing for flatheads on rod and reel also. Good Luck!!!
Bullheads and perch. I would put bullheads about a fourth of the way from each bank and perch in the middle of the line. Or rotate perch then bullhead then perch etc. IMO flats will hit the bullheads before the perch.
Put a piece of aluminum foil on a few hooks about 2 inches wide and 4 inches long. When other fish get hooked on the line the foil will be moving around and fish will strike it. Try several different baits so if they are being picky you may find it out quicker. Most of the time I keep bream closer to the banks and put cut bait farther out.
Mullberry trees that are flooded with fruit on em. Set ya limb lines around em use the bigger live baits you can get. Make shure you are tied off to stout limbs and be ready. Also any flooded horn bean trees you find some reason flats like them to. For blues good ol 2 inch bighead chunks skin on all you need for em. The Flats gills and bullheads. But dont be afraid to try worms. We got the locust hatch be dont be afraid to try em.
[QUOTE=arky;2250142]Put a piece of aluminum foil on a few hooks about 2 inches wide and 4 inches long. When other fish get hooked on the line the foil will be moving around and fish will strike it. Try several different baits so if they are being picky you may find it out quicker. Most of the time I keep bream closer to the banks and put cut bait farther out.[/QUOT
Back when I was younger and thought I knew everything about fishing I laughed at my uncle for using pop can tabs on his hooks. That was until I saw it in action. Almost every hook had a fish. Channels, Blues, Flatheads, and other fish would hit the shiny hooks with pop can tabs attached. He would set them with jugs attached to the line so it would add movement. The big bonus was that you didn't have to chase bait! Personally I like live bluegills or small crappie for big flatheads.