Using mooneyes for bait


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    steve

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    Default Using mooneyes for bait

    I recently got a cast net and have been catching mooneyes. I never have used these for bait before and noticed they die off real quick. Are these supposed to be fished dead and if so how?


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    jonathon
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    Yep they die pretty quick. Chop em up and let them bleed.


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    They can be kept alive in any good shad tank. But fresh dead is fine chop in half hook thru the eyes toss out and be ready.DOnt hurt to keep the fresh dead ones on ice as well.

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    I usually throw my bait in a zip lock bag on ice soon as I catch it during warm weather seams to stay fresher that way..

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    Those things are totally crap for bait! You should send them all to me fresh frozen and I will dispose of them for you

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    Ohhhhhh, that Dan is a clever fellow................ Nice to help out.

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    Or you can donate them to me on sunday...

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    I have had extremely good luck with flatheads on mooneyes. I hook them in the head and cut one side of them 2 or 3 times to let them bleed. Very very good bait.

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    Im not too good at catching flatties on cut bait whats the best rig for that. thanks in advance

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    I use a Carolina (slip weight) rig with a short leader 10"-15" and a 2-4 oz weight. The bait MUST be fresh. I also fish in moderate to swift current, I run my hooks in the bottom of the fishes head and out of the top. It seems to make the bait sit more naturally in the water. Moneyes and skipjack have worked great for me using this method. The best bait I have found as far as catching big fish consistently is goldfish 4-6 inches long. I fish on the mississippi in southeast missouri and sometimes our flatheads can be very tricky to catch, but I have pretty good success with these baits. I haven't done well with bluegill tho most flatty fishermen is talk to prefer them.


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