First off, I've never tried fishing for blues in the winter, or any other fish for that matter. I mainly fish for flatheads. I'm planning to go out this evening and give this winter thing a go. I will be bank fishing on a river, and my bait options for this time of year would be limited to large 3" minnows. Shad would be the best bait, but this time of year I have no access to shad. My question for you folks is, would using large minnows be worth a try?
Swiftwater, until I got a boat, 90% of my cats came from the bank on large shiners and chubs. I will still use them on occassion, when baitfish are hard to find. I say the bait will be effective. The main thing is to fish an area that has fish. That's the hard part from the bank this time of year. If you can fish when the river is running out hard, you will likely have better luck. Vern
Blues eat whatever is in their water. I see you are from VA. Last year my brother and I went in the James in Jan. I caught some Brim in a pond on the sunny side the day before. Put them in a plastic bag on ice and used them the next Day. My brother and I caught 11 Blues the next day including one 37 pounds. They like cut Brim.:) :) :) :) :) Good luck. Where in VA are you from?
Well they seemed to outsmart me today. I used 4” minnows which produced one bite and no cats landed. All in all it was a great day to be on the water and I will try this winter thing again..
Vern, having a boat definitely has it's advantages. I keep telling my wife the finer points of owning a boat and she reminds me i have a canoe. That's all the boat one man could ever need, RIGHT? lol. It's a new year and still no boat. Maybe next year!
Paraguayguy, nice fish in that picture. Using bream never crossed my mind and I will try cutbait next trip. I live just south of Lynchburg..