Will menhaden work as catfish bait?


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    Default Will menhaden work as catfish bait?

    Will manhaden work?


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    I assume that you're fishing some tidal water if you've got access to menhaden. I fish similar water here in NC and I've used menhaden on occasion but I've never caught anything on them. However, if I'd used them more than a few times my results may be different. I have heard that mullet works well from some very respectable fishermen but I've never had the first bite on them.


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    Jerry Trew
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    Since several members report good success using menhaden oil as an attractant for catfish, I'd certainly think it would make a good bait, but the only way to tell for sure is to give it a try, preferably alongside some good standard bait.

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    I have posted before about using Menhaden oil as an added attractant to certain stink/punch/dough baits. A little goes a long way. Don't over do it.
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    Default I use the oil.

    I have a gallon of the oil that I use to soak my old skips in to refresh them.

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    yes menhaden(bunker) work fine especially in the fall here in DE. the only difference is we use chunks instead of strips the biggest one i landed was an 11# last fall with a bigger estimated 15+ breaking 20lb test mono 3 years ago. i even have a trick i learned to do with the heads that makes them good baits too. hmmm sounds like and article for the library.

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    what is a menhaden?

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    menhaden (bunker) is my go to bait. it has an odor unlike other cut baits. have landed over 50 blue cats in the last 3 monthes ranging from 20-50 lbs on this stuff. really want to try it fresh. all i have access to is frozen and it still works as good if not better than the shad and aleswives. i recomend giving it a try!

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    I have used cut manhaden in the past and had really good luck with it catching blues, Give it a shot I don't think you'll be disapointed. Good luck.:wink:


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