I tried goldfish the other night for the 1st time, and the doggone things cost me $1.00 each. :ooooh:
I didn't have any luck (only fished a couple hours) but noticed that the gold fish weren't real active. I hooked them about mid body below the spine but above the organs with an 8/0 hook. I was using a 3 way swivel with a 5 0z sinker with about 1 ft of line on one leg & about a 3 ft. line on the side with the bait.
goldfish are a really good, hardy bait that we use here in north carolina when you don't have access to brim or shad. here they are $12-$15 a pound. depends on the size, but equates to about a dollar a piece. i am lucky cause i can get them from new jersey. i pay $20 for 4 dozen. one of the rigs i use is a carolina rig. depends on the size of the goldfish which size weight to use but i found about 2oz is good. slide the weight on the main line then a bead to protect the knot. then tie on a barrel swivel, then your leader. i like to use 25-30lbs flourocarbon. now you can use a float before the hook or not. the float will keep the fish above the bottom if it gets lazy. i use a 5/O to 7/O circle hook. again your choice. i hook the goldfish a little behind the dorsal fin so it wants to swim towards the surface. the goldfish usually stays active all night for me. good luck
I live in southeastern ohio and the cats really seem to love them in the spring, and early summer. I generally take a variety of baits being i fish with a partner we have 4 poles in the water and four different baits usaually goldfish, bluegill, bullheads, and creek chubs (suckers).
Some holes they may eat a goldfish, others maybe some thing else. We cut the top fin of the goldfish sometimes to, the swim more akward in the water and i think it helps trigger strikes.
I haven't tried goldfish often, but a few of our local baitshops sell them. One of the things I like about them is that they are a very hardy baitfish and will swim around for a good long time. That makes them really good for lines that will be sitting still for a while, such as trotlines, limblines, jugs, or really patient rod and reel.
Last time I used one it lived for 5 hours on the hook. Might have lasted longer, but I caught a 5# channel with it.
Not real lively, huh? Next time put one aspirin per every two goldfish in with 'em. Ya better have the lid on tight, cuz they'll jump right out of the bait bucket. Aspirin + baitfish = baitfish on speed!!!!