bait fish

Discussion in 'ARIZONA LAKES / RESERVOIRS TALK' started by joe long, Jul 15, 2009.

  1. joe long

    joe long New Member

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    i am new to flathead fishing and i am wondering how you go about catching the bait fish i.e. carp and blue gills??? im going out to bartlet this weekend and need some bait so if you could help me out it would be great. thanks!!!!!
     
  2. dsfrye1

    dsfrye1 New Member

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    I was just at Bartlett last weekend. All i did was use a really small hook, no weight, and 1/4 of a meal worm. Threw it out by some rocks and under overhanging trees in the shallow areas at bartlett flats. They were all pretty small. Hopefully you get some bigger gills than me.
     

  3. joe long

    joe long New Member

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    ok thats kinda what i thought but thanks for your help. did you do any good at bartlet?? any flattys
     
  4. Zonaman

    Zonaman New Member

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    I do the same hook & line bit but I've also had some luck setting mesh traps. Check the AZGF for the regs on that.
     

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  5. dsfrye1

    dsfrye1 New Member

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    Joe Long see my Bartlett Newbie post for my catch
     
  6. Overkil

    Overkil New Member

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    Gerry...how long does it take for the bluegill (or other bait) to find the trap? How deep have you been setting it? Looks interesting...
     
  7. cat-tracker

    cat-tracker New Member

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    Hey Gerry, where do you get a mesh trap like that? Could come handle when I'm fishing all night for flatties, I can sleep all day and still catch baitfish!!:big_smile:
     
  8. Zonaman

    Zonaman New Member

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    I set the trap in the back of a cove at Bartlett near some submerged brush. I baited it with a few worms and salmon eggs. I didn't have it down for long, maybe a couple of hours and about 3 good bluegiulls were in it. Might have had more if I'd kept down longer. I'll bet there's some folks on this list that know how to work these things better thasn me. Now that I've got my boat back, I'm going tobe trying this again.

    Toucan get them at Bass Pros Shop or at Cabella's
     
  9. GwillE

    GwillE New Member

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    while i am unloading & preping my boat I have my son fish for gills with a small pole next to boat ramp. with a little bit of night crawler under bobber. he can usually fill the bait bucket by the time i unload the boat. The boat ramp will most likely be very busy on weekends. we go during the week.
     
  10. GwillE

    GwillE New Member

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    hey zona have you or anyone else ever try a casting net?
     
  11. Zonaman

    Zonaman New Member

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    Nope. I've often wondered about that or a dipping net, provided you can sneak up on them.
     
  12. tofish

    tofish New Member

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    i can throw a casting net as long as i'm in my yard. get out in boat, and i'd make funniest video's. either tangling on something in boat, around me, or hits the water and looks like a straight rope out there. working on it though.
    gary