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Discussion in 'Blue Catfishing' started by ibohunter, Nov 7, 2006.
what is the best bait for blues, live? dead? or prepared
It all depends on what you are after.Eaten size I use cut bait,usually shad.For bigger fish I use both dead and live bait,skipjack for dead,and bream for the live bait.Many people think bream are just for flatheads,but the big blues love them just the same.I have never in my life had any success on a prepared or dip bait.I have tried and tried but never more than a couple little whole fryers.
imho live perch or dead shad is the only way to go.
This year it's been cut carp for me with cut shad a close second. But live shad have caught lot's of blues too. I try all three whenever I can and let the fish decide what they want that day. I usually toss out a goldfish too.
I hear that live minnows, with catch big blues to.
I like to use live and cut gills, perch, crappie, jumbo shiners, and goldfish. We don't have any skippies available to me in this area but i don't think you can go wrong with them either from what I have researched, read, and seen on the videos here.
My best luck over fishing for them often are big skipjacks, Cut shad, and live Warmouth all good baits.
any form of shad
SHRIMP! my go to bait. shad dead or cut works good too. good luck
cut shad is my bait of choice but i read someone was using raw chicken i am going to try this sunday with some chicken liver blood injected into the meat
For the smaller better eatin ones, I like fresh cut bait, clams, and chicken liver seems to always produce. If the cut bait is native to where you are fishing it seems to work better. For the bigger ones, I like live bream that are about the size of three fingers, large shiners, and more of the same fresh native cutbait in bigger helpings. For flatties I might bump that bream size up to closer hand size.
I am for skip jack all the way. That is all I fish.
I like fresh fish for bait!!!! Small, live brim, cut large brim, live threadfin shad, cut gizzard shad, skipjack it all has worked good for me. Frozen fish is my second choice. However, I will never buy prepared bait again!!!
I have had my best luck with herring cut.
I use fresh shad and eel. If I don't have fresh shad I'll use frozen. But fresh seems to work better.
Cutt shad #1 for me..........
You can't get anything better than fresh shad....
fresh cut shad, i mean fresher the better.. i live in tx.. shad shad shad.
don't need big pieces either.. cut buffalo, and carp second best...
I like the concept of fresh dead cut bait. That seen to be the best for blues for me.I use cut mackeral and bonita mostly. A friend of mine is bringing back some frozen shad from midwest so I am going to give that a shot soon.
the best bait i have used in the winter for blues is crappie head or just the hole thing with a small slit in the belly