Bait for blue catfish?

Discussion in 'Blue Catfishing' started by ibohunter, Nov 7, 2006.

  1. ibohunter

    ibohunter New Member

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    what is the best bait for blues, live? dead? or prepared
     
  2. huntduck

    huntduck New Member

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    Alabama
    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.
     

  3. raybait1

    raybait1 New Member

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    imho live perch or dead shad is the only way to go.
     
  4. just cats

    just cats New Member

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    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.
     
  5. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    I hear that live minnows, with catch big blues to.
     
  6. WHEELMOBILE07

    WHEELMOBILE07 New Member

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    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.

    Wheelmobile07
     
  7. ClayDog

    ClayDog New Member

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    Maysville,Kentucky
    My best luck over fishing for them often are big skipjacks, Cut shad, and live Warmouth all good baits.
     
  8. cnwamw

    cnwamw New Member

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    any form of shad
     
  9. south_va_fisherman

    south_va_fisherman New Member

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    SHRIMP! my go to bait. shad dead or cut works good too. good luck
     
  10. superman

    superman New Member

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    DeSoto MO
    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
     
  11. matt22va

    matt22va New Member

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    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.
    matt
     
  12. cumberlandcat

    cumberlandcat Active Member

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    Tennessee
    I am for skip jack all the way. That is all I fish.
     
  13. P. nasuta

    P. nasuta New Member

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    Louisiana
    Hi Guys,

    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!!!

    Take Care,
    John
     
  14. laidbck111

    laidbck111 New Member

    I have had my best luck with herring cut.
     
  15. jimmyk

    jimmyk New Member

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    I use fresh shad and eel. If I don't have fresh shad I'll use frozen. But fresh seems to work better.
     
  16. CATFISHPAT

    CATFISHPAT New Member

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    Oklahoma
    Cutt shad #1 for me..........
     
  17. jetdocx

    jetdocx New Member

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    Corinth Tx
    You can't get anything better than fresh shad....
     
  18. frymire

    frymire New Member

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    texas
    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...
     
  19. bluehunter

    bluehunter New Member

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    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.
     
  20. catfishcrazyjr

    catfishcrazyjr New Member

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    oklahoma
    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