Bait size and season

Discussion in 'Catfishing Baits' started by wayne1967, Aug 25, 2009.

  1. wayne1967

    wayne1967 New Member

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    Do smaller baits work better as the water gets cold? The reason I ask is it seems that guys that ice fish use really small baits.
     
  2. mavmannate

    mavmannate New Member

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    Hmmmm, thats weird. I never herd that. Its possible?! Maybe...
     

  3. festus

    festus New Member

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    ....it's true, because a fish is cold-blooded, and when the water gets colder, their metabolism slows down, and they're less hungry. So it makes common sense that a smaller bait is better.
     
  4. wvcatfisherman

    wvcatfisherman Active Member

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    It is true. I use this system. Spring-small baits, Summer-big baits, Fall-small. I caught my first 30 pound fish on a 2 inch goldfish when the water got cold.
     
  5. catfishscotty

    catfishscotty Well-Known Member

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    ive noticed durring winter with water temps below 38 degrees or so they take a smaller piece of cut bait about quarter size the best or 3 to 4 shad heads off the little 3 inch shad

    after water temps break over 45 degrees or so they will take bigger pieces of cut bait well .

    spring with warmer water temps 60 degrees or so they will once again hit live bait and bigger pieces of cut .

    summer months i use live shad and gills allmost every time ,, i usually have 6 poles out with half cut bait on and the other 3 rods with live bait .

    as far as fall same as summer until water temps fall below 55 degrees then its back to cut bait

    flatheads this is even more important on size of bait and water temps

    very very rare for a flathead to consume a large bait when water temps drop below 50 degrees because there matabolism drops very low in cold water temps , small slender baits 3 inches and smaller is better ...
     
  6. Catfish_Scooter

    Catfish_Scooter New Member

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    For the blues it dont matter, they feed more in the winter.
     
  7. daystarchis

    daystarchis New Member

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    My bait of choice is Gills size of a credit card:wink: