Bait Size

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by Drawout, Jun 15, 2006.

  1. Drawout

    Drawout Active Member

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    How big is too big ?
     
  2. tdpasser

    tdpasser New Member

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    I would say as far as carp go 1/4 - 2 1/2 lb is ultimate then it starts to get pretty big 3lb and up is hard to cast.
     

  3. Drawout

    Drawout Active Member

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    Are you serious you fish with a 3lb bait...Omg
     
  4. TxRiverman

    TxRiverman New Member

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    I'll second that,.. OMG!!
     
  5. TxRiverman

    TxRiverman New Member

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    Man i think a 5'' perch is hard to cast,i cant imagine trying to cast a 3lb carp!!
     
  6. chubbahead

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    I remember my first bite on a 1 pound carp. I was holding my pole shaking, thinking this is going to be my new personal best. I gave it plenty of time to inhale the bait, then wham, set the hook. I realed in a flathead no bigger than 10 pounds. I was pissed. You would be amazed how big of bait they could fit in there mouths.
     
  7. Drawout

    Drawout Active Member

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    Must be using huge hooks to hook a bait that size.
     
  8. Drawout

    Drawout Active Member

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    :worship: :worship: :worship: I now see why i havent broke any records lol .
     
  9. Drawout

    Drawout Active Member

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    Come on guys i need some good replys.
     
  10. Dragger

    Dragger New Member

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    Johnny, You can catch a 11lb. bream,on a 10lb. grasshopper......:lol: :big_smile:
     
  11. photocat

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    it all depends on the rod your using... i wouldn't cast anything out more then 1/2 an ounce worth (shad, bluegill, liver, worms) or such with my ultra light but i would easily with my medium rods and such... on my heavy action rods i wouldn't be against tossing out a 1/2 lb offering or more... just feel your rod out to know its comfort zones and it'll tell you plus with a large bait like those you won't get the casting distance. esp from shore like a somewhat smaller bait will.
     
  12. blackhorse83

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    Some of that is awefull big bait, I like shad 3 to 6", bluegills 4" to around the size of my hand. Any thing bigger than that I use as cut bait. I wouldn't use a 3# carp on a trot line unless it was cut bait,I'd be afraid it would whip the cats off!!
     
  13. Drawout

    Drawout Active Member

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    lol me too that is big bait i definately need to go up a notch or two on my baits :big_smile:
     
  14. Katmaster Jr.

    Katmaster Jr. New Member

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    I like to use Huge Chunks of 12+ inch Gizzard Shad for big Blue Cats, can't beat those heads. I just use 10/0 J-Hooks, I have used 13/0's and prefer them really but they are hard to find around here now.
     
  15. FlatheadMan

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    I use the biggest bluegills I can get some I fill bad sending out cause we could be eatum !!!!:big_smile:
     
  16. Drawout

    Drawout Active Member

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    Thx for the reply mike and welcome to the BOC lots of great people here.
     
  17. flathunter

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    I have caught my biggest flatheads of 50 and 40-lbs on small bait, the 50 took a piece of shad and the 40 took a 4inch bluegill..I like to fish with baits appx 6-8 inches long...I cant imagine casting a bait as big as 3-lbs.
     
  18. river scum

    river scum New Member

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    johnny: for channel cats, i use a piece of cut about 1.5in. square or a glob of danny kings. for flatheads i use gills in the 4 to 6in. range, live and halved fresh. we used to use the biggest bait we could get, but found that it was not necessary. i can keep a lot more small gills alive in a bucket in summer heat than big ones. more bait more fish when they'er crankin!
     
  19. Arkansascatman777

    Arkansascatman777 New Member

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    Johnny, Im sure youve heard the old saying the bigger the bait the bigger the fish. I have seen people that beach ball and they will use a 3 lb. carp and catch 70 plus lb. fish. but thats all they are after is big fish with that size bait thats all they will catch to is either a big fish or no fish. I just like to catch fish so I stick with smaller baits from cut shad or whole 3 inch shad up to a 6 or 8 inch perch. Then match my hook size with the bait size. I catch a big fish on occasion but Im rigged up to catch any size fish. My biggest fish is a 43 lb. blue I caught on a little head off of a 4 inch shad. So you can catch big fish on little bait but you wont catch little fish on big bait or at least not a 3 lb. bait. 777
     
  20. shortshank

    shortshank New Member

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    WELCOME Mike! great to have you with us. I agree, there is a fine line between food and bait when your talking gills that size. That usually falls under one for the bucket, one for me. We use whole shad 3-4lb. for the big sturgeon with a weight the size of a tennis ball to hold it down. We don't cast, just drop it over and bounce it out. The current in the Columbia below Bonnieville Dam is amazing. When you catch a fish that you can stick your arm in up to the shoulder to get your rig back it's not so incredible.
    Don