Best bait for blue catfish

Discussion in 'Blue Catfishing' started by rodney07, Mar 3, 2008.

  1. rodney07

    rodney07 New Member

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    What is the best bait for blues this time of year?
     
  2. bownero

    bownero New Member

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    Hi Rodney! Welcome to the BOC! I'm not sure what type of baitfish swim the waters of Georgia. I can be sure though fresh cut-bait is the way to go. If you have access to shad, herring, alewifes, carp, suckers.etc., definently give those a try. A nice chunk or strip of fresh cut-bait should do the trick on the BLUES. Good Luck!

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    Mark
     

  3. rodney07

    rodney07 New Member

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    Thanks Mark, I going to try some cut bait and see how I do.
     
  4. r ward

    r ward New Member

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    Rodney welcome to the BOC you could go to a fish house and get some good innards and such from where they cleaned fish recently that is supposed to be good of course all areas have different luck but a cat is a cat and blood bait is good
     
  5. bumper

    bumper New Member

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    Blues definitely like fresh cutbait. I like to use bream. I just take a pole, some hooks, and some worms and go to a creek or pond and catch some bream to use for cutbait. You won't catch as many fish with cutbait, but the average size will be larger.
     
  6. CATFISHERMAN001

    CATFISHERMAN001 New Member

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    If I am not mistaken when I lived in Ga. it wasn't legal to use bream, has that changed and if so they make great cat bait. I always fillet one side but leave it on the fish and hook the bream near the head. If it isn't legal to use bream large shiners, skip jack, I have even used mullet fillets and had good success.
     
  7. CATFISHERMAN001

    CATFISHERMAN001 New Member

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    I fillet any of my bait, whether it is shad, bream, skip jack, gold fish down one side starting from the tail all the way to the head. I cut the dorsal fin and tail fin off and hook the fish from inside the fillet side with the bone and exit the side that is not filleted. This is how I fish for blues. For Flats, I hook the live bait behind the head just below the front of the dorsal fin.
     
  8. wayne1967

    wayne1967 New Member

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    I'd have to go with a good fresh cutbait also. They are going to start stuffing themselves with winter killed baitfish.
     
  9. catfishcrazy256

    catfishcrazy256 New Member

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    welcome to the BOC (SHAD in the winter ! )
     
  10. JimmyJonny

    JimmyJonny Well-Known Member

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    Ive been using Blueback herring. I do like bream/gills but they are a pain to find this time of year where I fish. I think Ive seen 1 gill since last year, lol.

    -Jim-
     
  11. mariofish

    mariofish New Member

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    welcome to boc:big_smile:
     
  12. Cuz

    Cuz New Member

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    Fresh Skipjacks, Shad, and Asian Carp in the summer, with The Skips being my go to bait.
     
  13. dust777man

    dust777man New Member

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    Cut bait. Especially bream.
     
  14. john catfish young

    john catfish young New Member

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    Of all the baits that I sometimes use.......cut skipjacks....shad.....bluegils....or livers..... I have caught more and larger Blues on fresh cut Bluegil "HEADS". :crazy:
     
  15. LakeHoustoncatkiller

    LakeHoustoncatkiller New Member

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    I caught an 11 pounder yesterday on fresh cut freshwater drum (also known as gaspergoo) just stick to cut bait and you'll get them
     
  16. rwilley3

    rwilley3 New Member

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    skippies or shad for me now and definitley skippies in the summer
     
  17. catfishbills

    catfishbills New Member

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    Like folks have said, skips or shad, but on some days they seem to bite "gutpockets" best and some days "fillets" and on other days its hard to beat a big "head"! Different presentations of the bait sometimes are the ticket to getting a bite! Big bait or small chunks, I try to use different presentations on different rods to find out what interests the fish that given day!:wink: Some days, NOTHING gets the fish to bite!
     
  18. Texas catfish hunter

    Texas catfish hunter New Member

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    Hi Rodney, I just joined the BOC yesterday and I am really pleased with the responce I have gotten to my questions. Now about yours, I live in Abilene Texas and right now the blues have started running. My fishing partner and I use trotlines and have caught over 100 lbs in the last week alone. We use live perch or bream. The bigger the better. I put some on last night as big as my hand and took a 21 and 12 pounder off this morning. I hope this helps. Good Luck
     
  19. bigsmitty13

    bigsmitty13 New Member

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    a big slimy chunk of bleeding shad
     
  20. muzkrat

    muzkrat New Member

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    i would use whatever is local to where you are fishing. here it is shad and i use them whole or in chunks depending on size. cut gills and crappie are good too.