Best bait for river channel catfish is...

Discussion in 'Channel Catfish' started by reelking92, Jun 11, 2007.

  1. reelking92

    reelking92 New Member

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    my personal best channel cat (15#) was caught on a fresh chub head in early spring this year. But i cannot find anymore chubs and i have used all the ones i had frozen. What else will work?
     
  2. BigCatDreaming

    BigCatDreaming New Member

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    chicken livers, stinkbaits, cut sucker, cut shad, hot dogs, cheese baits, gizzards, shrimp, nightcrawlers. The list is almost endless
     

  3. kickin_wing

    kickin_wing New Member

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    I like cut shad :smile2:
     
  4. catstalker459

    catstalker459 New Member

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    this is a broad topic for cats, u can use just abou anything but the kitchen sink. hotdogs, soap, liver, bluegill, dog food u name it they will bite on it if they are hungry
     
  5. shelbygt1979

    shelbygt1979 New Member

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    I would try some live green sunfish or just blue gills because anything big and hungry would eat a fresh live 8"-10" blue gill
     
  6. reelking92

    reelking92 New Member

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    shrimp and hot dogs i've used before but soap? what kind of soap catches cats? liver only catches dinks where i fish and stinkbaits never seem to stay on the hook long enough to work even with dipworms or springs.
     
  7. KYTRAPPER

    KYTRAPPER New Member

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    Cut gill', nightcrawlers and liver work well in the rivers here.
     
  8. anchorpuller

    anchorpuller New Member

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    I've heard Ivory Soap will do it.. never tried it though.
     
  9. Catpaw

    Catpaw Well-Known Member

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    The soap a lot of people use a ZOTE try it some time.
     
  10. Ghoulscout 13

    Ghoulscout 13 New Member

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    i prefer cut or live gills they stay on forever and if using live, just dont want to die.......until that hungry cat of your dreams eats it :)
     
  11. godsglad8tor

    godsglad8tor New Member

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    zote soap also works, its made in mexico and is made with animal fat, said to be 67% animal fat
     
  12. jtrew

    jtrew New Member

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    Soap definitely works, but it's a really slow bite; best used where it's going to be setting in the same place for hours, like on a trotlilne. I like using skipjack or shad because that catches both blues and channels---more blues than channels. When I tried using cut bream, I caught channels, but no blues.
     
  13. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    Chicken Livers, or Nightclawers.
     
  14. Bacardipr05

    Bacardipr05 New Member

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  15. River_monster91

    River_monster91 New Member

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    shrimp works really good in the river channel that i fish


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  16. Cat Hunter

    Cat Hunter New Member

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    chicken liver, chicken liver, chicken liver. I have been using chicken liver on rivers for years, they love it. And it is cheap and I like cheap. Just put alittle salt in the tub the night before to toughen them up alittle and you are good to go.
     
  17. shania

    shania New Member

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    Hey Karen,

    I fish in the Ca. Delta & in the Delta Cutbait (Bluegills), Shad & Stinkbaits rule in that River. :wink:
    :confident:

    If you were to float a small Bluegill or any piece of Cutbait out there - well - there's no telling what would come along there and hit it.

    And that works in alot of Rivers out there. :wink:
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    Take it easy,
    Bert:cool2: & Shania:0010:

    :worship::0a23:
    Bert & "Deltalover"
     
  18. JMarrs328

    JMarrs328 New Member

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    Cutbait and dead minnows work well.
     
  19. RegulatorX

    RegulatorX New Member

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    Gobs of Nightcrawlers have never failed me. The more you can get on the hook the better.

    Derrick Berrier
    Louisville, Ky
     
  20. wpg_catfisher

    wpg_catfisher New Member

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    hey i love using raw tiger prawns (big shrimp) cut goldeye or cut drum last weekend i cought a nice 34.5" cat and a couple in the low 30's i also cought a 35.5 and a 36 on cut drum so either seem to work great for me