Bluegill for channel catfish?

Discussion in 'Channel Catfish' started by katlover, Aug 31, 2006.

  1. katlover

    katlover New Member

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    how well does bluegill work for channels? the ones in a pond i fish are prolly from 2-4 inches in length. what part of the bluegill should I use? how big a piece for whta size hook? thanks.
     
  2. Katmaster Jr.

    Katmaster Jr. New Member

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    They work awesome for all types of Catfish. Use them live, or cut them into 2-3 inch pieces. Use a 5/0-10/0 hook depending on the type of hook it is and size of Channel Cats you might catch.
     

  3. gcarlin

    gcarlin New Member

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    Katmaster has said it all LOL .
     
  4. laidbck111

    laidbck111 New Member

    Whole and live are just the head and mid-section, hook size needs to match the bait you are using, So in closing just what Zakk said.
     
  5. steve-o

    steve-o New Member

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    from my expierience, bluegills work best on channels, if they are made into cut bait. i tend to use the heads most often, they seem to really drive the big channel cats wild. i caugt a 9lb, 9.5 lb, 10lb, and a 14lb channel this summer, all on bluegill heads.
     
  6. WylieCat

    WylieCat Well-Known Member

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    Best catfish bait made...by God of course.

    Heads are usually the prime bait for me, but some days they will hit any part. My largest channel, 12 pounds 4 oz., was caught on a bream steak.
     
  7. benneeb0y

    benneeb0y New Member

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    bluegill are great for channels. the heads deff stay on very well.
     
  8. paleocaver

    paleocaver New Member

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    Ditto. Not bad advice there. Whole is how I use them, the size you stated should be just right for some nice fish.
     
  9. Pastor E

    Pastor E New Member

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    What can i say it all been said:surrender:
     
  10. gadzooks

    gadzooks New Member

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    Heads up, no tails, bluegills are a winner for channels and blues. Unfortunately, gar love 'em to. Still, not much is better than a gill head the size of your fist to catch a 8+ lb channel.
     
  11. jdstraka

    jdstraka Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Just a little different twist on the bluegill guys. sometimes I scale a large bluegill and leave the skin on an take a filet off the side and put it on a #3 kahlie hook, the channel cat tear this presentation UP. Don't know why but they don't fool around with it they just pick it up and take off. I think it has to do with despensing more sent into the water maybe. give it a try sometime. J.D.
     
  12. wolfman

    wolfman Well-Known Member

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    For the bigger channel cats, I use cut bluegills. The head portion seems to work the best for me. Use a 6/0 - 8/0 hook.
     
  13. whisker hunter

    whisker hunter New Member

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    I too have had best luck with the heads but I cut the head off in a manner that the organs stay with the head,works every time.
     
  14. katlover

    katlover New Member

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    thanks everyone. i'll be sure to try this stuff out.
     
  15. Flamekeeper

    Flamekeeper New Member

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    Everytime I go fishing, As soon as I get the spot I'll be fishing,I get my ultra light spinning outfit and wax worms, Mr bubbles bucket and go catch about 15-20 2-4" blu-gill, and the ones I don't use for flatheads, In which the size is perfect..

    I filet the sides off and cut them into strips, 1/2" Wide x 1,1/2" in length. Put them in a plastic bag and then in the cooler to keep them fresh..Along side the bag of Salmon strips, Them channel cats LOV'EM.:006:

    oops I forgot to mention the only defference is that I use #2-4 Gamakatzu Octopus Hooks
    ( razor sharp and strong )
     
  16. tnkatman

    tnkatman New Member

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    Katmaster Jr. & Steve-O Summed It Up Perfectly.
     
  17. Sentry Dog Man

    Sentry Dog Man New Member

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    I guess everyone has their preferred method, for the particular water they fish. So, for me, that would be whole and alive.
     
  18. tomcat85

    tomcat85 New Member

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    everyones talking about 5/0 and 6/0 hooks i just use a size 1. what are 5/0 and 6/0 hooks and what not? lol:roll_eyes:
     
  19. jailcop2

    jailcop2 New Member

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    The small one I like to butterfly and hook thru the eyes .
     
  20. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    Yep,exactly what he said.