Bluegill for flathead catfish? - Cutting of fins?

Discussion in 'LOCAL VIRGINIA TALK' started by bigtimingcats69, Mar 15, 2006.

  1. bigtimingcats69

    bigtimingcats69 New Member

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    Stuart, Virginia
    I read something somewhere that said to cut the fins off of the bluegill and it would attract the cats by swimming harder. I was wondering if you could do the same thing with goldfish. Anybody have and suggestions on this? Also do you think crappie would work for some flattys? If so how big do you think they should be?
     
  2. rebcatman

    rebcatman New Member

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    Manassas, Virginia
    Bigtime,

    I have heard the same too. I guess it comes down to what you prefer. About using Crappies for bait, you might want to check the State regulations first I believe it might be illegal to use 'em for bait.
     

  3. bro_catfish

    bro_catfish New Member

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    Ohio ,Coshocton County
    Yeah i agree , take a second and call the DNR for VA and find out if crappie is a bait fish., its better then catching a big monster cat and having some state offical with a flash light congratulate you all the way to Jail
     
  4. basstardo

    basstardo New Member

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    Williamsburg, VA
    I was told a few years back that it's against the law to use bluegills too. The warden said they were a game fish, and commenced to dumping my bucket out. That happened in Va Beach. I have no idea for sure what the reg is, but I can almost guarantee crappie are a no-no.

    As far as clipping fins, I never liked doing that. Usually the hook in there back was enough to make them swim like a distressed fish.
     
  5. rebcatman

    rebcatman New Member

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    Manassas, Virginia
    Bass,

    That game Warden was wrong. As long as you catch the blue gill with a hook and line and not a net of any sort, you can use it for bait. However, there are restrictions in using live fish on trotlines and other non pole techniques.
     
  6. BassCat

    BassCat New Member

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    NC
    Bluegill and crappie are legal to use as bait as long as you catch them on hook & line, If im fishing with either i always carry a small pole with some sort of jig on it, so there isnt any questions by the man...my friend got a nice fine b/c the warden didnt believe he caught them on hook & line, and he didnt have his crappie rod w/ him, so he couldnt prove it, i think it also hurt his story, b/c he had crappie bream and shad in the same tank, with his thrownet laying beside the tank...

    as far as what size is best, in my oppinion bigger is better, If your fishing for monster cats...
    Good Luck,
    Mike
    (cpr)
     
  7. mack in n.c.

    mack in n.c. Member

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    cary nc
    i have heard of this, kinda like the limping impala.....lion goes after it..easy prey,but i dont clip the fins......if a flathead sees it he will get it, i dont waste my time messing with the fins...mack
     
  8. balddaddy91

    balddaddy91 New Member

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    East Liverpool,Oh
    I've tryed yhem both ways and really didnt see a differance
     
  9. bronco67

    bronco67 New Member

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    nc
    here in nc i was told you can use them for bait even if it was a sport-fish but if there was a size limit or slot limit or a creel limit you were not allowed to cut them in half cut their tail or the head off unless you were cooking them right then so be carefully technically if you just fillet them and leave the head and tail connected or use live and legal size you are safe.
     
  10. wishiwasfishin

    wishiwasfishin New Member

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    State:
    kentucky
    i have cut the tail off before and let the little bugger swim around in the water but they don't live long that way but if a cat is around they seem to hit it faster.