Bluegill Preperation?

Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by GETHOOKED, Nov 23, 2006.

  1. GETHOOKED

    GETHOOKED New Member

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    I have heard that many people de-scale their bluegills on one side when they flathead fish. How is this accomplished? Does this lessen their life? ANy help would be appreciated.:0a35:
     
  2. neocats

    neocats New Member

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    Never heard that one, but I cut them from top to botom, close to the tail. No deep enough to damages the backbone. This allows them to bleed and also causes them to swim injured. Both natural attractants for cats.
     

  3. SC Hartwell

    SC Hartwell New Member

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    I have heard that it lets off more pheromones..... I have also heard that people step on them. It might shorten the live of the bluegill, however, they are some pretty hearty baitfish.
     
  4. GMC FishHauler

    GMC FishHauler New Member

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    i thought it was just to get hook in easier:smile2:
     
  5. massa_jorge

    massa_jorge New Member

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    in my experience a fresh lively gill with all his scales is just as effective as a scaled one. injured baitfish tend to give up and quit moving, where a lively one will continue struggling to escape. the only "alterations" we ever did to livebait was clipping the dorsal and pectoral fins on a bullhead, and even then the success rate was the same, uncut vs. cut.