Can someone explain "Gutpocket" bait

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  1. Team Hold EM Hook

    Team Hold EM Hook New Member

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    to this here georgia boy
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  2. AwShucks

    AwShucks New Member

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    just imagine a fish, such as a bass or shad...whatever type you prefer it to be. If you cut it in half, normally you'll have a head piece and a tail piece. The gut pocket is the entrails = and depending upon how cut, it may be a part of the tail, it may be a part of the head, or it may be a separate wedge cut from the fish with just the entrail, or the guts.
     

  3. SkipEye

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    Cut the tail off, cut the head off, and what you have left is a piece of bait with the 'gut pocket in it. Now thats a good piece of bait,but I like the heads too, actually the head is my favorite piece and I try to nab 'em before anybody else gets them!:smile2:
     
  4. orion_xxvx

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    When twist the head of a fresh gizzard shad it exposes a gizzard and if you take index finger and scoop out entrails all i one bunch that is the gut pack the gizzard is kinda cube shaped.
     
  5. mariofish

    mariofish New Member

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    welcome to boc good tips in boc lib check it out:wink:
     
  6. biga

    biga Well-Known Member

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    how do youhook your skip heads? i usually hook them in the eyes..
     
  7. SkipEye

    SkipEye Well-Known Member

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    In one nostril and out the other. Pretty secure that way and won't pull out easily like the eye sockets. Just work it in slowly so you don't tear a big hole. Theres a pretty tough 'bridge' of cartilage over the nostril that is suprisingly strong. Plus you have LOTS of hook exposed to catch that Cat!
     
  8. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    I agree with Darryl on this. The heads are my first choice . They have performed well for me.
     
  9. loanwizard

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    I learned quite a bit this past week on the James and these are some of the observations I made and will use thanks to Captain Hugh.

    Out of a big shad I get 4 pieces of bait. The head I hook at the bottom right where it is cut. The is a little V there that is THE TOUGHEST part. I was throwin bait as hard as I could and it never came off.

    I filleted the sides leaving the ribs intact. The sides were boneless. I hooked the corner and rolled the bait flesh side out to create a large bait that looked like a donut. Make sure you leave the hook completely exposed.

    The remainder, being the largest piece of bait is the spine ribs and Guts. Again I hook that piece in the V in the belly right by where you cut the head off. That's what I caught the fish in my avatar on.

    I scale the bait for scent and discard the tail.

    Good Luck,

    Shawn(OHIO)
     
  10. kmcalester

    kmcalester New Member

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    THis is some great information for us newbie's.
     
  11. oh no

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    Now ya got heads and ya got tails. There is nothing wrong with a piece of tail.
    :smile2::smile2::smile2:

    The guts are in between.
     
  12. loanwizard

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    Correct, but the piece of tail is mine. I'm not givin any of MY tail to no fish lol!
     
  13. catfishbills

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    The way I cut a skip for bait, First I scale the skip, then I cut from the anal fin up to the spine and over to the back of the head and cut straight down to the bottom of the gills (this give you a perfect gut-pocket that is enclosed, except for the ends) then I cut the head off, then I can fillet the remaining meat off the sides (above where the gut pocket was cut from)that gives me 4 baits. I throw the tail away. You can also just "steak one out, with about 1" steaks and then you have steaks and a head section. I used to do this, but you loose the guts real quick in your little steaks.:wink:
     
  14. stump jumper

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    after 20 years of fishing with the same guys ....no names.....they still havent figured it out i cut the bait and give everyone first choice..... no one wants the big ole narly heads..... that i did on purpose,.....year around a big ole head at the end of my rod !!!!!!
     
  15. stump jumper

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    if you ever fish one of rbtt tournaments, ask about it its my favorite,hook a 10 to 14 inck mooneye through the lips ease it out and wait...there aint nothing like a big live bait ,it will sit there and tug with all its might but it can also sense that it is a sitting duck and can tell that a big ole cat is in close to him ,live bait can tell you you are getting to get a bite before the bite!
     
  16. jtrew

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    When I'm cutting up a shad or skipjack for bait, the tail is the piece I least want to use. Unless I'm running low on bait, I don't use them.
     
  17. Mizzbigcat

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    Never heard the term before but it sounds like the bait I use.

    I catch a bluegill,3-5 inches, stomp on it or squeeze it till the guts pop out...from you know where, lol. The flatheads tear that stuff up!
     
  18. loanwizard

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    Sweetie, they might tear it up more if you kept them bluegills alive and sassy. :wink:
     
  19. stump jumper

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    HOW DO I SIGN MY OLE LADY UP FOR YOUR BAIT HOOKIN SCHOOL......LOL
    :smile2:
     
  20. stump jumper

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    IM SENDING NIKKI TO A OHIO FISHING SCHOOL:big_smile: