Catfish Bait

Discussion in 'Catfishing Baits' started by catfisherman369, May 17, 2008.

  1. catfisherman369

    catfisherman369 Floyd

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    One of the most important things to think about when choosing your catfish bait is that you shouldn't choose the bait based on your own preference. Instead, your concern should be the preference of the catfish.

    In the area you plan to fish, and with the type of catfish you intend to look for, what is the best option for luring in the catch? Also, with the style of fishing you prefer, what catfish bait is best suited to your preference?

    If you are intending to fish for large catfish, remember that they prefer large meals. In such cases, a large chuck of shad can certainly do the trick. Because adult Flatheads have a diet almost entirely of live fish (with shad actually making up much of that diet because they are found in the river channels), this catfish bait produces great results.

    Use shad in almost any reservoir and lots of rivers, especially since they are readily available to fishermen. Cut the shad into chunks or strips, sizing them based on the size of the catfish you aim to catch. Cut off the head and tail and slice strips across the body for the most efficient usage, or if the shad is extremely small, you may wish to use the whole fish as catfish bait.

    The Carolina rig is probably the most popular way to fish with shad, using a large enough barrel weight to keep the rig on the bottom. If you are looking for Flatheads, use a different method, with palm-sized live shad presented near the bottom and around thick cover.:0a23:
     
  2. brother hilljack

    brother hilljack New Member

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    Sounds right to me. Thanks for this useful post. This is why the BOC is such a great site. Everyone is willing to share and help their brothers.
     

  3. Philiagorillia

    Philiagorillia New Member

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    Great little bit of info there, never hurts to remind us of the basics!
     
  4. massa_jorge

    massa_jorge New Member

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    can't go wrong with that, thanks!
     
  5. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    Thanks for the Great post! Very informative also! Reps sent your way!:wink: