Channel catfish bait cut or live?

Discussion in 'Channel Catfish' started by tomcat85, Jan 28, 2007.

  1. tomcat85

    tomcat85 New Member

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    just wanted to see how everyone fished and what there preference was.
     
  2. tnkatman

    tnkatman New Member

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    I USUALLY USE CUT BAIT FOR CHANNELS.
     

  3. F150Catfish

    F150Catfish New Member

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    well, here I use chicken liver and nightcrawler but someday it can use shiner as livebait. my dad caught 8 pound channel on shiner. They also use cutbait shad for winter.
     
  4. s_man

    s_man New Member

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    If you are going to fish a small pond or lake at night, nothing beats a small live gill tossed right in the weeds or just at the outer edge. In the river you can find more fish with cut bait. The smell travels down stream and the fish follow it back up.
     
  5. neocats

    neocats New Member

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    I've caught more channels on chicken liver than any other bait, but I've caught larger ones on cut shad. Caught a few using chubs that were alive and dead.
     
  6. Phatdaddy

    Phatdaddy New Member

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    i like livers for channels but cutbait would be the second
     
  7. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    I use either chicken liver, live shinner minnows, or nightclawers.
     
  8. RiverKing

    RiverKing New Member

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    I have caught channels on live bait, but i have caught alot more on cut
     
  9. floundahman

    floundahman New Member

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    In the spring I like to use chicken livers. We catch a few stripers with them as well. I've tried cut-bait but haven't caught much. We catch flatheads when fishing with live bait (mostly bream).
     
  10. waterwalker

    waterwalker New Member

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    I like chicken liver, shrimp, but I think the best is live bluegills. Its there
    natural food source.
     
  11. Blacky

    Blacky New Member

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    small live blugills, cut shiner, and shad strips
     
  12. tcba1987

    tcba1987 New Member

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    I like LIVE Creek Chubs the best and then id use fresh cut shad followed by chicken livers & then shrimp !!!
     
  13. catfishing is fun

    catfishing is fun New Member

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    alright

    I use cutbait for channels, and livers (i dislike livers now because of 3 hooks full falling down my back in one trip lol)
     
  14. fisherman94580

    fisherman94580 New Member

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    For channels, sometimes I use them whole, sometimes cut, I'll usually throw out a line with a whole one on, then another line with a shad head on, and whatever it seems like they're hitting better, then that's what I use.
     
  15. Wyocatman

    Wyocatman New Member

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    Live seems to attract more flatheads whereas i've had more luck on liver and cut shad for channels. Nightcrawlers have also produced some feverish action, especially after a rain.
     
  16. river scum

    river scum New Member

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    most always use cut bait,chubs shad and skipies. last year danny kings punch bait out fished the cut though.
     
  17. HARVRAD2003

    HARVRAD2003 New Member

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    I live in Illinois and the best bait I've found so far is Geno's stink bait from Carlyle, a few years ago I was told that it was a good channel cat bait by some fishers at the dam so back in 94 I decided I'd try some at Rend Lake. Within 6 days me and my dad caught aprox. 60 channels brought home around 45 of them and had so much catfish to eat that I was tired of them for a while, most were between 2 to 8 lb.
     
  18. Sparky Larson

    Sparky Larson New Member

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    My best sucess here in Michigan, is raw shimp with the shell on, right out of the grocery store. I also use sucker bellies cut into 1" X2" stripes. You can catch 3 to 4 cats on a stripe. Sucker really stays on a hook well.
    Sparky
     
  19. foothills

    foothills New Member

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    channels seem to like dead bait best...they will eat live bait but you will also have more of a chance to catch other types of catfish with live bait...when i say dead bait i don't mean rotten...use fresh dead bait...whole or cut herring or shad are real good baits...also FRESH large shrimp work well.
     
  20. BigCatDreaming

    BigCatDreaming New Member

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    I find it hard to go wrong with live/cut bluegill and/or live/cut Sucker Minnows. I caught my largest on a sucker minnow with the tail cut off.