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I have had success in get some nice size Channels when fishing with them under a slip bobber set-up.
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I have found "in my experience" that all they catch is small catfish if any, and I have had like you said more drum and other crap fish on them than anything else, so I have quit using them all together.
 

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Crawfish are a natural food source for just about all fish. So when you fish with crawfish expect to catch just about anything that comes along. If your bottom fishin you will catch cats, drum, etc. Anything that runs the bottom.
If your using a bobber and fishing certain depths it is possible to catch just about anything.

When my dad used to fish the Arkansas river every Spring crawfish was his first bait of choice and I would help him go rake up a bunch. Second he would try and net shad when he ran out of the crawfish we gathered.

The problem that you are having catching nothing but drum just might be location. You may have located a more ideal place where the drum like to be more than the cats. Thus if the population of drums is alot more than cats in that spot your gonna catch drums. But on the flip side, if it is legal where you are at, fillet the drum and slice meat into strips and put it back on your hook and cast it back out. Drums make good bait and they are also good to eat if ya fix them right.

Take the drum fillet them cut into 1" strips and boil the meat in shrimp boil. You will be surprised at how good it is.

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Good morning folkes, when using crawdads do you fish them live or dead? Do you cut off the pinchers?

Jaime
Some use them hole and some just use the tales Jaimee. It's just a matter of opinion and preference on the question. Try it both ways and see what works best for you is the best advice I can give you.
 

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using just the tail on a jig is a good way to catch about anything. the problem i had with crawdads was that the turtles usually got to them before the fish. i prefer to use something like cut or live shad, and eat the crawdads myself.
 

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let me say, in my earlier dumber days about cpr i would bring all my big cats home and put them in the bait tank for pic.s the next day, i have seen 20-30 pound flats puke up soo many baits from channelcats to a hand full of craws i know they are a part of their diet. esp. during the hot summer. However, i don't think you would be successfull targeting them using them specifically..i think baits that indigenous are baits to use, but small baits like the craws is like looking for a needle in a haystack, due to the size and lack of movement....rollo
 

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i cought all 3 species of cats on crawdads.i take the pinchers off and run the hook in from the tail dowm thru the stomach and then just step on it to let the head jucies flow better.
 

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Well here is what I think I know about crawdads and catfish.

First off it seems to make a difference if crawdads are native to the water you are fishing. If you don't see crawdads walking along the shore in a couple inches of water after dark you may not be where they are in significant supply and therefore are not one of the main cat foods.

I seem to have more luck with a live crawdad on the bottom. I have used just the tails when the crawdads got up yo 5 - 6 inches or so.

I also seem to have luck on shrimp in water with a good crawdad population.
 

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I have tried them a time or two and never done any good. I just don't think they give off enough smell to really attract them from any distance. I know they eat them because as someone said I have had them throw them up although based on what I have seen in that I should be fishing with mussels shells because most of the time they had been full of them. They may have been eating crawdads while scouping up these mussels for all I know.
 

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I don't know around here (specifically at UT Martin) they raise freshwater water shrimp which they call prawns and they certainly ain't no crawdad. :eek:oooh:You can google prawn and you will see they look just like shrimp.
 

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I don't know around here (specifically at UT Martin) they raise freshwater water shrimp which they call prawns and they certainly ain't no crawdad. :eek:oooh:You can google prawn and you will see they look just like shrimp.
I guess I should have said similar. A crayfish is probably more like a tiny lobster, but still similar. I think. I am not a marine biologist though.

BTW, I have never caught a catfish with a crawdad and not many on shrimp. Probably because it is not my primary bait of choice.
 
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