creek chubs any good?

Discussion in 'Catfishing Baits' started by littlebigman, Feb 7, 2009.

  1. littlebigman

    littlebigman New Member

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    are creek chubs any good for catfish. i use them for sauger fishing but was just wondering if they work for catfish.
     
  2. Netmanjack

    Netmanjack New Member

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    In my book they're the best Forrest. Dead or alive. Of course I like them to be alive though. If they do die on you try and keep them cool. :wink:
     

  3. Hoopie

    Hoopie New Member

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    Creek chubs are an excellent source of cat bait. I catch channels and flats on them.
     
  4. fishnfwl

    fishnfwl New Member

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    Yes Sir, have to agree with both, great bait to have.
     
  5. heyop_erator

    heyop_erator New Member

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    What are they and where do you get them?
     
  6. kyredneck

    kyredneck New Member

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    Teri, they're a minnow that can get several inches long and they generally live in creeks. They're also excellent baitfish for alot of game fish, they're just generally not too hardy and usually won't stay alive too long on the hook like a bluegill will, but they are hardier than shad. Hope this helps.
     
  7. littlebigman

    littlebigman New Member

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    they are like a minnow but they are in creeks, and i catch them in a minnow trap i bought from walmart.
     
  8. catfishrollo

    catfishrollo New Member

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    They are one of my favorite baits as well. A 6 or 8 inch, live creek chub is deadly for big flatheads and channel cats...rollo
     
  9. billyum2

    billyum2 New Member

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    I call em suckers the ones I've been using the last year or so are like the white sucker (picture attached)

    As said they are found in small creeks and in pools under road crossings.

    I fish for em same as perch with ultralight with 1/4" pinch of crawler small bobber and hook slow reeling close to bottom.I've caught em up to 8"-10" but put them back and use 4"-5" .

    Great fighters and bait I might add.
     

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  10. trellon

    trellon New Member

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    you can also get them in a cast net its a little tricky but it does work.
     
  11. billyum2

    billyum2 New Member

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    Welcome to the boc!

    What types of waters do you find em in?
     
  12. Welder

    Welder New Member

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    A 1\4 bar mesh cast net works great just make shure it leagle to use. I got some holes one good cast and I got bait for all night.
     
  13. Dirtdobber

    Dirtdobber Guest Staff Member

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    If you want to have some fun, take you ultralite rod and reel, can of worms and catch your chubs. Grandkids love doing this and I get catfish bait.
     
  14. FLATHEAD STEVE

    FLATHEAD STEVE New Member

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    I agree with Rollo, and "they will" stay alive for long periods of time, I have kept them alive in my bait tank for over a month and on the hook for several hours.....one of the more active fish you will find with a hook in them:wink:
     
  15. FishinGuy

    FishinGuy New Member

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    creek chubs are great cat bait alive for flats, dead or cut for channels. my biggest flat to date was on about a 3 or 3 1/2 chub. but im not the most experienced flat fisherman. there is a difference between suckers and creek chubs, totally different mouth and scales. i catch mine in a creek about fifteen feet wide with a minnow trap and any type of bread. there tends to be more of them in holes and slow moving water. are there any creek chubs living in the three rivers???? or just in their tribs?
     
  16. catman-j

    catman-j New Member

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    I too consider them the best dead or alive. I live in an area where shad aren't available because our genius game and park people won't let us use throw nets to catch them but when a alke gets over populated with shad they will kill the lake out and start over. The problem with chubs is the cost. 50 cents to a dollar each. If you have a creek nearby buy yourself a seine and try catching them yourself.
     
  17. poisonpits

    poisonpits Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    creek chubs are a good bait here to and i have good luck keeping them alive by adding a little ice to the water to keep it cool.i also use a little aireatoror to help with keeping oxygen in the water.
     
  18. psychomekanik

    psychomekanik New Member

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    That my friend is a sucker, or a sucker chub. I'd imagine if it's not a plain old sucker it's a cross between the 2. we have them here too. here's a common chub.
    http://www.google.com/search?q=cree...-us&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&startIndex=&startPage=1
     

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  19. gary_allen_85

    gary_allen_85 New Member

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    i also think creek chubs are really great baits i just went today and caught around 60, i usally freeze them before going fishing the larger ones i fillet a side of of them and use that fillet
     
  20. Ky_Katter91

    Ky_Katter91 New Member

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    Maybe my favorite bait for big shovelheads.