Cut bait for flathead catfish

Discussion in 'VIRGINIA RIVERS TALK' started by Reel_Blues, Aug 10, 2009.

  1. Reel_Blues

    Reel_Blues New Member

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    I have been reading alot of posts about guys using cut bluegill for flats. I have always used live for flats but am going to give the cut gills a chance. Has anyone had sucess in the Lynchburg/Amherst county area using cut gill if so please exsplain how you present your bait. I have a pretty good idea but any advise is greatly appriciated. You can never know enough tricks when it comes to catfishing.:big_smile:
     
  2. Catfish_Scooter

    Catfish_Scooter New Member

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    :smile2: Never hurts to try cut baits, but if i was you id stick to live bait. IMO thats what they always have went for.
     

  3. ccjfamily

    ccjfamily Member

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    Definetely stick with the LIVE BAIT. I only use cut bait if all my live bait has been used up and I catch a bream who swallowed the hook to far down and is almost dead. If this is the case, then I use only the head, but like I said, this is only if all live bait is gone.
     
  4. Paraguayguy

    Paraguayguy New Member

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    I catch a few Flatheads in the Tidal James in the Spring on cut Hickory Shad. I am targeting Blues but was told by a guide that the flatheads move downstream in the Fall looking for deeper warmer water. Early Spring they start moving back upstream, I guess with the spawning shad, with final destination the fall line rapids all thru Richmond. I don't know for sure, just what I have been told. Never hurts to put a bloody hunk out there and try something new.
     
  5. jeremiad

    jeremiad Well-Known Member

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    Have any of you ever had any success with store-bought packaged baits, such as the preserved fish (not frozen, just dried and packaged)?

    Just wondering...
     
  6. ramon06

    ramon06 Well-Known Member

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    Fish are unpredictable, I catch more blues on live gill and more Flats on Blue Gill head lol, go figure. But I always have one pole with live Gill, one with Gill head, one with Eel chunk and one with live Eel or whatever else I bring for bait.
     
  7. Jollymon

    Jollymon Well-Known Member

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    I have had some luck with cut menhadden here around wilm lately ,had cut an live bream out an eel but the fish hit the manhadden go figgur :wink::smile2: