Cut Bait Heads

Discussion in 'LOCAL KANSAS TALK' started by Kansas Tree Rat, Mar 25, 2009.

  1. Kansas Tree Rat

    Kansas Tree Rat New Member

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    I have noticed that most guys on here consider the head to be the best part when using "cut Bait". I was wondering if I could get a few tips on how you hook the head and what hooks you use? I am a little concerned that the head will fill the gap in the hook and a lot of fish will be missed.
    I hate when that happens...:eek:oooh:
    I was even thinking that it might be best to "smash" the head first?
    I am sure that this has been covered a dozen times but would appreciate your input.
     
  2. arkrivercatman

    arkrivercatman New Member

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    Alan, I use the heads alot and so far this year the flatheads I have caught have came on just the heads. I think it has to do with the eyes myself.:smile2:
    I also like them because they will stay on the hook for long casts.
    I use a kahle hook, sized to the bait, and hook it from the bottom lip into the their skull between their eyes. That way their eyes still show.:wink:
    Works good for me. They usually SLAM the heads.:cool2::smile2:
     

  3. unclebuncle

    unclebuncle New Member

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    But they cant open their mouths that way.
     
  4. arkrivercatman

    arkrivercatman New Member

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    They're dead!:smile2:
    Besides I dont usually like to hear what they have to say.:eek:oooh::smile2:
     
  5. Katatonik

    Katatonik New Member

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    It's okay when the fish heads talk to you, Kyle. Just don't do what they
    tell you to do. That's always worked for me.
     
  6. unclebuncle

    unclebuncle New Member

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    Ok you talked me into it I'm going to go see if I can find some heads and go to river.River wasn't up last night,hope it's starting to rise.
     
  7. Kansas Tree Rat

    Kansas Tree Rat New Member

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    Ya ALL see the kind of BS I had to grow up with......:eek:oooh:
    No wonder I has dainbramage....:tounge_out:
     
  8. ronlyn239

    ronlyn239 New Member

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    Hook 'em like Kyle says. Not only flats, but blues will smash them too. I consider the head the best part of the shad or perch to fish with.
     
  9. unclebuncle

    unclebuncle New Member

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    Well it took me about an hour to get bait but finally caugt 2 bluegills,1 small crappie and 1 small bass.Lost the bluegill heads to snags but will try again when kids get out of school so daughter can go with me.Didnt go to hole where I've been catching them because its rough fishing there and dont like to go alone.The river started coming up while I was there and I think it's release from Redmond dam because its not muddy.Came up about a foot while I was there.
     
  10. shelbygt1979

    shelbygt1979 New Member

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    I love using the heads for bait even them 10 Lbs channels love them bluegill heads I use a bigger hook for the heads and normally I only put heads on one pole I use an eagle claw king Kahle hook 9/0 or 10/0 and I hook it thru anywhere I feel like never had a problem with the gap because I use the bigger hook.

    Sometimes the best bites all night long are on the heads.
     
  11. kcgeoff

    kcgeoff New Member

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    Caught some nice cats on the heads. I usually hook them throw the bottom lip and out the top or threw the eyes. I've even caught cats on channel cat heads. :crazy:
     
  12. Katatonik

    Katatonik New Member

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    Can't get enough! Give us head til we're dead! Hook 'em anywhere!
    Cast 'm, hear 'em plop! Fishin til we drop!
     
  13. Dsage

    Dsage Active Member

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    MC Mikey P in DA House!
     
  14. n2fishn

    n2fishn New Member

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    I must be getting old:roll_eyes::eek:oooh:
     
  15. KC Jayhawk 78

    KC Jayhawk 78 New Member

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    A little head never hurt anyone. :smile2:
     
  16. unclebuncle

    unclebuncle New Member

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    I got a head but couldn't catch a fish even with river on the rise.
     
  17. shelbygt1979

    shelbygt1979 New Member

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    Try Worms on a rising river now that is later in the year so don't know if it would work this early or not.
     
  18. unclebuncle

    unclebuncle New Member

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    Daughter caught a drum and had a small flathead up to bank that got off.She was using worms.I picked up a bunch of nightcrawlers after the rain.
     
  19. shelbygt1979

    shelbygt1979 New Member

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    Just think those worms you picked up how many were washed into the river during the rain and the fish are feeding on them.:smile2::wink:IMO

    You just have to fight off the little fish before the bigger one's get a chance at them.
     
  20. JimmyJonny

    JimmyJonny Well-Known Member

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    Don't be afraid to use a large hook. I hook them through the eyes.You can cast them as hard as you want and they will stay on. They will also stay alive whole when eye hooked, if you want them too. If my hook atm is kinda small for a larger bait I hook them through the bone in the brain area, again, it will stay on when you cast really hard. Its really better to up-size the hook.

    Your on the right track about wanting enough hook exposed after your bait is on. Go bigger if ya need to.

    -Jim-