Cut 'Gills vs. cut Shad ?

Discussion in 'Catfishing Baits' started by kyron4, Feb 18, 2008.

  1. kyron4

    kyron4 New Member

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    For channel cats what would work as a better cut bait; freshly cut Bluegill or frozen Shad (caught and frozen alive) ? "Gills just don't seem to have that oily strong smeel like Shad, yet fresh is better seems to be mosts motto here . -Thanks
     
  2. arkrivercatman

    arkrivercatman New Member

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    Take both.:wink:Id probably pick the shad,especially in current.
     

  3. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    In the Ohio river here it seems the Channels and Flatties prefer the cut Bluegill Heads. Shad does pretty good too but I've caught a lot more on Bluegill heads. I guess it just depends on your area.
    Good Luck!:wink::big_smile:
     
  4. uttatoo

    uttatoo New Member

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    i like to use both but just try both at same time and when i get a bite that tells me wich one to use also cut carp works well
     
  5. catfishcrazy256

    catfishcrazy256 New Member

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    FOR CHANNELS I PREFER SHAD
     
  6. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    I would try both.
     
  7. shania

    shania New Member

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    Both are good cut-baits, but here in the current of the Ca. Delta I have to go with the "Shad". :confident:
    :0a23:
     
  8. tncatfishing

    tncatfishing New Member

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    Shad will put a more oily slick into the water for the channels to locate it.
     
  9. Grimpuppy

    Grimpuppy New Member

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    I have not had good luck with cut gills at my lake. I have excellent results with cut shad though. I have good results for Flatties with live gills in the river though.
     
  10. loanwizard

    loanwizard Well-Known Member

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    I use both and it depends on the day. One point, cut gills will catch you 3-6 fish per bait, whereas Shad I am lucky if I catch two before the bait is gone or too tattered to stay on the hook.
     
  11. massa_jorge

    massa_jorge New Member

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    sometimes i do better on cut perch than cut shad. the good thing about perch is, if your shad aren't doing the trick, the perch are usually somewhere close! on rivers shad is always the ticket for me, or in wintertime lakes. in summer cut perch has saved many a trip for my family.
     
  12. Rockin' Blues

    Rockin' Blues New Member

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    I would rather have the fresh cut.:big_smile:
     
  13. psychomekanik

    psychomekanik New Member

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    maybe it's a time sensitive thing. i catch them good on gill heads early in the year when the waters still cool. then later in the year, after the water gets warmer. i do better on shad...
     
  14. joadb

    joadb Member

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    cut shad,all the way.its one of the best channel cat baits you can use!
     
  15. littlefisher

    littlefisher New Member

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    i use cut gills for those channel cats
     
  16. ne12dawds

    ne12dawds New Member

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    I'd say that both are equal and it all depends on what the channels feel like eating at the time...
     
  17. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    I have tried cut gills many times, never got a hit...Shad for me.
     
  18. flatheadHunter84

    flatheadHunter84 New Member

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    I have never caught a nice flatty on cut shad or perch, only live perch, but for cats i would go for the shad. If you are running trotlines you will find that a line with cut shad will catch far less turtles than a line with cut perch, I dunno why it is just my personal experience.
     
  19. neocats

    neocats New Member

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    For me fresh always works better over frozen. Fresh shad, then bluegills, then frozen as a back-up.