Ever use small channel catfish for baits?

Discussion in 'Catfishing Baits' started by FLAT, Jun 28, 2006.

  1. FLAT

    FLAT New Member

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    anybody ever use small channel cats for bait?
     
  2. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    I've used them 4-6",don't think I've ever done any good,but I wasn't catching anything then either.
     

  3. Dmitri

    Dmitri New Member

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    No, but Bullhead's make great bait.
     
  4. teaysvalleyguy

    teaysvalleyguy New Member

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    Bullheads make great bait, just clip their horns and you have one of the heartiest baits around.
     
  5. LarryE

    LarryE New Member

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    A coworker caught a 35lb flathead last weekend with a channel cat still in it's mouth
     
  6. Ahquabi_Master

    Ahquabi_Master New Member

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    i've used little cut up channel and caught some bigger channels and blues with it. if the fish are hungry they don't care if it's family they're eating:tounge_out:
     
  7. Yep, and caughts cats (including channels) on them. Small (3"-4") channels must travel in schools because I've found a dozen or more at a time in bream traps.
     
  8. ohiohawghunter45067

    ohiohawghunter45067 New Member

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    ive done well using channel cats as bait live or as cut bait.
     
  9. chrisblue

    chrisblue New Member

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    I've used channel and white cats for bait before.Its not someting I do alot just when bait gets a little thin.
     
  10. JMarrs328

    JMarrs328 New Member

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    If I'm fishing, and run out of bait, the darker meat of the channels, that you usually don't use n e way, makes a great substition for cut shad or other fish...
     
  11. janton311

    janton311 New Member

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    I think thats illegal in KS. you better check your local laws.
     
  12. dinkbuster1

    dinkbuster1 New Member

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    i have caught flatties on 'em. they arent the greatest bait but they will work. problem with channels is that they die really easy if they arent in a lot of current. they will die in no time inside a minnow bucket.
     
  13. gadzooks

    gadzooks New Member

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    In Texas, catfish are a gamefish and its illegal to use game fish for bait. Also, can't have channels and blues less than 12" in your possession either. 18" for flatheads.
     
  14. HRCats

    HRCats New Member

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    I've used cut up channels and caught other channels on it.
     
  15. ohiohawghunter45067

    ohiohawghunter45067 New Member

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    i beleive catfish are game fish in almost every state.
     
  16. catman872

    catman872 Member

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    if its not it should be.
     
  17. Katfever

    Katfever New Member

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    I don't think they are a game fish in n.c.
     
  18. laidbck111

    laidbck111 New Member

    I have in the past after I squashed one when I slipped on a wet rock. He never had a chance. It did however catch more fish.
     
  19. gadzooks

    gadzooks New Member

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    When casting my net in fast water and rapids on the Brazos in Texas, I caught a bunch of 1 and 2" catfish. Returned them to the water, though I guess it would have been possible to use them for bait since no self respecting game warden is going to climb down a steep bank and wade a half mile downstream to check the bait bucket.
     
  20. Gone fishin 4 kittys

    Gone fishin 4 kittys New Member

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    no it's a slow process, I know Pa doesn't 99% sure on Ohio

    I have a heard enough time catching the channels they can swim away!!


    Josh