Goldfish as flathead catfish bait?

Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by F150Catfish, Jan 7, 2007.

  1. F150Catfish

    F150Catfish New Member

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    I wonder if anyone try use goldfish for flathead??
     
  2. catsnhemis

    catsnhemis New Member

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    They work well. Can only use em in rivers though. Just check the regulations on it.
     

  3. ka_c4_boom

    ka_c4_boom New Member

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    iv heard they were good bait in the ohio river iv used them once to no avail but prefer shad
     
  4. catmanofohio

    catmanofohio New Member

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    i hear a lot of ppl braggin about how good they work.. esp in the ohio river.. but i hear about more ppl using blue gills...
     
  5. F150Catfish

    F150Catfish New Member

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    yea I have been use 3 to 4inch bluegill but caught only 19in flathead.. it may bad fishing day for me...
     
  6. upncomincatfishking

    upncomincatfishking New Member

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    i don't know bout indiana but in ohio you can fish with goldfish in lakes.but they're allright for blues but if i was you i would go with bluegills and it's against the law but crappies are the best bait ever biut 5-6inchs long
     
  7. kat in the hat

    kat in the hat New Member

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    I will take some goldfish to use as a last resort if needed, but I find that just about any other baitfish works better than goldfish. I've never had spectacular luck using goldfish. In fact I usually get skunked if I don't have fresh shad, and lively bluegills. I have caught a 15# flathead on them, and heard of others catching a few with them, but not consistantly.
     
  8. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    I have never try goldfish.
     
  9. Eudora

    Eudora New Member

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    Hey there:

    I swear by goldfish. They last long on the hook, and if you hit the spinal cord, they'll spaz out for hours. Get a handful when you go out, and you'll be all set. Just make sure they'll legal to use as bait.
     
  10. Ghoulscout 13

    Ghoulscout 13 New Member

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    ive heard they can work well...but check your regulations or you could be looking at a lot of toruble
     
  11. Pylodictis Olivaris

    Pylodictis Olivaris New Member

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    they work great! They last longer then bluegill and always seem to keep kickin'. I use them 75% of the time. I actually have an old farm pond stocked with em...they multiply like rabbits.
     
  12. slimcat

    slimcat New Member

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    Goldfish work decently at times but its hard to beat perch or bluegill. I think bluegill just work better.
     
  13. tnkatman

    tnkatman New Member

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    I Got About 25 In A Rubbermaid Bait Tank Now Getting Ready For Spring. I Usually Get A Few And Fatten Them Up Because The Ones You Get At The Stores Are Usually Small.
     
  14. F150Catfish

    F150Catfish New Member

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    yea I will try use goldfish in summer, which best use goldfish in daytime or night time??
     
  15. alton

    alton New Member

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    I have caught blues but no flatheads. They certainly stay alive for a long time. Bluegill also stay alive for a long time and are much easier to catch.
    Goldfish are pretty expensive to buy at a baitshop. All said and done, around here the skip and shad are still the bait of choice in the Mississippi.
     
  16. catfishn72

    catfishn72 New Member

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    my biggest fish using gold fish was 30# i only use them when other bait cant be gotten.
     
  17. F150Catfish

    F150Catfish New Member

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    you caught blues on goldfish?????
     
  18. Ice-Berg

    Ice-Berg New Member

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    I like goldfish/bluegills live, because they elminate the peckers that rip fleshy baits off the hook.
     
  19. sharkn1979

    sharkn1979 New Member

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    for me during the colder months goldfish work well but during the spring and summer i prefer a 4 to six inch red breast for the lager flatheads
     
  20. james_s333

    james_s333 New Member

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    ppl all over ohio use gold fish.....and here on the muskingum ppl get flatheads on them they mostly use 4 inch or better