Goldfish for bait.

Discussion in 'LOCAL MISSOURI TALK' started by Mo.Hick, May 4, 2008.

  1. Mo.Hick

    Mo.Hick Active Member

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    I am curious if gold fish are good bait for bluecat? Never have heard of anyone using them. Just wondering.

    Tom
     
  2. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    Here in N.E. KY I do real well with them for Flatties on the Ohio River. There's not enough Blues here to target. Sorry I couldn't be more help living so far away.
     

  3. Angler2007

    Angler2007 New Member

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    I've caught several blues on them over the years. Some of my friends that run lines use them and catch both blues and flats.
     
  4. kmcalester

    kmcalester Active Member

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    Where are they running there lines at?
     
  5. catfisherman_eky3

    catfisherman_eky3 New Member

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    I agree with John gold fish around this part works great for blues, I have used goldfish before in the past why i was catfishing and have had some luck catching fish on them. Good luck to you if your decide to try it let us know how it works for you out your way.
     
  6. Mo.Hick

    Mo.Hick Active Member

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    I might try some this coming weekend. I am supposed to take a friend on Mo river saturday. Hope I can find some shad though. They are hard to beat. Always looking for different things to try. Thanks for the input guys.

    Tom
     
  7. fishingbuddy4

    fishingbuddy4 New Member

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    Where are you putting in ,
     
  8. yankee cat hunter

    yankee cat hunter New Member

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    Where do you guys get gold fish big eneugh to fish with?How big off ones do you normally use?
     
  9. Mo.Hick

    Mo.Hick Active Member

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    Havent decided which ramp yet. Either Cooley lake ramp on 210 highway or 291 ramp or the ramp at Choteoue and Front street behind sears.

    Tom
     
  10. RiverKing

    RiverKing Active Member

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    I have never caught a single fish on goldfish...I think they are about worthless on the Ohio River, I try to stay with what is natural food for the fish..Shad, skipjacks, bluegills, etc......
     
  11. Angler2007

    Angler2007 New Member

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    I know Burton's in Smithville usually has some big enough for lines. We like the ones in 3 - 7" size. I know some guys that use some really big goldfish in the summer time, like 12". Talked to a guy this morning that runs lines Around Leavenworth and I guess he did pretty good about 2 weeks ago. I know he doesn't keep too many fish, he just likes catching them that way. To each his own, I prefer the battle of catching them on rod and reel.
     
  12. Mo.Hick

    Mo.Hick Active Member

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    I would rather catch them on rod and reel also. Dont set to many lines.

    Tom
     
  13. Eudora

    Eudora New Member

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    Tom:

    I've found that koi goldfish or goldfish in general are real hard to beat when the water gets warm. I mainly target flatheads with them, but have caught a good number of real nice blues too. If they're legal, I would get a sabiki rig or two. These are great to catch skipjacks, which in my mind are the best bait for blue catfish. Threadfin and gizzard shad are good, don't get me wrong, are awesome bait, but my experience has been that if skipjack are available, blues will nail 'em. Good luck and save some for the rest of us.
     
  14. Mo.Hick

    Mo.Hick Active Member

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    I know this makes me look stupid but I dont really know what a skipjack looks like. All we use are threadfin shad. I use small carp when I can find them but mainly threadfin.

    Tom
     
  15. Phil Washburn

    Phil Washburn New Member

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    flatheads love goldfish.....target them at night with limb lines or trotlines :)