Good bait for Mooneye...

Discussion in 'ALL OTHER FISH' started by catfishjohn, Jun 17, 2007.

  1. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    I was just wondering what everybody that uses Mooneye for cat bait uses for bait to catch them. The only luck i've had is using wax worms under a bobber a couple feet with light test and my bluegill pole.
    I was wondering if anyone has much luck with pieces of crawlers or what. I'm gonna go in the morning and try to catch up a mess of them to stock up(freeze) for bait.
    Any luck or tips will greatly be appreciated!!! :0a31: :0a36: :0a35:
     
  2. catchinghogs

    catchinghogs Well-Known Member

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    John you are on the right track we catch them while bluegill fishing on maggots.
     

  3. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    Thanks! Thats how I started catching them...On accident. Now that i've caught cats and heard on here they are good bait I wanna stock up on them.
    Any particular time better than others or any certain places to look? I have one place where i've caught a few the past month. I can't find skippies and unable to throw my cast net(back & neck) for shad so I figure i'll stock up on mooneye.
     
  4. purebonewv

    purebonewv New Member

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    what are mooneye? i have never heard of them?
     
  5. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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  6. slipbobber

    slipbobber New Member

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    meal worms about 3ft deep. tore them up today
     
  7. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    Bumpin this back up for the early birds...Gettin ready to go in about an hour. :big_smile:
     
  8. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    I went for a few hours and not a single mooneye. I was using crawlers and meal worms for bait for them. I caught several flatties(with my cat pole) under 5lbs on crawlers but had no luck for bait!
    Any more ideas and tips will be appreciated!!! :big_smile:
     
  9. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    Bringing this back up to see if anyone else has any more tips! :big_smile:
     
  10. Arkansascatman777

    Arkansascatman777 New Member

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    John, The one we caught by accident was on a crappie jig. I've heard the guy's up north use crappie jigs to catch them just like skip fishing down here.
     
  11. big-muddy

    big-muddy New Member

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    john, where do you fish the ohio? ive never gotten to fish there, and it sounds like you catch alot.
     
  12. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    I fish it a lot in Greenup county and across the river in Ironton,OH.
    I catch quite a few flats but nothing over 7lbs this year.
     
  13. Possom

    Possom New Member

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    I use mealworms on a bobber about 4ft deep with a small split shot about 4 inches above that. I have the best luck in the morning.
     
  14. Arkansascatman777

    Arkansascatman777 New Member

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    John, We were skip fishing again yesterday evening and a guy beside us caught another moon eye on a crappie jig. He gave it to us to go with our skip's:smile2:.
     
  15. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    Thanks for the replies everyone!!! I guess i'm gonna have to try crappie jigs for them. It seems like I can usually only catch one a trip. I haven't felt like getting back out but I hope to get back after them soon.
     
  16. breadboy

    breadboy New Member

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    when i was fishing in the midwest (havent seen any around my area), i caught them using a curlytail grub on a jig, fishing for white bass.
     
  17. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    Bringing this back forward...LOL!!! :smile2::big_smile::crazy::crazy::smile2:
     
  18. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    Bump again...Need all the tips/info/areas,water cond.,,,Etc... I can get!!!
     
  19. wolfman

    wolfman Well-Known Member

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    I have caught several mooneyes on small white curly tail jigs while fishing for skipjacks.
     
  20. crappieguy

    crappieguy New Member

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    We've got both Mooneye & Goldeye up here and we catch them the same way only using half a nightcrawler.
    Best at night casting your float out into the river where light from buildings or bridge casts a shaft of light on the water...also if you see what appears to be rain on the water but it aint raining..use the sme rig run the boat upstream of the GE/ME's 7and drift back through them...very good with a pickerel rig below the float...hope this helps.