How big bait do you use

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  1. Flat Top

    Flat Top Well-Known Member

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    I use small bait...I catch small fish. I would like to catch big fish, but, they scare me!!!!:eek1:
     
  2. Big Sam

    Big Sam Well-Known Member

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    Dang wesley that mullet looks good..you need to bring some and throw them around tawakoni when it gets cold
     

  3. Flat Top

    Flat Top Well-Known Member

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    smoked mullet,,,yummy!
     
  4. Indianaflatheadhunter

    Indianaflatheadhunter Member

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    I like 8/0 circle hooks
     
  5. Steve H

    Steve H Active Member

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    Caught a 20lb flathead a few years ago that ate a 3lb channel cat that I was reeling in one night. By the time I got it to the boat the channel was deep in his stomach and only the tail was sticking out. I use hand size baits at a minimum on the ms river...often bigger...pound or more!
     
  6. SPAZ182

    SPAZ182 Active Member

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    I am a believer! I think the only reason the 200lb cat hasn't been caught is because people aren't throwing monster baits. Seriously, a 100lb+ cat can eat a 20lb bait with little effort. I've caught 10lb channel cats on 1lb+ baits. Heck, I've landed 3lb flatties on nearly 1lb baits. There are loads of videos of guys getting flatties hitting cats that are already hooked on baits.

    As far as I'm concerned supersizing baits is just eliminating smaller bites...

    That being said, every time I have thrown anything in the 2lb+ range I've come up blank...

    Peace,
    Chad :)
     
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  7. tbarnby

    tbarnby New Member

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    Basically, whatever I can get in my cast net. I've been fishing with my daughters lately. They both wanted to learn to catfish. So we go to a few coves, cast the net a few times...maybe hit a few docks, and use what we catch for bait. Usually bluegill and shad, maybe 7". If bait is scarce, I cut it up and give my daughters the heads. Toss em on a 9/0 circle hook below a carolina rig, and vertical drift the edges of a river channel. The girls (12 and 14 now) love it when a catfish about rips their arms out of the sockets. :) On occasion, I'll put a Drum on (maybe 10-11") as bait, and see what happens. The big drum even produce some smaller, maybe 7-8 lb fish. It's all good fun!
     
  8. 1gr8bldr

    1gr8bldr Well-Known Member

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  9. twaskom

    twaskom Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    If you normally fish with chicken liver and someone hand you a 3 inch piece if cut stop, it seems huge. If your used to fishing grown gills and you get handed a night crawler, you think "Where's the Beef. It is all relative. Try different baits and different sizes.

    If your wanting more fish, use smaller baits but you will probably not get a lot of huge fish. But a few.

    If you use huge baits, you will most likely go long periods without catching but when you do it is a good chance it will be a bug fish.

    Then there are the nibblers. lots of pecking and you reel in an empty shell.

    Just estimates but if you learn what fish are in the waters you fish and experiment a little you will figure out what makes you happy.
     
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  10. Chumbucket101

    Chumbucket101 Member

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  11. twaskom

    twaskom Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    He is out on the river tonight Gabe. In the rain I might add. dedicated