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Discussion in 'Blue Catfishing' started by cliff n york, Jun 13, 2006.
how do you catch your bait and how much time do you spend
me and my buddy use a castnet when we go to catch shad. We spend as much time as we need to get enough bait.
Hmm... that depends on how easy it is to get bait and how long I have to fish.
Fishing during the week when I only have 4 hours or so:
I'll use a throw net for up to half an hour (trying for shad, bluegill if that fails). If that fails I'll fall back on tiny lures for bluegill.
If I have more time (I often stay out fishing for 12+ hours) I'll try the net for up to an hour. Failing that, lures for bluegill (unless I happened to bring worms).
Normally, I make a trip to Pickwick in the spring and stock up on skipjack. I have a 7 cubic foot chest freezer just for my bait, and it will hold about 300# of skippies. I missed going this year, though.
It depends on the availability of the bait. I've thrown once with my cast net and had enough shad to fish all day and freeze for two more trips. Then there are days when I give up after 30 minutes and catch a few bluegill with ultra-light and meal worms.
I fish on the OHio and i use a cast net to get shad, i just go up into feeder creeks, or little marinas, i have a few different spots that i can usually count on
Cliff, I use shad for the most part and I catch them with a throw net I keep 3 different sizes a 2 1/2 foot for when there plentiful a 5 foot for when they are there pretty good and a 8footer for when they are hard to come by.
For live perch its legal in my state to catch them in my perch trap. Thats easier than rod reel and worms.
Im fixing to start trying to catch some skip jack on rod and reel below the dams in the area. havent tried it yet but I am told they are not that hard to catch and they are excellent bait. Hope that helps 777
Like Jtrew I too use skipjack most of the time. I catch them on crappie jigs in fast moving water. I also use my cast net for shad.
I take some kids from my daughters kindergarden class. We go across the road to a small horse pond. I arm them with spongebob and barbie spincasts, trout hooks, and slip corks. Bait with waxworms. I'm thinking of changing to cane poles. I have to space the kids the casting distance apart too keep from hanging each other. I'm run ragged removing sunfish and keeping baited. It's all worth it. At the school's field day one of the little baitcatchers introduced me to his Mom as "Savannah's Dad, He's the coolest Dad ever". Yea, my ballcap didn't fit right for a couple of days.
A few of the members have give the Arkansas crew the title bait catchers. We enjoy catching skips as well as any fish. I fish the hot water outlet of the nuclear plant in winter, I also have a bait freezer in which I store my skips until the next winter. catching skips can be fun.
i to use a throw net for shad and gold eye herien then ill use curly tails and crickets to catch skippies
Go to a local pond for abt an hour and get all the bluegill and warmouth I need,If I want fresh shad,go to river and throw cast net a cpl times,I have plenty of frozen shad in my freezer.
I Generally Use A Cast Net For Shad & Shiners, As Others Have Mentioned The Time I Spend Really Depends On The Amount Of Time I'm Allotted To Fish.
Here In FL, You Can't Use Bluegills For Bait That You Caught In A Net, They Have To Be Caught By R/R Method BY The Person Using Them For Bait. So While One of Us Is Castnetting Off The Front Of The Boat.
weve made large minnow traps from small mesh wire big enough for big bluegill to fit through the cone all we do is bait with bread thrown them in a pond go get everything else ready then go collect the bait very easy and works great