How do you "cut" your cut bait?

Discussion in 'Catfishing Baits' started by Grimpuppy, Aug 23, 2007.

How do you use your cut bait?

  1. Cut off head and tail

  2. Use fillets

  3. Use them whole

  4. Use the heads

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  1. Grimpuppy

    Grimpuppy New Member

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    I am just curious how everyone cuts up their bait. I usually cut the head and tail off a shad or chub and fish with center part. I will also put the shad head on a line. Never have caught anything but gar off the chub head. I don't know why cats don't seam to like them. Is this the way everyone does it or do some of you fillet them and use the sides?

    You can pick more then one answer.
     
  2. blackwaterkatz

    blackwaterkatz Active Member

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    Depending on the size of the bait fish, I always use the head with part of the gut pocket, the center section with gut pocket, and sometimes part of the tail section, but I usually discard the tail. The head with gut pocket is usually the best part of all for me, with the center section running a close second.
     

  3. TA2D

    TA2D New Member

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    it all depends on what I am using, I haved used all techniques listed, some quillback I caught this summer were big enough to filet and cut into strips. I did not vote, but I would could choose all if I could.

    Aaron

    TA2D
     
  4. dust777man

    dust777man New Member

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    The best part of bait for me is the head, whether it be shad, bream, whatever I might have at the time. I have caught 2-3 on the same head before I change it. The middle part produces good but the tail has never produced a fish for me. I do sometimes fillet one side of the bait. That has worked well also.
     
  5. jwillie

    jwillie New Member

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    i like to filet one side use that side one 6,0 hooks,if to big icut in abig chunks i cut head off and use it.use it by it self.leave guts on other side of filets.thanks for listening
     
  6. loop

    loop New Member

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    When your using the head hook it thru the eyes or lips then step on it and crush it, seems to work better but you need to rebait more often if its a slow bite to keepum fresh. I think one of the keys is to keep it fresh.
    Loop
     
  7. SSgt Fishslayer

    SSgt Fishslayer New Member

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    if i am using the heads i like to hook the on top, from the back to the front with the hook point coming out right in between the eye balls. i seem to get much better hook ups this wat. if i am using them whole i like to hook them right in front of the anal fin. that way they dont bury their heads in the mud.
     
  8. CATFISH1998

    CATFISH1998 New Member

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    I like to cut the back tail off. They stay alive for a long time an they move around a lot.
     
  9. John(Bullhead)Hagen

    John(Bullhead)Hagen New Member

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    :smile2:We use allmost all creek chubs and fillet one side up to the back of the head then cut striaght down,this leaves the head hooked to the fillet.then use other fillet that has tail hooked to it.Stick hook threw mouth and out of throat 8/0 circle hook.On other half we stick hook thru top of fillet and back thru were hook point is so fillet lays striaght on hook and line.
     
  10. kingdawes

    kingdawes New Member

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    when I cut bait I use the entire fish. I cut it into hook size sections. I think the next time I do I am going to try filets. Blent the guts and put them in the bag with the filets
     
  11. joesf

    joesf New Member

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    I usually let the fish decide I've seen it where they would only eat the bait if it was dressed just right.
     
  12. SubnetZero

    SubnetZero New Member

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    I agree.. Last year,for me at least, fillets outfished pockets, heads, etc.. This year, whole or just the tail cut off seems to be producing more... Best think to do is throw out multiple choices and see what they want..
    When I cut the tail off, I angle the cut across .. Tip of knife behind dorsal find, angled down with the bottom of blade towards the tail (Hope that makes sense)
     
  13. prostreetS10

    prostreetS10 New Member

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    I like using the head and the mid section for dead bait .but i like taking live bluegills and cutting the back tail fin off. puts off alot of blood and they seem to stay alive for a pretty good amount of time
     
  14. FATFLATTIE

    FATFLATTIE New Member

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    I use head, midsection, and tail. They all work and there is no need to throw away bait, especially early in the night. You can end up regretting it later on in the night(I speak from experience).
     
  15. River_monster91

    River_monster91 New Member

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    depends on how big the bait is if ya ask me
     
  16. JAinSC

    JAinSC Active Member

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    You really need an "all of the above" answer.

    I have done all of the above at one time or another depending on the tyoe of bait, size, and size fish I'm after.

    About only generalities are:
    1 I usually like for the bait to have some guts included
    2 Dont' like plain tails much
     
  17. Big Cat Hunter

    Big Cat Hunter Member

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    I generally take a small live bait (6 inches or so) and cut the tail off and fillet down one side. This makes him bleed and also releases more scent into the water.
     
  18. SunburntAgain

    SunburntAgain New Member

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    I cut my bait with what is known as a "maja cut" to some East coast striped bass anglers. I take the shad (or preferably skipjack herring) and cut from the back of the head straight down to the pectoral fin, then cut downward at an angle ending at the base of the bottom of the tail. The Idea is to leave the head intact with the gut pocket attached. My second favorite cut is to take a crossection about 2-3" long directly behind the head from a 12-17" shad. This section will include the heart and other vital oragns if taken propperly. These are the baits I use to catch blue cats over 30 lbs.
     
  19. Dadoftwo

    Dadoftwo New Member

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    I have better luck with cut sides. I have tried the fillets but didn't seem to be as affective as cuts. If you use the heads be sure and leave about 1/4th of the body with it. This will help increase the odds. I hope this helps.
     
  20. yeppa

    yeppa New Member

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    Can you freeze the leftover cut-bait for the next trip??