Large Minnows, for Blue Catfish?

Discussion in 'Blue Catfishing' started by SwiftWater, Feb 10, 2006.

  1. SwiftWater

    SwiftWater New Member

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    First off, I've never tried fishing for blues in the winter, or any other fish for that matter. I mainly fish for flatheads. I'm planning to go out this evening and give this winter thing a go. I will be bank fishing on a river, and my bait options for this time of year would be limited to large 3" minnows. Shad would be the best bait, but this time of year I have no access to shad. My question for you folks is, would using large minnows be worth a try?
     
  2. vlparrish

    vlparrish New Member

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    Swiftwater, until I got a boat, 90% of my cats came from the bank on large shiners and chubs. I will still use them on occassion, when baitfish are hard to find. I say the bait will be effective. The main thing is to fish an area that has fish. That's the hard part from the bank this time of year. If you can fish when the river is running out hard, you will likely have better luck. Vern
     

  3. Itch2Scratch

    Itch2Scratch New Member

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    I would suggest you go to the Xtra Large Minnows if the bait stores in your area has them.
     
  4. RiverratSC

    RiverratSC Active Member

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    I use large and extra-large minnows during the winter because throwing the cast net is to risky.
     
  5. Dude

    Dude New Member

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    good luck and tell us how it goes and where u went
     
  6. RIP

    RIP New Member

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    I use shrimp sometimes, it's worth a try.
     
  7. Paraguayguy

    Paraguayguy New Member

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    Blues eat whatever is in their water. I see you are from VA. Last year my brother and I went in the James in Jan. I caught some Brim in a pond on the sunny side the day before. Put them in a plastic bag on ice and used them the next Day. My brother and I caught 11 Blues the next day including one 37 pounds. They like cut Brim.:) :) :) :) :) Good luck. Where in VA are you from?
     
  8. SwiftWater

    SwiftWater New Member

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    Well they seemed to outsmart me today. I used 4” minnows which produced one bite and no cats landed. All in all it was a great day to be on the water and I will try this winter thing again..

    Vern, having a boat definitely has it's advantages. I keep telling my wife the finer points of owning a boat and she reminds me i have a canoe. That's all the boat one man could ever need, RIGHT? lol. It's a new year and still no boat. Maybe next year!

    Paraguayguy, nice fish in that picture. Using bream never crossed my mind and I will try cutbait next trip. I live just south of Lynchburg..


    Thanks
     
  9. h3ohawaii

    h3ohawaii New Member

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    I fish the tidal Potomac and have to admit that ALL of my top 5 blues have chomped on 5-6 inch live chubs.
     
  10. ShilohRed

    ShilohRed New Member

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    I caught 2 blues today ( aorund 6 lbs each) on 3" minnows on sauger jigs. Was sauger fishing and it was a good fight in 40ft of water with 10/2 lb line.
    PEte
     
  11. moe

    moe New Member

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    I think blues like larger baits, but you may do fine on large minnows. Some of my friends catch the shad in the summer and freeze it. Yeah I know, frozen bait is a dirty word. But it seems to work for them.

    moe
     
  12. TIM HAGAN

    TIM HAGAN New Member

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    I have find that blues will eat all size baits large or small. I have had blues ocer 20 lbs or chicken hearts and 3" minnows and #1 treble hook loaded with dk. Just watch DH's videos he used maybe 4" of bait and had 65# blue. I have had 20lb blues hit a heart on the fall like a runaway train.
     
  13. John Rogers

    John Rogers New Member

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    I saw a fellow place a deer heart on his #8 hook just for kicks. A while later he reeled in a fifty pound blue from the James River. If I'm fooling with any hearts its generally slicing them for the frying pan!!!
     
  14. TIM HAGAN

    TIM HAGAN New Member

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    Ya but I get 5lb of chicken hearts for around 3.00 so easy bait and works great if you have kids fish stays out forever.
     
  15. wildcatter

    wildcatter New Member

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    swiftwater, this 2 past years I was having the same problem with cathing baitfish in the winter, so I started saving bluegill heads and entrails off fish I caught during the summer. I also froze some skipjacks and that helped a lot. I have had good luck with large shiners too, but they are hard to come by in the winter from my baitshops.
     
  16. Riverdog

    Riverdog New Member

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    Have any of you guys tried salting down shad in gallon ice cream buckets instead of freezing them?
     
  17. KatKaller

    KatKaller New Member

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    I have used large minnows many times on my trotlinses with great success.
     
  18. moe

    moe New Member

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    No does it work? I'm intrested, is it all dried out when you use it?

    moe