Live Bait?

Discussion in 'SOUTH CAROLINA LAKES / RESERVOIRS' started by catchaser1, Jul 15, 2006.

  1. catchaser1

    catchaser1 New Member

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    What is the best way to fish with bream? And do you have much luck with them for flatheads. All I ever catch is on cut herring.
     
  2. LarryW

    LarryW New Member

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    You can fish brim either live or cut depending on what you are fishing for. If for flats I think live would be better.
     

  3. wolfman

    wolfman Well-Known Member

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    Try using them alive first, if thats not working, cut the head off and use it.
     
  4. SubnetZero

    SubnetZero New Member

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    My Primary Flathead bait is Live, Frisky, Bluegill/War mouths.. If the bite is off, I switch one of my poles to cut...
    I used to hook em through the back, tween the top fin and tail. Latley, i've been hooking them through the lips and out the nose and they seem to stay alive and more active for longer .. I like my bait thrashing around as much as possible to get the the attention of ol mr flathead....
     
  5. Arkansascatman777

    Arkansascatman777 New Member

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    I agree with all of the posts above good info.
     
  6. SC Hartwell

    SC Hartwell New Member

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    I know that flatheads like their bait to be presented alive but I have caught most of my big channels on bream heads or I cut the top fin off while it is still alive and let it bleed out. I have caught a 14 lb. channel cat off of this presentation.
     
  7. Foxhound

    Foxhound New Member

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    Live bait was the ticket for us Friday night on lake Marion. My grandson caught several redbreast and a bunch of perch for us out of the canal late friday afternoon. Had one big blue (42 lbs) hit a rod in the holder harder than ive ever seen one hit.......i actually thought the rod was going to either break or get snatched out of the holder before I could get up to it. He had drag screaming right from the hit. Had two other smaller blues and one real nice flathead and lost another flathead. All on live bait. Tried to get back out to the same area Sat. night , but mother nature had other plans with two violent thunder storms complete with some of the most wicked lightning Ive ever seen. :cool2:
     
  8. live22skate

    live22skate New Member

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    i agree with everybodys posts, live bait is best!
     
  9. billcatfish

    billcatfish New Member

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    alive i think is the best good fishing to you
     
  10. CatBusster

    CatBusster New Member

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    if you use bait clips instead of hooking the fish to present as live then this will prolong its bait life sending signals for longer.

    Try fishing your bream near the surface or tie it off to an overhanging tree or bush with a weakink or elastic band

    hope this helps


    :smile2:
     
  11. REELFUN

    REELFUN New Member

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    I've been hooking my bait through the lips to keep them alive. The only problem is I have had several fish bend my rod in the holder, looking like it was hooked(I use circle hooks, no need to set the hook) only to start reeling and the fish released the bait. I suspect they are taking the tail and and never making contact with the hook. Next time I fish live bait I will hook through the back.
     
  12. weathermantrey

    weathermantrey New Member

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    Sometimes they'll hit live bream on hartwell, sometimes they'll hit cut herring better. We catch the majority of our flatheads on the cut bait, but they'res a few weeks out of the summer where we'll do way better on bluegill. I think it corresponds to when the bluegill are spawning.
     
  13. SC Hartwell

    SC Hartwell New Member

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    I have been having the same problem as reel fun. It seems like my hook does not even make contact with the fish!
     
  14. wylie catter

    wylie catter New Member

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    Me too, a few weeks ago I had a ton of hits only to reel in my bait and find nothing but the head. These were big hits. The rod would slam down once and that was it. People have been telling me to free line with my clickers on. I'm going to try it this weekend. I hope it works, cause last time sucked.
     
  15. chrisblue

    chrisblue New Member

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    Stinger hooks they work, I just started usin em.Its a little bit of a pain tyin em but they work.
     
  16. catchaser1

    catchaser1 New Member

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    what are stinger hooks? never heard of them
     
  17. chrisblue

    chrisblue New Member

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    Its where you snell your first hook on and leave alot of access line to tie another hook on some people put a smaller hook for a stinger but I use two the same size.You can hook the first hook in the lip and the second hook around the dorsel fin and you get alot more hook ups.I would do one of those fancy diagrams on how to rig this but I'm computer illiterate so some body else might do it.
     
  18. MUDHOLE KID

    MUDHOLE KID New Member

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    Don't forget that these hateful GAR run with live bait too.They'll peel for a few seconds and drop it like a bad date. I also have caught 4 bass this year on live bluegill ,so it's not always cats,I think if Mr Flat get's it, :wink: IT"S GONE MY MAN:wink:
     
  19. Skipjack

    Skipjack New Member

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    Catbusster, what is a bait clip?
     
  20. SC Hartwell

    SC Hartwell New Member

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    I have found that live herring on a drop shot rig with a 3 ounce weight and 6/0 kahle will hook up everytime. It's excellent for blues, it should work on flats.