Mooneye shad for catfishing?

Discussion in 'Shad Talk' started by kitsinni, Jun 2, 2009.

  1. kitsinni

    kitsinni New Member

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    Lately I have caught a couple of mooneye shad, or at least that is what I think they are. Are these any good for bait? Are they better or worse than gizzard shad?

    Thanks
    Niko
     
  2. SkipEye

    SkipEye Well-Known Member

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    You betcha they are good bait. I much prefer them over shad. They aren't a shad, they are a herring. They don't freeze well and are best used fresh.
     

  3. hunterhnc20

    hunterhnc20 New Member

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    Darryl said it all. At my home locks the stripers will eat one in about 2 mins of being on your hook. We spend more time caught bait then fishing because the stripers and catfish hit them to fast.
     
  4. Welder

    Welder New Member

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    I use here in Mo live and cut. Somtimes i get em with a cast net others on spinners, jigs, lil crankbaits and minnows. They are great bait in the rivers where they are native and thick.
     
  5. Shad gut

    Shad gut New Member

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    There great bait use them alive if you can.
     
  6. kyredneck

    kyredneck New Member

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    I caught a 24 lb flathead (trotline) on cut mooneye last year. I wish I knew how to target and consistently catch the mooneye. It was cicada year here in 2008 and we fished with them and caught more mooneye than we ever had in the past.

    Some fishermen around here think they're gizzard shad.
     
  7. wolfman

    wolfman Well-Known Member

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    The winning team of the 2008 Cabelas King Kat Classic was using fresh mooneyes for bait.
     
  8. Welder

    Welder New Member

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    try small spinners like meps alga panfish size or any small minnow plug also live minners I do best for em here during the mayfly hatches
     
  9. Moose1

    Moose1 New Member

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    WHAT DO THEY LOOK LIKE ????
     
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  11. buddyodie

    buddyodie New Member

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    To a catfish,---Fresh shad= a hamburger. Fresh skipjack= moms pot roast. Fresh mooneye = T-BONE STEAK cooked to perfection! Can't beat fresh mooneye when you can get them.
     
  12. SkipEye

    SkipEye Well-Known Member

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    Here is a good pic of one:
     

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  13. shawn 314

    shawn 314 New Member

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    Hey skipeye where do u catch those mooneyes around the st.louis area
     
  14. stinkbaitman

    stinkbaitman New Member

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    do goldeyes work as good as mooneye? we have a lot of them around here
     
  15. PHLIPS4BIGKATS

    PHLIPS4BIGKATS New Member

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    Ya cody they do. Here in KS we have had a rough year catching shad so when get into the golden eyes we are some happy SOB's. Just be sure to scale them first so it doesn't cause prob. on hook sets.

    Later,
    Chris
     
  16. stinkbaitman

    stinkbaitman New Member

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    can you keep these things alive or do you just have to use them dead?
     
  17. PHLIPS4BIGKATS

    PHLIPS4BIGKATS New Member

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    Live like shad. It takes alot to do it. but fresh cut is great to use. I use frozen also in times like these when bait is hard to catch.
     
  18. sikadelic

    sikadelic New Member

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    well whats the best way to catch them?
     
  19. sikadelic

    sikadelic New Member

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    anybody have any tips on catching them??
     
  20. wayne1967

    wayne1967 New Member

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    I thought the fish in the pic was a goldeye. That's what we always called them. Do they have small teeth? The flesh is softer than shad also if it's the same thing.