often overlooked catfish bait,

Discussion in 'Channel Catfish' started by 223reload, Aug 24, 2008.

  1. 223reload

    223reload New Member

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    Grasshoppers are a great channel cat bait around this time of year. Many of us get tunnel vision with prepared baits and fresh fish type baits, I just thought that I'd throw this in,as the best ever nite I can remember of channel cat fishing was in late july to mid aug. and they were hitting hoppers as soon as you hit the surface with one. Times like this are allways quality memories.
     
  2. bnt55

    bnt55 New Member

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    did the same thing with cicadas one year, had my wife and son in the boat and they had a ball, you could here my wife screamin all the way across the lake:smile2:, she get a little excited...
     

  3. fishnfwl

    fishnfwl New Member

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    Yes Sir Richard, matter O fact the little one and I just got back in from the pond, didn't catch any cat on them hoppers this evening but the big gills and Bass were giving her all she wanted, Also keep them Catalpa worms in mind too!!!!!!!! I think they are one of the bests..:wink:
     
  4. thoroughbred

    thoroughbred New Member

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    my question would be how would u hook them and i would think they dont stay on hook very well and cant cast far, true? how do u fish them, thx sir
     
  5. fishnfwl

    fishnfwl New Member

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    Well I don't know how 223 does his, I just run the hook from about the back of the head through the body and out (long ways) on bottom I usually cram a few on each hook my self, they cast just fine... Try them some time, around here I will use one of the bug nets that my little girl has and run the ATV down the field lane on the edge of the weeds and it will be full in no time...... :wink:
     
  6. Boomer

    Boomer New Member

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    I use a single 1/0 hook and hook under the head and come out the tail with them. They stay on the hook pretty good this way. You cant cast 100 yards with them but you can get a little distance on them.
     
  7. 223reload

    223reload New Member

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    Jerome,It don't matter how ya hook em ,if the bite is on!! I have shoved as many as a half dozen small ones on a hook,Its the scent that draws the cats to em.
     
  8. thoroughbred

    thoroughbred New Member

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    oooooooooo ok cool, thx ill give this a try cant hurt im still waiting on 1st real catfish damnit :sad2:
     
  9. 223reload

    223reload New Member

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    If you can get a buddy to help,get a short minnow sein ,and streach it between yall and run through a field,The hoppers legs tangle in the mesh long enough to grab em up.
     
  10. X24

    X24 New Member

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    I always used these for tons of crappie, bass, ect. and occasionally a small cat would hit it, but I've never really fished with it exclusively. I think I'll throw out some hoppers next time i go fishing :roll_eyes:
     
  11. bownero

    bownero New Member

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    Thanks for the post Richard! I have never used grasshoppers for cats, but for bass they are excellant too. I should give them a try sometime on the cats. LORD knows we have enough of them around here for bait. :wink::big_smile:
     
  12. Flintman

    Flintman New Member

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    Richard, I use to fish with a buddy in New Boston, Ill.
    on the Mississippi. We had on old metal sign about 3' x4' and we bent the bottom 6 inches up to form a J, then we closed each end of the J with wood & calk.
    Well we hung that old sign on the front of his 1953 Ford, poured water in the curve of the J, and we drove thru the pasture and we got more hoppers than we could ever use.They got in the water and couldnt get out. He was a commerical fisherman, we used grasshoppers and p&g soap. Man that was fun for a 14 year old kid.
    That was a lifetime ago.
     
  13. arkrivercatman

    arkrivercatman New Member

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    They are one of my favorite channel and blue baits. My Dad and I have spent hours filling up a gatorade jug with them. If you use a light on some johnson grass at night they are easy to catch, its like pickin cherries. My Dad and I have caught some nice fish on grasshoppers. Leopard frogs too. I love this time of year but more importantly I love free bait!
     
  14. brother hilljack

    brother hilljack New Member

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    You are right, I have never considered a grass hopper as a catfish bait.................................although it works great to catch me a bluegill, that does = catfish bait!!:roll_eyes:
     
  15. kyredneck

    kyredneck New Member

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    That's the way we always did it, but I liked the idea of the scoop w/water on the front of the truck, I'd say that would work good.
     
  16. stoney53

    stoney53 Well-Known Member

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    grasshoppers are great bait for most anything have used them for years i have even put them in the freezer (my wife loves that lol ) they keep well use them in the winter months
     
  17. BIG_D

    BIG_D New Member

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    i used hoppers for gills as a kid but never thout about them for kitty bait thanks guys for planting this in my head time to catch some hoppers lol
     
  18. catman4926

    catman4926 New Member

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    I agree with Frank, When I lived in Texas we would catch them yellow one and bait trots and freeze them in corn meal and they were just as good when they thawed
     
  19. Apache Flats

    Apache Flats New Member

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    Another bait often over looked is mealworms, at times they were the best bait for channels hands down.
     
  20. waynesburgjay

    waynesburgjay New Member

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    Fishing for channels kind of reminds me of fishing for trout. Find out what they are feeding on and use it.