Preparing Goldfish for flathead catfish

Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by adam5206, Mar 27, 2006.

  1. adam5206

    adam5206 New Member

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    What is a good way to prepare goldfish for flatheads in small ponds. Average fish here are usually about 20-50 pounds.
     
  2. SwiftWater

    SwiftWater New Member

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    prepare a goldfish? lol
    you aren't using them for tablefare are ya?

    j/k

    i usually hook behinde the dorsal fin, or through the the bottom lip up through the nostril of goldfish.

    good luck, and welcome to the boc
     

  3. Pennsylvaniacatchaser

    Pennsylvaniacatchaser Well-Known Member

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    If you mean by "prepare" getting the bait ready to use. I would dump about half of the water out of the bait bucket and replace it with water from the pond you are fishing and give the goldfish a little time to adjust before using them. We can't use goldfish for bait here in Pa.:sad: But I learned that from a Catfish video!
     
  4. adam5206

    adam5206 New Member

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    lol. What I mean is how to present them. A friend that a used to fish with last summer said you break there tail somehow that doesnt kill them, and they have to flutter and cant lay on the bottom. Does anyone know how to break there tail without killing them?
     
  5. Rat

    Rat New Member

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    Adam, I've never heard of breaking their tail, but if you cut off most of the tail fin, you should get the same results. Stay out of the meat, clip the fin only and they should last as long as unclipped. A pair of scissors will work, or a cutting board and sharp knife.
    Rat
     
  6. Jroc777

    Jroc777 Member

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    I have also heard of people scaling one side of the fish to make it swim erratically. Me personally I just hook em and throw em in. I figure the more natural it looks the better.
     
  7. FlatGetter

    FlatGetter New Member

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    I want to know where that pond is, fish averaging 20-50#:) (LOL). Sometimes I will cut off some of the tail of a bigger baitfish if I dont want to switch weight sizes. But that does make them lay more on the bottom and become inactive. I usually throw a bait alive thats not hurt and a bait scaled alittle.