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Discussion in 'Channel Catfish' started by Stemwinder, Aug 20, 2009.
What kind of hook is best for punch bait? I've been having trouble keeping the bait on my hook.
I use the old standby no. 4 or 6 treble.In the heat of summer when I usually use the punch baits for small channels for the table I will sometimes mix cattail or get some of the small sterile cotton balls.You have to pull them apart and stir the strands in the whole time but it will help.
I am wanting to try some of the looper rigs made and sold by a member on here.I hate using a treble because sometimes you will catch a five pound or larger fish and they will swallow it.I still cut the line and let them go but I often wonder if they have a chance....
The 4-6 sponge type trebles do better for holding the bait.
I've used the dip tubes before, but I always wondered just how long the bait stays on/in the tube once it's in the water. My guess is not very long.
Rummaging around in the garage the other day, I came upon some sponges my wife had bought years ago for a painting project in the house. These aren't the type you might find under the kitchen sink, they're the rough textured and tough type that look like they just came off the ocean floor. I guess they're used for texture painting on walls and such. I tore one into manageable sized chunks and fitted a few treble hooks with them. Haven't had a chance to try them yet, but I believe they're going to work really well. With a sponge, if the bait washes off the outside, at least you'll still get a little more mileage from what's left in the nooks and crannies than you might with a dip tube or dip worm.
I hate those plastic dip tubes. I think they are completely worthless.
Jeff seems to do ok with them. /shrug
id use a number 4 treble with the spring on it.the bait holds alot longer with those.
If your talking strictly punch bait, nothing beats a #4 or #5 trebble hook. If you want to try some dip bait get ahold of Jeff with team catfish and try some secret 7, he can also fix you up with some different types of bait holders :cool2:.
I mold my bait around the trebble like power bait. I then take a piece of string and wrap it around the bait a few times:wink:
I use a dip tube and a sponge with a #4 treble hook. Works great! :cool2:
The question is about a punch bait. Here is some fundamentals. A punch bait is a fiber bait and a #2 or #4 treble works best. A dough bait is a stiffer stink bait, also called a ball bait, and the #4 or #6 treble with a spring works best. The dip bait is a softer stink bait. The best bait holder to use is a Looper Rig, Mini Furry Thng, or tubes.