Is it ok to leave the rib bones in the bluegill fillet for my cutbait I'm using for channel cats? Any Help well appreciated! Smitty
good question ya pose there. i have always just cut it up and never thougt twice bout it. to me i whouldnt even worry bout the rib bones.Is it ok to leave the rib bones in the bluegill fillet for my cutbait I'm using for channel cats? Any Help well appreciated! Smitty
yeah dan , its easy to over think things sometimes , your bait was fine , if you were just getting nibbles its cuz they were '' fiddlers '' . keep changing locations , remember these 3 words location , location , location ! be agressive in your search for for more and bigger fish and i promise you will find that location is the the most important part of the puzzle .Thanks for the info brothers, I was just curious, I fished some testerday on the Mississippi river and only a few nibbles and caught nothing, I thought maybe the bones could have had difference, now I will have more confidence in using fillets with bones in them. The river was up over a foot with all the past rains here in northern IL. Smitty
I do like most said but you got to agree Floyd makes a good point! fillets would def put out more smell and oil so i am def going to start doing that Thanks Floyd good post.When I am using cut bluegill I always scale and fillet off both sides and if the rib bones are in it I will cut them away . I know this is not the way most do it , but I fished just chunks next to fillets and the fillets got more bites which produced more fish . I only do this on bluegills for channels . If fishing a gill for flatheads I leave whole and alive but use a pair of scissors to trim off about an 1/8 inch of the tail . That causes the gill to swim with more stress and releases the gills oils quicker . If using shad for cut bait I will just chunk it up and use it all except the tail .
no offense to anyone or their methods, heck whatever works for you, ya know!
I see absolutely no reason to debone catfish bait. they eat these foods wild and whole with no problem whatsoever.they eat clams and snails shell and all, and crawdads too. there's a reason they have tough powerfull mouths and jaws. filleting the fish out might make it easier for small fish to inhale a larger bait, but thats all I can think of. I use cutbait like this,toss on cutting board and cut into chunks,done. On gills it's toss on cutting board and cut from top of head to just infront of anal opening, toss out tail section and bait up with head and leaking gut pouch, hang on.
Like I said I see no reason to fillet out my fish bait, but others might and if it works for you more power to ya. Nice thing about fishing, the only wrong way to do it is not to do it at all!