River fishing for blue catfish - Best Size To Cut Bait??

Discussion in 'Blue Catfishing' started by Ryan 57, May 14, 2008.

  1. Ryan 57

    Ryan 57 New Member

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    I have been river fishing for quite a while now and I have never caught a blue over 25lbs. I catch tons of smaller ones but no monsters. I was wondering if it had anything to do with the size bait I am using?? I usually use skipjack cut into a 2in. by 2in. chunk. Should I go bigger????
     
  2. crazy

    crazy New Member

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    Make the fish dictate how big of bait you use. Some nights they don't care how big it is they are going to smash it. Other nights they may prefer a small chunk. Big bait big fish also holds true.
     

  3. catfishbills

    catfishbills New Member

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    Josh, hit the nail on the head! I have been set-up and using BIG baits and didnt get a bite for 30minutes and changed to small chunks and "Bingo"!:eek:oooh:
     
  4. BajaCoop

    BajaCoop Well-Known Member

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    I think it is best in any situation to try a variety of types and sizes of baits on each trip and see which ones perform the best before you decide on a set type and size.

    Fish are going to change their minds on what they want as conditions change, even conditions that we do not notice.
     
  5. kmcalester

    kmcalester Active Member

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    I think you have gotten the right idea's guys.
     
  6. cumberlandcat

    cumberlandcat New Member

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    I used to use only big baits big fish but I have changed that technique. Like the guys are saying trying a few different sizes. Sometimes I think if they have been feeding heavy they may not be wanting a big chunk of bait but if you present a little chunk well its like a cookie after a big dinner you can still find room for just one small cookie.
     
  7. Ryan 57

    Ryan 57 New Member

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    Thanks for the info guys, will try different sizes next time i'm out!
     
  8. I believe that the bigger the bait the more likely you are to catch bigger fish.

    sTRICTLY Catfish
     
  9. rodenberg

    rodenberg New Member

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    some of the biggest blues I have landed was on small bait ( 1in x 1in )
     
  10. Wiscars

    Wiscars New Member

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    When we bank fish we always use two poles and for good reason. The big outfit or "Homerun Pole" gets a whole skipjack with 10/0 and 8/0 octopus circles or kahles tied in tandem like Wild Wolf products sells from Lakeview Ark. Hook skip thru nostril then out middle of chin to prevent spinning from open mouth . A common problem when hooked thru the eyes in current. The other pole uses smaller hooks from 6/0 circles to #1 eagle claw baitholders. The 4/0 gama kahle is a favorite. Let the fish tell you what they are biting on! Fish both for a true comparison . Big fish seem to zero in on the lightest outfits at times. Good fishing!:cool2:
     
  11. catfishscotty

    catfishscotty Well-Known Member

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    -i would try using the head cut the head off about a inch behind the gill plates so you have a little meat and also take a pair of syscors and cut the gill plates off to exspose the red gills we do this with our shad and seems to work well.

    also try a big fillet of the skip jack and trim off the rib cage and just use a nice thick fillet meat about 3 to 6 inches long.