Rock Bass for bait

Discussion in 'Catfishing Baits' started by JMarrs328, Jan 5, 2006.

  1. JMarrs328

    JMarrs328 New Member

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    Has anyone ever used live rock bass for flatheads? I was fishing yesterday and a caught a small rock bass on a spinner while i was waiting for one of my cat poles to move. I gave to a guy fishing a little further down from me who was fishing for flatties. Has anyone else ever tried them?
     
  2. dinkbuster1

    dinkbuster1 New Member

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    i am convinced they will eat anyting that swims. only things i havent caught them on(but i tried)were saugeye and baby gar.
     

  3. Pennsylvaniacatchaser

    Pennsylvaniacatchaser Well-Known Member

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    JMarrs328 - I've caught them on White Bass and I'm certain Rockbass would be just as effective.
     
  4. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    Rockbass are excellent flathead bait..I prefer to use them over bluegills..Rockbass and Green sunfish are my two favorite live baits.
     
  5. JMarrs328

    JMarrs328 New Member

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    Thanks for the response guys :) !!! How long would you say a rockbass will stay alive. In other words, how many will i need for 4 hours of fishing?
     
  6. osageCo_flathead

    osageCo_flathead New Member

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    A rock bass (we call them goggle eye perch here) can outlive any perch. I always bring more bait than I'll use in case they decide to hit hard. Nothing sucks more than running out of bait when they are biting. I always bring a perch pole and catch bait while I catfish.
     
  7. Desperado

    Desperado Active Member

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    I like using rock bass for bait. They seem to be more lively then a bluegill.
     
  8. H2O Mellon

    H2O Mellon New Member

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    I've caught Flatheads on cut Rockbass too, don't forget about the head. ;)

    My question though is, did he catch any Flats? It's gotta be just as cold there in PA as OH.
     
  9. SangamonCatKiller

    SangamonCatKiller New Member

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    I absolutely love rock bass for flathead bait. Here in central Ill. when we are rounding up our bluegill and shad for the night we always run into a large number of rockbass. They are of course kept in the same bucket as the bluegill. As far as which one I'd rather have on my hook? I'd take either one.
     
  10. SangamonCatKiller

    SangamonCatKiller New Member

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    BTW, the rockbass live longer than most bluegill when on the hook and they seem to have a little more swim to them. Hope that helps!
     
  11. micus

    micus New Member

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    Don't think you can use rock bass in MO. considered a game fish.
     
  12. trad_archer

    trad_archer New Member

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    Its also illegal to use game fish here in Alabama. We can use bream but they have to be legally taken (no baskets) Rock bass are very good live baits though, i use them in our pond all the time.
     
  13. rockbass

    rockbass New Member

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    Hey now guys, I know I coudl handle losing some weight, but why all this talk about using me for bait? :eek: :eek: :eek:


    Ok I know I am dumb.........I do also use rockbass for bait. I like them almost more than gills cuz they seem to kick more than gills of the same size. :cool:
     
  14. zappaf19

    zappaf19 New Member

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    Man I have been throwing rock bass back! :eek: Not any more! :D
    Bill
     
  15. Shawn

    Shawn New Member

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    i would think rock bass would be great. I agree on the sunfish being hardier than bluegills, and bullheads are pretty hard to kill too. Of course in IL, as long as you observe the size and creel regulations any fish caught by hook and line can be used for live bait.

    shawn
     
  16. katfish hunter

    katfish hunter New Member

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    never tried usin rock bass, but a creek down by my house is loaded with em. I'll try em.
     
  17. TEAM CATTER

    TEAM CATTER New Member

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    Rockbass Are One Of My All Time Favorite Flat Bait They Will Out Live Bullheadsand Most Other Baits.i Had Them On Trottline For 12hrs Before&were Still Kicking.