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Discussion in 'Catfishing Baits' started by barren river katman, May 11, 2007.
any one ever use shiners for catfish how effective are they at catching catfish
I haven't fished for catfish w/ shiners, but i've caught them on shiners. I've caught a couple nice flatheads and channels on a jig tipped w/ a shiner, while fishing for smallmouth bass and walleye. I use a 1/8 or 1/16 oz. jighead depending on the current. Hope this helps.
I have use shinners for catfishing, it aint the best bait but it will work.
When I go crappie fishing, and can't seem to locate them, sometimes I will remove the bobber, and let the minnow sink. Have caught many channelcats this way. They love shiners too.
Shiners are the mgic bait for hammer catfish. I am not talking about those puny little crappie or bass size shiners Im talking 6"-12" shiners. They also make excellent cut bait very oily and bloody fish. Good luck.
I dont think they are as good as creek chubs, but I've caught alot of nice cats on them.
if i were you i would cut it open or cut it up. if you use a live one i think you will catch a lot of bass and very few cats
They work great for catfish the only thing is the bleugill and bass get to them first most of the time. I have used river shinner all my life for channels whole and cut, dead and alive.
you will have better luck with shiners caught at the creek near by the river/lake you will be fishing then the store bought shiners.:big_smile:
this last winter i couldn't find any shad, so i had to use 5" river shiners. i slammed them on the ground and punched a circle hook down the throat and out the side. after about 10 minutes in 40' of water, it was non stop action till the sun came up.
the big ones are pretty oily too, and work good cut into chunks.
use bullheads they are stronger and live longer. shiners work well but they arent as tuff
I use river shinners about 4'-7' long for the channels up in ND..
excellent bait.. dead bait///
Shiners are usually old reliable. When nothing else is working can always catch some on shiners. Flatheads or channels.Have used them alive or freshly dead with success. Never tried them as cutbait though
I used to use shiners to catch small blue cats on jugs in TX. They are a good standby if you cant get natural baits by castnet.
Just remembered watching an old Infisherman show back when the Linder were on it and the used 4-6" shiners to fish for flatheads at night. They had pretty good success
I fish a small river (more of a creek) that is loaded with 2-8lb channels. I always go catch some live shiners with a piece of nightcrawler, and use them for cutbait. Works everytime.