Smelts for catfish bait

Discussion in 'Channel Catfish' started by SyKo450, Aug 20, 2009.

  1. SyKo450

    SyKo450 New Member

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    How would smelts work as bait for cats?

    Would they even work?
     
  2. snakeman76

    snakeman76 New Member

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    the rule of thumb for me is the best cat bait is whatever is native to the waters you are fishing:wink:
     

  3. snakeman76

    snakeman76 New Member

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    Oh and welcome to the BOC:smile2:
     
  4. SyKo450

    SyKo450 New Member

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    Well, shrimp isn't native to these waters and they were biting more than with liver lol & thank ya
     
  5. sharphooks

    sharphooks New Member

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    Yes it does work, Use the whole smelt and push hook all the way through the body. need a wire to do this.
     
  6. CatHunterSteve

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  7. Catpaw

    Catpaw Well-Known Member

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    Ric i have never had success on smelt up here ...Yea a bite or two but that's about it????
     
  8. SyKo450

    SyKo450 New Member

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    Well I got a pound of smelts, I'm going to use 1/2lb of them fresh and the other half I'm gonna let marinate overnight in vanilla and garlic salt, see with which it works best
     
  9. SyKo450

    SyKo450 New Member

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    What I decided to do actually is...

    1/4lb w/ garlic salt
    1/4lb w/ vanilla
    1/4lb w/ vanilla & garlic salt
    1/4lb fresh

    Hopefully something gets me the big one
     
  10. Catpaw

    Catpaw Well-Known Member

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    Ric if you bought fresh smelt, What ever you don't frezze them there not worth a damn after that!
     
  11. SyKo450

    SyKo450 New Member

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    Not freezing them ;)

    What does suck is that they were previously frozen, but they smell fishy as hell lol
     
  12. Catpaw

    Catpaw Well-Known Member

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    Ric try using the lightest weight you can and just lob them out into the water or there just going to fly off the hook every cast you make! There a real soft body fish but nice and oily too ...Good fishing and i hope you catch some kitty's.
     
  13. SyKo450

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    I noticed how soft the belly area was when I was washing sorting them out into separate bags, it like disintegrates

    Think I'll try and stick with the 1 oz weight
     
  14. Catpaw

    Catpaw Well-Known Member

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    Your best bet to run the hook is thru the bottom jaw and out the top of the head or your just going to chumming the water lol
     
  15. SyKo450

    SyKo450 New Member

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    Gonna try and figure out a way to cover the entire hook, not even sure what size hook to use
     
  16. oahegw

    oahegw Member

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    We have smelt here in Lake Oahe. I've used them this spring on my trotline and found that they were not as good as shrimp or night crawlers.
    Frogs seem to be a hot item here now also, but I'm getting too darn old and slow to chase those jumping critters.

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  17. SyKo450

    SyKo450 New Member

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    Well, smelts didn't work as good as I thought they would

    1. They were frustrating to put on the hook
    2. In casting, they would fly about 6617968768 yards
    3. They disintegrated when I was trying to put them on the hook


    But I did manage to catch a couple of 4 pounders with chicken liver, a 2 pounder on vanilla shrimp, and a 3 pound carp with vanilla shrimp also, apparently, big treble hooks rule, pics coming in a few
     
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