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Discussion in 'Channel Catfish' started by SyKo450, Aug 20, 2009.
How would smelts work as bait for cats?
Would they even work?
the rule of thumb for me is the best cat bait is whatever is native to the waters you are fishing:wink:
Oh and welcome to the BOC:smile2:
Well, shrimp isn't native to these waters and they were biting more than with liver lol & thank ya
Yes it does work, Use the whole smelt and push hook all the way through the body. need a wire to do this.
Ric here is an article from the BOC's Outdoor Article section that might help you as far as understanding bait choice for cats, very interesting!
Welcome to the BOC Ric!
Ric i have never had success on smelt up here ...Yea a bite or two but that's about it????
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
What I decided to do actually is...
1/4lb w/ garlic salt
1/4lb w/ vanilla
1/4lb w/ vanilla & garlic salt
Hopefully something gets me the big one
Ric if you bought fresh smelt, What ever you don't frezze them there not worth a damn after that!
Not freezing them
What does suck is that they were previously frozen, but they smell fishy as hell lol
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.
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
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
Gonna try and figure out a way to cover the entire hook, not even sure what size hook to use
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.
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