Snakes as catfish bait?

Discussion in 'Catfishing Baits' started by JMarrs328, Jan 30, 2006.

  1. JMarrs328

    JMarrs328 New Member

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    Yesterday, at the river(Susquehanna), My friend and I were watching a water snake, 1-2 feet long. After a couple of minutes there was a large boil and very large flattie was thrashing around on the surface. It sort of knocked the snake out and then came back and ate it. I wouldn't have expected it to be a flattie except for the fact that it happened less than 10 yards in front of me, in a fairly clear pool!
     
  2. brinley45cal

    brinley45cal Active Member

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    Thats pretty cool ive never seen one hit a snake.But you wont find me trying to put one on a hook lol.
     

  3. s_man

    s_man New Member

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    My cousins mother in-law bought six ducklings for her farm pond, so she could watch them from the kitchen window. After a month there were only two left. She just figured the dogs or foxes got them. Till one day she was looking at the pond when one got blasted by a big flathead,lots of splashing and squawking then sucked under no more duck. The last one wouldn't go in the water any more so she gave it to a neighbor, (with no flatheads in his pond).
     
  4. Catfish_Commando

    Catfish_Commando TF Staff Member

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    Interesting Observations!

    I have seen Bass hit top-water representations of Snake Soft Plastic(s), but never seen or heard mentioned Flathead Catfish. Been lots of members catch channel catfish on soft plastics Carolina rigged, and bumping slow moving big bladed spinner baits.

    I wonder who will be the first to give a Top Water Flatheads Success post? ;)

    Of course I meant Soft Plastic Baits, not hooking live Snakes.
     
  5. pendog66

    pendog66 New Member

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    thats interesting, it would be sweet if you could get then on video. And i have heard of flatheads hitting baby ducks
     
  6. CatBusster

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    We use 1 foot long eels for catfishing, the Wels eat them like spagetti, do any of you use eels for flats? if not its well worth a try.

    I also have seen swimming snakes taken by cats, easy pickings.
     
  7. pendog66

    pendog66 New Member

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    if i can find them i will give them a try this year, im game for anything
     
  8. Whistler

    Whistler Well-Known Member

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    Not me!! It's easier and in my opinion much, much safer to catch and use good ole bluegills. LOL Or buy goldfish or big minnows or use cut bait or anything besides snakes!! LOL
     
  9. Tinboat

    Tinboat New Member

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    I used eels a lot as bait in Va. About 1' long, big around as your finger. The blues liked them. Both of the blues on my profile pic were caught on live eels.
     
  10. Itch2Scratch

    Itch2Scratch New Member

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    I am with you on this one Whistler..LOL..but it would make sense as I have seen Flatties come to the top and suck down shad and bluegills right in front of me.
     
  11. pendog66

    pendog66 New Member

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    i to have seen flatheads get shad and bluegill right infront of me, its especially cool in ponds because of how long it takes the water to settle
     
  12. BigCatSteve

    BigCatSteve New Member

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    i have no desire to use snakes as bait,them thigs are something you see in a zoo not on a hook as bait
     
  13. peewee williams

    peewee williams New Member

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    Snakes,eels,coon.possom,rabbit,deer,beef,pork,chicken,turtle,ect.for cut bait.As a kid,we used anything that we could find for cut bait,when bait was scarce.When cats are running,they will bite just about anything.Now,we had no Flatheads in eastern Georgia and South Carolina back then.I once baited a trotline with a 3 foot live Cottenmouth.Hung it in the tail by a log,so it wouldn;t drown.That was one mad snake.I had been baiting the line every evening.I would run it every morning,and find no bait and no fish.I didn;t catch a cat on that live snake,but I started finding fish and,or bait on my trotline after that.I wouldn't do that now.peewee-williams
     
  14. Sinker

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    Know what kind of snake yer messing with! In Missouri most if not all snakes are protected by law. That shouldn't be a problem here til it warms up considerable. They can be found on warm days sunning, but they won't be getting in the water of their own accord for a while yet. Jim
     
  15. beaneye46

    beaneye46 New Member

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    ill use one if you bait my hook
     
  16. Ace

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    I think any one would want to use this snake for bait.

    Ace :grin-big:
     
  17. Fry Guy

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    Can you find eels for sale in missouri? If so where? I would love to give them a try.
     
  18. Ace

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    I don`t think I want to try this one.

    Ace:frk-big:
     
  19. Fry Guy

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    OMG that has to be the biggest rattle snake I've ever seen! and I've seen some good sized ones.
     
  20. pendog66

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    yeah its more like we are bait for that snake