spring time bait

Discussion in 'Channel Catfish' started by catoon, Feb 1, 2009.

  1. catoon

    catoon Board Clown!

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    what is some of yalls spring time bait for channels?
     
  2. russKC

    russKC New Member

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    Cut bream or sunfish, depends on what i catch for bait. Sometimes i will use sonny and catch a bunch of little ones.
     

  3. mrmarkedwards

    mrmarkedwards Active Member

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    i use mackeral or bluefish because these baits have a lot of oil for them to zone in on, the water is still cold, and the cats are feeding more by smell at that time trying to load up for the spawn.
     
  4. RebelMan

    RebelMan Guest

    cut fallfish or 5 to 6 nightcrawlers on one hook.:smile2:
     
  5. kmcalester

    kmcalester New Member

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    You can not got wrong with fresh cut bait.
     
  6. Trahviiz

    Trahviiz Member

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    My best spring time channel bait is cut shiner.
     
  7. 07_hemi_thunderroad

    07_hemi_thunderroad New Member

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    I AM A VERY BIG FAN OF CUT UP BLUE GILLS! BUT I WELL USE CHICKEN LIVER DIPPED!
     
  8. payton350

    payton350 New Member

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    I use fresh cut bait or shrimp
     
  9. daystarchis

    daystarchis New Member

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    Live or cut bluegill, live large minnows also my second choice
     
  10. Hoopie

    Hoopie New Member

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    Last year I was told to use boneless chicken breast strips from the grocery store by an older gentleman that has fished the local river for decades. I thought he was crazy, so I went fishing with him a few times last year from spring till winter and every time out the bait produced.Only channels though and the ocassinal turtle.Tyson brand.
     
  11. shania

    shania New Member

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    Cut or Live Bluegills, Shad, Large Minnows & Dip Baits all work for me at that time of the year. :0a23:
    :wink:
     
  12. readingcatfisher

    readingcatfisher New Member

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    shrimp,cut up bluefish , sunfish cut or live
     
  13. nitronostrils

    nitronostrils New Member

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    Cut bluegill, a blob of liver, and punch bait.
     
  14. pitbull33

    pitbull33 New Member

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    I use hot dogs alot, dont know why they work but they do.
     
  15. katkiller77

    katkiller77 New Member

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    fresh chicken liver
     
  16. readingcatfisher

    readingcatfisher New Member

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    Bluefish!!!!!!!:wink:
     
  17. kyredneck

    kyredneck New Member

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    For early Spring, worms. Whether red, green, or crawlers, they're what's readily naturally available at that time of the year and channel cats go for them.
     
  18. trnsmsn

    trnsmsn New Member

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    As most others have mentioned, MOST definitely cut bait...Bluegills of course or chunks of Sardines.

    I do catch a lot using punch bait but only later in the year after the spawn is over.
     
  19. ChannelCatBen

    ChannelCatBen New Member

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    As soon as the ice starts to melt off the lakes and rivers here, the channels start feeding pretty heavily on winterkilled shad, shiners, and whatever else they can find. I do my best with cut shad, with cut sucker coming in a close second. I also like to put about 3 or 4 dead minnows on a hook, and that works too.
     
  20. heavystringer

    heavystringer New Member

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    springtime channel bait i prefer is skipjack guts with a piece of fillet of skipjack on the side and a side order of thread..it usually hardly has time to settle on the bottom..however this is most effective under large structures like log jams or even dams with a fairly strong current..big juicey baits and a lot of wieght..good luck