Sucker meat for channel catfish bait

Discussion in 'Channel Catfish' started by fishermanfred, May 2, 2006.

  1. fishermanfred

    fishermanfred New Member

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    How do I cut a14"-18" sucker up for channel bait?
     
  2. Arkie55

    Arkie55 New Member

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    Two different ways.

    1. Fillet the sides and then chunk each side to the size bait you want.

    2. Cut the sucker like stakes, then split each stake at the back bone.

    I like the stake method best.
     

  3. fishermanfred

    fishermanfred New Member

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    Thanks, now how about a big carp say 8-12 pd.
     
  4. Arkie55

    Arkie55 New Member

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    I would fillet that one and remove the scales on the outside. Then cut the fillet into bait sized pieces.
     
  5. wpg_catfisher

    wpg_catfisher New Member

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    i just cut them into steaks and use the steaks whole i just stick em on a big 7/0 oct hook it works awesome
     
  6. cooterbrown

    cooterbrown New Member

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    where can i get suckers in illinois ive never heard of anyone around here using them or how can i catch them
     
  7. Netmanjack

    Netmanjack New Member

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    Colby, fish water that is two to three feet deep in a medium current, where there is a rocky bottom. Use night crawlers with a # 2 or 3 hook and cast with an small sinker so it will roll down the river. Where it stops is usually where the suckers are......good luck
     
  8. Big Sam

    Big Sam Well-Known Member

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    I am with arkie on this one....I scale and fillet those boys....then marinate them in blood for a couple a days:wink:
     
  9. JMarrs328

    JMarrs328 New Member

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    I've personally never used sucker/carp. I've always been a bluegill/sunfish fan. Which do you think would work better in a river with a healthy population of both sucker/carp. Would they work better than sunnies???
     
  10. BigCatSteve

    BigCatSteve New Member

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    or just throw a castnet in the same hole,will be faster
     
  11. SilverCross

    SilverCross New Member

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    I think suckers work better in moving water and carp works better in ponds and lakes. But as with anything else, it depends on the certain water you are fishing and what the cats are wanting at that time.