Summer And Winter-use Different Baits Or Not??

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by upncomincatfishking, Sep 19, 2006.

  1. upncomincatfishking

    upncomincatfishking New Member

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    I Have A Question For Everyone Does It Matter Season Wise What Bait Should Be Used?me And A Buddy Of Mine Where Talkin About This In Our Fishin Trip Friday Night.i Was Just Wondering What Some Seasoned Pro's Got To Say On This.
     
  2. Lngbo

    Lngbo New Member

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    Seems to me that the good baits, cut bait, worms and livers work year round.
     

  3. kat in the hat

    kat in the hat New Member

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    It has been my experience to try a few different baits no matter what time of year it is. At the lake that I usually fish, shad is usually the bait of choice. However one summer me and a friend were fishing at the indian creek portion of mark twain lake right before a storm, I gave him some shad, while I was fishing with chicken liver. I caught a whole striger of catfish, while he caught 3 or 4 turtles. Don't know why but that's what happened. I always take live perch, shad, worms,and maybe livers and just experiment to find out what is working that day. Most baits work best when fresh. I have heard that goldfish work especially well for flathead in the spring, but that hasn't been my experience. Hope that helps.
     
  4. WylieCat

    WylieCat Well-Known Member

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    Shad seems to work well in the winter because many lakes are affected by a winter shad kill from low water temps and the dead fish are abundant and fed upon heavily.
     
  5. laidbck111

    laidbck111 New Member

    I tend to use the same baits year round but may change the size are how I rig them during the colder months.
     
  6. Redtick

    Redtick New Member

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    I use the food that the catfish are eating naturally. In the spring, dead frozen shad. In the summer, live bluegill and shad. In the fall, pretty much everything works. In the winter, I go hunting.:big_smile:
     
  7. fishinpals

    fishinpals New Member

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    Pretty well says it except in winter I go icefishing.
     
  8. bhunt

    bhunt New Member

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    I use cut bait year round. Cats eat shad year round.
     
  9. GaryF

    GaryF New Member

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    For colder weather blue cats I would recommend using cut bait, and downsizing it compared to summer. Sometimes it seems like they just won't hit anything big, but a 1-1.5" chunk of shad will entice them. (Credit goes to Catfishcentral for that tip, which has helped me out a lot) I just don't have much luck fishing live baits when the water temps get below about 55 degrees, and I've spent a lot of time on the river bank freezing my toes off figuring this out. It may be different in your waters, though, so don't completely write off live bait, but definitely get some cut bait out there.
     
  10. snowman

    snowman New Member

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    If the Catfish act anything like bass then it will make a differance what lures you throw in winter and and summer. During winter I could go with something that smells a lot worse and summer something that looks more lively.
     
  11. BIG GEORGE

    BIG GEORGE New Member

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    I've found that in the cooler waters of the fall they are (CHANNELS) less picky. It must be the colder water temps that tell them to fatten up cause the meals are gonna become fewer and further apart.
     
  12. laidbck111

    laidbck111 New Member

    I tend to use the same baits all year round.
     
  13. screamnclickersc

    screamnclickersc New Member

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    I've found Mullet works really well during the winter.It puts of a funny smelling oil.