The best bait for huge channel catfish and Flathead Catfish?

Discussion in 'LOCAL OHIO TALK' started by The Joker, Jun 20, 2006.

  1. The Joker

    The Joker New Member

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    whats the best bait use for huge channel and flatties
     
  2. Salmonid

    Salmonid New Member

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    Hey Josh, that all depends on the state, and types of water your fishing but locally here in Ohio, I would think the best flathead baits would be:
    in rivers - Live Bluegills, Live shad, and cut bait
    In the Ohio River, fresh skipjack
    Inland lakes I would say live bluegills, live shad and live bullheads or small crappies if you can get them for bait.

    For Channel cats, cut bait seems to work better, shad, skipjack,suckers, carp etc. I might mention that minnows iunder abobber usuall will take them also, I never got into stink baits but many have done well with them.

    Best to feed them what there used to eating on a regular basis so the bait used should be what is in thewatershed you are fishing.

    This is after all, just my opinion, your mileage may vary!!:roll_eyes:

    Salmonid
     

  3. da-cajun-angla

    da-cajun-angla New Member

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    Ok...i Occasionally Run Crawfish Traps, And Catch Something Called A Lampiter...not Too Sure If This Is Its Technical Name, But I Do Know That Its An Amphibian And Not An Eel...it Has Tiny Legs That Are Too Small To Serve A Purpose...also Have Put One In A Tank To Keep It Alive And Underwater It Has Red Flaring Gills That Stick Out...pretty Cool Looking. Its Great Cutbait, And Is So Tough, That U Need A Pair Of Pliers To Put It On A Hook...no S*#t!!! It'll Stay On Forever, And Is Great For Trotlines, But Is The All Favorite And Best Bait For Snappin' Turtles. Also I Have A Pic Of A Eel Caught In The Mississippi That Had Some Of The Toughest Skin And Meat Ive Ever Seen! Heres A Pic Of It...but This Is Not Thje Lampiter...ill Have To Take A Pic Of It For Ya'll...i Have A Couple In The Freezer. Well...i Just Looked And Do Not Know How To Insert A Pic On A Post. But Ill Make A Post With Pics Of Both The Eel And The Lampiter.
     
  4. ryang

    ryang Well-Known Member

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    If Im not mistaken those are mud puppies here I have caught them a couple of times never thought to use as bait
     
  5. da-cajun-angla

    da-cajun-angla New Member

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    mud puppies r little...these things are 1-3' long and about a inch round
     
  6. liveforcattin08

    liveforcattin08 New Member

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  7. The Joker

    The Joker New Member

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  8. katcatchingfool

    katcatchingfool New Member

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    i caught my biggest flat on bluegil 62lbs
    i caught my biggest channel on gold eye herien 37lbs
    ive caught alot of 15lbs channel on sonnys blood fishing with a lighted bobber at night i dont know what you call huge?
     
  9. cenohio

    cenohio New Member

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    SHAD all the way
    lively bullhead for flatties
     
  10. Fatkat

    Fatkat New Member

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    We been catching most of our larger Channels on cut Bluegill. Nothing real big though, up to 10 lbs. :smile2:
     
  11. keith

    keith New Member

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    Cut shad, for channels, blue gills for flats.
     
  12. ryang

    ryang Well-Known Member

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    The Mud Puppies I caught were about 12inch long, they are in the salamander family.

    http://www.encyclopedia.com/html/m/mudpuppy.asp
     
  13. BigCatSteve

    BigCatSteve New Member

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    i like shad for channels whole or cut,and bluegills for flats