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I went out today to fish and notices lots of big tilapia around the shore,they are very scared when you get near them and wont bite anything you put out there. Anyone know a way to catch these?
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Im not sure what lure/bait they will take. But i heard some people that catch fish in meadow streams are stealthy (like crawling on the shoreline instead of walking). Maybe you should try a stealthy approach.

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Tilapia are strictly plant eaters. You can watch and wish, but unless you snag one, which is illegal, you aren't going to catch them on bait.
 

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I caught a 3.2 # tilapia on a lure but it was a snag on accident in Arizona this guy thought I had the state record but was about 3# off. I have caught tilapia on nightcrawler before and it was not a snag. Also the 3.2# tilapia whole mouth was full of fish eggs.
 

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I have seen them caught on a single grain of canned sweet corn. Get a can of the mixed white and yellow if you can find it and try each.
 

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I have been told that they and Mullet will sometimes bite what we call green,garden or english peas out of a can.

Please let us know if something works.

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I caught a 3.2 # tilapia on a lure but it was a snag on accident in Arizona this guy thought I had the state record but was about 3# off. I have caught tilapia on nightcrawler before and it was not a snag. Also the 3.2# tilapia whole mouth was full of fish eggs.
Tilapia are mouth brooders. They keep their own eggs in their mouths untill they hatch. They are also primarily vegitarians, but have been known to hit worms. Carrots, peas, and dough baits should also work though.
 

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i catch them all of the time out here in AZ on crawlers.
 

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ain't that a coincidence rupert? i heard they hit real well on a cast net when they spawn! :big_smile:
 

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Jason said it right. I have seen them caught on night crawlers other than that cast nets:big_smile:.
 

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I catch them ON SALE! Bawhaahaahaa. (I know not that funny. made me laugh though. that's what matters. :))
 
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