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Discussion in '"How to" Information' started by tsfishing, Jun 7, 2020.
I’m curious on what different baits y’all use to catfish.
Sorry it took me a while to get to this Tucker. Not sure why the program held it up.
Welcome to the USCA forum.
The most common baits for blues and flatheads is usually cut bait, ie shad, skipjack, bluegill or something similar. Be sure to check state regs on legal baits. Flats and Blues will also eat live bait.
Channel cats will eat just about anything from dip baits to hotdogs to cut bait.
Flatheads- I'll use any legal "fish" I can. Suckers, Green Sunfish, Trout, and bass being my favorites.
Channels- Cut baits and nothing else has outfished chicken liver for me.
I can only speak for channel cats and of course as said what are regs in your area but we use carp, white bass for cut bait. One of my favorite is worm with a piece of shrimp on with it.
I see we have another Hoosier on the site. Welcome to the USCA forum Jr.
For flatheads live bluegills, bullhead,and fresh cut skip heads for big blues and channel
Thanks I live in btown and i fish the white River alot and lake monroe
Shad, Herring, Panfish, Suckers, Chubs, Buffalo, Bass, White Perch, Golden Shiners, Crappie, Carp, Eels, Goldfish, trout and Bullheads
Nightcrawlers if I do not have shad or carp. Nightcrawlers work well for both blues and channels.
I've had good luck with chicken thigh meat. A lot of people use chicken breast. Add some garlic powder and let it marinate a day or so before going fishing.
I've never had had any luck with dip baits.
Favorite would be creek chubs live or cut.
Cut shad would be a close second.
Bluegills live and cut are always the easiest to get.
Chicken livers or chicken breast when I don't have enough bait.
For Shovelheads I keep and use Goldfish, GreenSunfish, Black Salties and bullheads.. in the early spring or late in the fall one rod will have cut Shad. And wait... there are other catfish BESIDES Shovelheads???!?
Gizzard shad, blueback herring and bream.
If we go to one of the lakes that have white perch. They make great bait.
For big fish. I believe its important to use bait that is a major prey species in that body of water.
Bullheads, live or cut. Chubs or suckers, live or cut. When conditions are right have got some on stinkbait. This ussually when very hot out and going for eaters.
Another eater goto for eaters is shad guts. When you can find them.
I try to use bait fish that are indigenous to the area I am fishing...directly from the lake or river location if possible....but, I have used just about every bait that can be used for cats, and to one degree or another they all work.
My favorite baits are shad and blue gill.... live or fresh frozen. I have caught cats on Drum chunks, grass carp, etc.
It seems to me that cats "prefer" live or fresh cut bait, fresh frozen has also caught me a lot of fish. For the eating sized cats.... worms, grubs work well.......... or stink baits, hot dogs, chicken, liver, shrimp, what have you. I have also had cats bite a small lure when fishing for pan/bait fish, but, that is a very rare occurrence.
I have one spot that produces eating sized cats on shrimp, yet nothing on cut or live bait, and other spots where shrimp is worthless and live or cut bait nails em'. Dont know why, but, that is just my observation.
When you hit a spot have a few different kinds of baits handy and see what works in that spot...on that day. A buddy of mine used to put out three rods with two hooks each, and six different baits. Whichever bait caught the first cat is all he would use that day, and he was pretty successful using that strategy. When and if the action died down he would do the same thing (six baits) and go from there. One thing he would not do is stay at one spot for more than a hour or so....if there were no bites he would move.