What Bait To Use For Blue Catfish

Discussion in 'Blue Catfishing' started by fishing is fun, Jan 1, 2007.

  1. fishing is fun

    fishing is fun New Member

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    i am just starting out as a catfisherman

    what are some good baits to use
     
  2. Itch2Scratch

    Itch2Scratch New Member

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  3. catgetter1

    catgetter1 New Member

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    Austin welcome aboard... Seems to be the bait of choice would be shad, live dead or chopped up....stick with the site and you'll learn all the secrets of the best there is..... that forum in the message before has a lot of info on it.....once again welcome ta the BOC......
     
  4. luckycat1

    luckycat1 New Member

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    Bream (live) are working for me in this cold water during December.
     
  5. alands94

    alands94 Active Member

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    Live or dead baitfish is the way to go.
     
  6. A_ron

    A_ron New Member

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    I've had luck with bluegill heads and live goldfish.
     
  7. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    Try bream or live minnows.
     
  8. JPritch

    JPritch New Member

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    Eels when the shad isn't working.
     
  9. Lngbo

    Lngbo New Member

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    Welcome to the BOC Austin, we use mostly cut Skip Jack, they will bite just about anything.
     
  10. scwolf

    scwolf New Member

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    Usually look for the most active bait fish in the area and try to catch some live or purchase the same type. If you can get shiners in your area they are always a good bet just about anytime of year.
     
  11. Greg Alsept

    Greg Alsept New Member

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    Well i have good luck with Night crawlers with leeches on the same hook you should try it.
     
  12. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    I like to use skipjack heads, cut shad. or bluegill. Good Luck on your choice.
     
  13. loki1982

    loki1982 New Member

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    The primary natural bait of bluecatfish is shad or similar high population bait fish. The secondary natural food sources include the other fish, crawfish,worms.

    If you can get them the best producing bait for bluecatfish is going to be in my opinion shad/skipjack. Perch are my next choice. Then id move down to crawfish,worms, liver and doughbaits.

    Each lake, each location, and even the way you fish, will change the effectiveness of your bait, so the best thing to do is take a few types out and just try them and see what works.
     
  14. rocket256

    rocket256 Well-Known Member

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    3"-5" bluegills works best for me.
     
  15. Alsey

    Alsey New Member

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    Go to the grocery and get you a bag of frozen large or medium sized raw shrimp with the shells and tails still on. It'll cost you about $5 - $6 for about 40 of them. That's all I use in the winter for big blues.
     
  16. nalley1952

    nalley1952 New Member

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    If you have a seafood house that sells fresh fish you might be able to buy some fresh perch.
     
  17. kscathunter

    kscathunter New Member

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    cut bait seems to work best for me shad sides heads gills sunnies cut off a cunnk and throw it out!
     
  18. brad kilpatrick

    brad kilpatrick New Member

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    Fresh cut shad!
     
  19. FishinRich

    FishinRich New Member

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    Shad, its the best and most abundent. Shrimp or fillet of bluegill would be my second choice. At times you catch shad with a little dip net and other times it my take a hundred throws with a 10ft throw net. but they are worth it. I prefer shad that are 2 to 4 inches. WE have caught big blues on small shad but a lot empty hooks. If you don't have shad where you fish go to the bait store and get big minnows, native to the water you fish. Hope this helps.
     
  20. RiverratSC

    RiverratSC Active Member

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    Fish. I've used shad, herring, bluegill, yellow perch, mullet, black salties, goldfish, creek chubs, crappie and white perch all with good results.