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Discussion in 'Catfishing Baits' started by playinghooky, Aug 19, 2005.
what is better to use as cut bait the tail or the head
I use the middle section and cut it up in fillets. Use the heads if I run out of center sections.
I cut mine in half and fish with both halves.
use the middle section or the head.
I use the head or mid section, but I've never caught anything on ethier.
I like useing the middle section of a Shad, sometimes I use the hole thing.
I usually use bluegill and I use the head and tail section. I cut the head off, scale the tail section and cut the belly open so the gut pocket is hanging out. I catch more on the tail section than the head, but I do use the head. Scaling it seems to make a big difference for some reason.
Never had much luck on tails (unless the middle is still attached). I've caught some bigguns on shad and skipjack heads, even stripers go for 'em.
I descale the bluegill first, then break off the top spikes.
I prefer the middle with all the guts, cut an inch wide and 3-4inches tall and hooked thru the back section.
i cut the head and tail off then cut the mid section in to bait size peices and then when all of the gut peices are gone i use the head then lastly the tail. a good way to get a good use out of the tails since there isnt alot of scent and much to it besides skin bone and fin i leave it sit in with all the guts and the smelly stuff and use it at the end of the night and do good that way with all the bait.
I like to use the heads but not the tails
IMO, heads are a great bait if you're targeting really big blues, but the middle portion will definitely catch more fish. I prefer not to use the tails, and won't use them unless I'm really low on bait. I think that the tail section has less body fluids to seep out and attract the cats.
If useing them hole I like to cut the tail off and hook them thru the eyes.
If useing them as cut bait I prefer the mid section as it seems to produce the most bites, the head works good when targeting the larger fish.
Either way I pitch the tails in for chum.
I prefer the heads, stays on the hook better.
Pretty much use all the shad but not to often do I use the tail. Most of the time I cut the shad into steaks using the head as well. Size of the pieces depend on the size of the shad and what the catfish want. Most of the time I fish for channels and let them decide what pieces-parts they want, big or small. In the colder months we use what we call the shad back, the top meaty part along the back of a sumo shad cut into inch size chunks. Seems in the colder water they prefer chunks over steaks or strips.
i usually cut the tail back to the vent and toss in for chum. on bait 5" and over. then cut the head off about the pectoral fins. i use both head and the gut. the heads stay on better and have caught me a # of fish. baitfish under 5 inches i slice off tail and use whole.
I'm curious as to how people cut their bait. For instance I will often filet the sides off, then cut into 1 inch by 2 inch strips. I then hook the bait by passing the hook through the bait twice.
Reading this thread it seems like others do it lots of different ways. I would like try some different techniques so I would appreciate any advice or suggestions.
The head is is the best.Then the gut pocket.
I like using the bluegill head ive had more luck with the bigger cats with the head then any other part for some reason.I never throw a bulegill head away,if i catch them i keep the heads and freeze them and then thaw them out before i go.As for the rest i catch more turtles then anything.
As far as bluegills are concerned, I've had my best luck with the heads. For shad I would cut the back 1/3 of the body to the tail off at an angle and use the head and gut pocket attached.