What is the preferred method of hooking live baitfish?

Discussion in 'LOCAL PENNSYLVANIA TALK' started by ssskinner27, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. ssskinner27

    ssskinner27 New Member

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    How do you guys hookup all your baitfish. I am not sure how I am going to hook the sunfish and fallfish(or suckers) that I catch?

    What is best sized baitfish for flat and what is the best size for Channels?

    Sorry about all the posts but I would like to get my rank up 1 notch. LOL
     
  2. moose22dog

    moose22dog New Member

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    I USE ANYTHING THAT IS FROM 3 IN AND UP. I SAY THIS CAUSE THE BIGGEST CAT I GOT WAS ON A TINY LITTLE GILL HERE IS THE PIC. BUT NORM IN THE 6-8 IN.AREA I LIKE TWO USE A 6/0 OR 7/0 LIVE BAIT HOOK(OR CIRCLE) BEHIND THE DORSEL FIN, AND SOMETIMES I WILL ADD A SHORT STINGER HOOK THRU THE EYE'S OR NOSE WITH A 4/0 -6/0 CIRCLE. ...THANKS JUSTIN
     

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  3. Pastor E

    Pastor E New Member

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    Under a float behind the dosal finn tight line the mouth for flats About the size of a hand channels half that luck to you
     
  4. Blacky

    Blacky New Member

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    In calm water like a lake and normal river conditions, I hook them behind the dorsal fin. But if the river is angry and there significant current, I hook them through the lips.


    These are the things you should use with 10 size King Kahles if you are looking for "The One".
     

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  5. Blacky

    Blacky New Member

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    Think BIG! Nothing's ever too big:cool2::wink:.
     

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  6. bw69r

    bw69r Well-Known Member

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    Tan is that a small carp in the picture? and i agree as i had a flatty hammer a bluegill over a pound and a half , one hit and took off with a 17 inch walleye, and another literally smashed a largemouth bass well over 2 pounds. like you said i had trouble finding bigger hooks than the 7/0 - 9/0 hooks i had and think that was a reason i did not hook the fish mentioned above. tried to make due with what i had. lets just say lesson learned and i will have bigger hooks this year.
     
  7. jdstraka

    jdstraka Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Man Blacky That will PISS Them Basser Boys Off using that Large Mouth Bass for Bait!!! Good Job,I Got your Back Brother,:wink: J.D.
     
  8. Blacky

    Blacky New Member

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    Yes indeed, Brian!

    Tried many years to catch a baitsizeable carp but only was able to catch the 6 to 20lbers:embarassed:. Nothing on the small side until I got this beauty. She laid on the bottom of the Schuylkill for 3 hours before getting hoovered by a 17lber in June.

    Back to big baits, I even let the darn thing run for a minute, but still no hookup:confused2:. I am 100% positive my hooks were too darn small! If the 10 size kahles don't work, I'mm getting SHARK HOOKS:eek:oooh:
     
  9. Blacky

    Blacky New Member

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    Those BassMasters can kiss my Asian BUTT!:cool2:

    In PA, it's is legal to use smallmouth bass and other gamefish as bait as long you follow the creel and size limits and as long as you caught the thing on rod and reel.

    This is a catfish forum, so I don't think many feathers will be ruffled:tounge_out::smile2:.
     
  10. The creel limit for bass in the Schuylkill is 12-15" depending on the time of year. So, you mean to tell me you are using bass that big for bait?
     
  11. Blacky

    Blacky New Member

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    5{rtTroller;1364264]The creel limit for bass in the Schuylkill is 12-15" depending on the time of year. So, you mean to tell me you are using bass that big for bait?[/QUOTE]


    A 12 inch bass is nothing!

    I actually prefer the 15 to 18 inchers!

    I've used baits up to 3 lbs and have gotten runs. How did I know it just wasn't the bait pulling my clicker? The missing scales and teethmarks don't lie
     
  12. tomsfishing4

    tomsfishing4 New Member

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    i always hook behind the dorsal fin with big gills and others,but with the smaller ones through the lips it seems they live longer that way.thats my opinion....tom
     
  13. Jeeze Louise! I never heard of that stuff! 18" bass for bait, snap! lol! You go buddy!
     
  14. xnmcclurex

    xnmcclurex New Member

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    tan, that first picture of you posted in this thread, was that a shiner? if it was that was huge and where can i find them.
     
  15. wetflyguy

    wetflyguy New Member

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    Tan,

    One of the salt guys told me boaters world has 16/0 circle hooks
    some thing like 45.00 a 100.
    There are some 19/0 Eagle claw circle hooks on e-bay 10pack 24.00
    That thing should hold a 3# bass!!!:wink:

    Wet
     
  16. readingcatfisher

    readingcatfisher New Member

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    Gamakatsu also has a hook that looks like the sickle hooks called the big river hooks 10/0
     
  17. Blacky

    Blacky New Member

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    There's a local canal that is loaded with them. It's hard to hook them even with size 16 hooks for trout. I chumm the water with pieces of bread so they can start feeding and get into a "shiner blitz":wink:. When they are in this feeding frenzy, they eat everything in sight. Use really light line. i personally use 4lb Seaguar Flourocarbon. I use a 10ft ultralight crappie rod so the rod does all the work for me.

    Shiners are the best overall baits for all species of big fish including pike, musky, stripers, bass, and walleyes. If you can't catch anything on a shiner, then there is no fish in that lake or river:cool2:
     
  18. moose22dog

    moose22dog New Member

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    hey tan looks like your bait could eat my bait, lololol
     
  19. kenlaw76

    kenlaw76 New Member

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    Unless there is alot of current, I hook my bait behind the anus on the bottom side. If there is current I hook them in the lips and if I am using a float I hook them in the back. I had my best lucj lastyear on big gills over 7"
     
  20. bw69r

    bw69r Well-Known Member

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    i was having a hard time getting bigger baits early last year til Tan got on me and said use find the big stuff, use the big stuff. so i had to do a lot of walking and searching for new bait spots but i feel it was worth it. talked to another brother one night and we were discussing how the really large flatheads with those big old mouths could and most likely regularly eat fish double the size we could ever throw on a rod. monsters gotta eat big to get big.