what size gill?

Discussion in 'Catfishing Baits' started by rodney07, Apr 20, 2008.

  1. rodney07

    rodney07 New Member

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    Does it matter the size live bait you use? I read where people use live gills and just wondering what size.
     
  2. AwShucks

    AwShucks New Member

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    The bigger the better. What some people eat would be real good bait. Normlly the ones 2 to 3 inches are used, but thats probably because they are the most abundant.
     

  3. gottagetabigun

    gottagetabigun New Member

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    i've never seen one too big to use. it may take longer to get a bite but it usually will be a good one.
     
  4. Matt77

    Matt77 New Member

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    We only have channels here in central Florida.I do mostly river fishing. I like 3" to 5" live shad or bream. Thats the only effective bait I found so far. They will take the dead ones too.
     
  5. allflats

    allflats Member

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    Like using as big a gill as i can get.
     
  6. montgomery#1

    montgomery#1 New Member

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    Any size should work.
     
  7. river scum

    river scum New Member

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    i like to have more baits aposed to bigger. i can keep and transport more 5in gills than i can 8 inchers. i havent found that bigger is better, just get it in thier face and they will eat it. imo
     
  8. orion_xxvx

    orion_xxvx New Member

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    I like to use a 4 to 5 inch females if i can catch a few.
     
  9. oklahoma caveman

    oklahoma caveman New Member

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    when i was alittle dude, bout knee high to a grasshopper i lobed a huge gill out, i mean bigger than my hand is now, more than big enough to eat, an after bout 30 min my rod shot toward the water. i picked it up and didn feel anything so i set it back down, 2 minutes later it did it again an this time i set the hook. idk what it was cuz it broke 25lb test after about 5 minutes, but it felt like a whopper. so i gues any size. just depends what kinda cat your after
     
  10. CATFISHERMAN001

    CATFISHERMAN001 New Member

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    I use hand sized or larger. Like it has been said over and over. The bigger your bait the better your chances that the bigger your catch will be.
     
  11. varmint_sniper

    varmint_sniper New Member

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    i like 4 to 5 inc gilles for channels depends on top end size of fish in ur lake
     
  12. john catfish young

    john catfish young New Member

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    I've always liked to use big Bluegils...the bigger the better. I've also caught some nice large fish on live Skipjacks and Large Shad. Big fish do eat small baits too...but I prefer larger baits.:wink:
     
  13. massa_jorge

    massa_jorge New Member

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    i'll use anything above 4 inches. in my experience the liveliness of the bait has more to do with it than size. a samller hyper bait will outdo a big, tired bait most of the time.
     
  14. Hoosier_Catman

    Hoosier_Catman New Member

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    Well, being that I always have a hard time getting my hands on skipjacks and shad, I usually use bluegill as bait. I either go to one of the farm ponds that I have access to or I go down to 14 mile creek (a big creek near where I live). When I go to the farm ponds I usually catch eatin size gills, so I throw em on ice, take em directly to the river, and use em as fresh cut bait. Usually I cut the gill in half and use the side w/ the head (hooked through the eyes). When I go to the creek I catch a mix of sunfish and bluegill, all about 3-5 inches long, and I usually keep them alive in a bucket w/ an aerator, then use em as live bait. Both of these methods work well for me.
     
  15. katkiller77

    katkiller77 New Member

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    2inch to 4 inch sunfish or gills for me easier to get and they work well for channels or shovelheads rick not to mention the nice largemouths i also get with them
     
  16. mariofish

    mariofish New Member

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    welcome to boc:wink:
     
  17. mariofish

    mariofish New Member

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    nice flathead great job:big_smile: