Whats your go-to fish bait for Channel catfish?

Discussion in 'Channel Catfish' started by wolfman, Dec 9, 2007.

Your go-to bait for Channel cats

  1. Shad cut/live

  2. Skipjacks cut/live

  3. Bluegills cut/live

  4. Creek chubs cut/live

  5. Eels cut/live

  6. Crawdads,Crayfish,Softcraws

  7. Shiners/Minnows/Goldfish

  8. Nightcrawlers/Worms/ Chicken liver

  9. Stink/Dip/Punch baits

  10. none of the above/other

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  1. wolfman

    wolfman Well-Known Member

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    If you could only choose one
     
  2. catfisherman60

    catfisherman60 New Member

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    I use a lot of minnows. I don't have a lot of time to hunt bait.
     

  3. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Walter I voted for stink baits. If I'm fishing for numbers, over size of channels,I will choose the stink baits every time.
     
  4. Big Dav

    Big Dav New Member

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    If I am going to eaters I would not leave home without shrimp. If I am going for size I like Shad or creek chubs. This will vary from one area to another, at least I think so.:big_smile:
     
  5. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    My is Nightclawers, Chicken Livers, and Minnows.
     
  6. 1sporticus

    1sporticus Active Member

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    Well I'm kind of stuck with prepared baits. I am unable to throw a cast net, so I go for the Sonny's. I was reading in a different post about someone using bacon, and leftover bits of pork fat. I like that idea and can't wait to try it out. Later Andy
     
  7. BIG GEORGE

    BIG GEORGE New Member

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    Had to vote for the eels. Pure gold up here. LOL!
     
  8. tbull

    tbull New Member

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    I have caught more channels on cut frozen shad than anything else I have used
     
  9. curdog

    curdog New Member

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    I use chicken livers, minnows and in the spring I like stink bait.
     
  10. Dadoftwo

    Dadoftwo New Member

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    Done my best cutting minnows in half and using both pieces.
     
  11. alands94

    alands94 Active Member

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    Cut shad for quality fish. Stink bait #2 for number of eaters.
     
  12. Arkansascatman777

    Arkansascatman777 New Member

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    DK's punch bait without a doubt.
     
  13. Bacardipr05

    Bacardipr05 New Member

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    I had to vote other as Shrimp is my go to bait followed closely by nightcrawlers. Although recently I was having some good success with using smelt. Stink bait rarely works for me up these parts. With the smelt I just recently been having success so I am not sure if its a flue or what have you.
     
  14. yeppa

    yeppa New Member

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    Always have some chicken liver on, although Sonny's sometimes works better when the water is hot. With the bunch I fish with, your first priority is to NOT get skunked.
     
  15. prostreetS10

    prostreetS10 New Member

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    Cut shad has seemed to work best for me. but i have caught alot on worms and chicken livers
     
  16. gonecatn

    gonecatn New Member

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    Nice fresh chicken livers...MMMMMMMM
     
  17. bwhupp

    bwhupp New Member

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    I am fond of using shad for cats around here. Seems to work the best in my opinion.

    Of course, it is all dependant on the day. I may switch my answer if the fish are not hitting on shad real quick. LOL
     
  18. cumberlandcat

    cumberlandcat Active Member

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    I love to use 6 to 8 inch suckers, cube them up into 1 inch cubes and they work great for me
     
  19. CatAngler

    CatAngler New Member

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    I use cut Gills when fishing for channels simply because the gills are readily available around here.



    J
     
  20. BIG GEORGE

    BIG GEORGE New Member

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    And thats more than likely why they work.