Where to hook the baitfish?

Discussion in 'Catfishing Baits' started by Eudora, Jan 9, 2007.

  1. Eudora

    Eudora New Member

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    Hey All:

    I was just wondering wear you guys hook your baitfisjh. Usually, I hook them in front o fthe tale for suckers, and threw the back for goldfihs and bream. I have hadproblems with the fish coming off the hook whenI cast. I have heard of somer guys hooking through the head and having better luck. Let me know what work s for you.
     
  2. JAinSC

    JAinSC Active Member

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    I fish in river in current, therefore I always hook my baits in the nose. My logic is this, a fish hooked in the tail in current will eventually get tired and turned around tail-first in the current. They will then most likely drown.
     

  3. TRYINGFORCATS

    TRYINGFORCATS New Member

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    When I Use Bream I Hook In The Back, But If I Use Shiners I Hook In The Mouth So They Live Longer
     
  4. fishhook

    fishhook New Member

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    I hook through the top of the mouth in front of the eyes when fishing in the Ohio river where there's a lot of current. I place the hook in the back just behind the dorsal fin and below the spine when fishing lakes or a low to no current situation. I also trim a little off of the tail on large baits to make them act more like an injured fish as well as stop the bait from moving the sinker and finding cover or getting tangled up.
     
  5. neocats

    neocats New Member

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    Hook them throught the eyes, but careful not to hit the brain. This way they are blind to what is about to get them.
     
  6. Ice-Berg

    Ice-Berg New Member

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    Through the tail for gold fish or less durable fish, for bluegill i hook it below the dorsal fin.
     
  7. river scum

    river scum New Member

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    in current i hook them in the meaty part of the forehead. in slack water i hook them above and just in front of the anal fin. i use gills almost exclusively.
     
  8. JERMSQUIRM

    JERMSQUIRM New Member

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    i hook em in the back just behind the dorsal. then they can move any way they want.

    i have been told by a flathead guide that a fish hooked in the lip in current will just ride in the current and wont work (swim and flash) like one hooked in the back. i hear lots whom do though.
     
  9. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    I hook my in the middle.
     
  10. catman529

    catman529 New Member

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    I use sucker-type minnows that have a lot of ugly blackish-yellow guts (and they smell bad). When live I hook them below and behind the dorsal fin, as close to but not through the spine. When I want to use them as cut bait, I cut the tail of while they are still live, then cut half way through the side of the body in two places so more blood and guts come out. Sometimes I puncture the heart area, right below the gill flaps. Then I run the kahle through right behind the gill flap, and come out the side past the two slices. I use them live or cut on a Carolina rig.
     
  11. rivercatsc

    rivercatsc New Member

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    I always hook mine through the lips on shiners or gills because they will always swallow the bait head first so the hook is always inside their mouth.
     
  12. flathead20000

    flathead20000 New Member

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    When using limb lines I hook my gills right behind the dorsal fin this keeps them upright and swimming natural other than they can't go down. But when fishing with rod and reel in current I have always found that hooking them through the mouth and out the top of their head works great. Just don't go too far into the head because this can kill the fish. Hope this helps!!!
     
  13. redwiskers

    redwiskers New Member

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    iowa
    I like to go in the mouth and out the top of the head. With the right size hook the bait will stay alive and swimming for many hours.
     
  14. fishnfool68

    fishnfool68 New Member

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    Beween the head and the dorsal fin.I cut the top of the tail off and scale them a little on one side.
     
  15. WHEELMOBILE07

    WHEELMOBILE07 New Member

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    Hook them behind the dorsal fin every time.

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