Will menhaden work as catfish bait?

Discussion in 'Catfishing Baits' started by rogerfisherman, Nov 16, 2008.

  1. rogerfisherman

    rogerfisherman New Member

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  2. FATFLATTIE

    FATFLATTIE New Member

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    I assume that you're fishing some tidal water if you've got access to menhaden. I fish similar water here in NC and I've used menhaden on occasion but I've never caught anything on them. However, if I'd used them more than a few times my results may be different. I have heard that mullet works well from some very respectable fishermen but I've never had the first bite on them.
     

  3. jtrew

    jtrew New Member

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    Since several members report good success using menhaden oil as an attractant for catfish, I'd certainly think it would make a good bait, but the only way to tell for sure is to give it a try, preferably alongside some good standard bait.
     
  4. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    I have posted before about using Menhaden oil as an added attractant to certain stink/punch/dough baits. A little goes a long way. Don't over do it.
     
  5. TOPS

    TOPS New Member

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    I have a gallon of the oil that I use to soak my old skips in to refresh them.
     
  6. mrmarkedwards

    mrmarkedwards Active Member

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    yes menhaden(bunker) work fine especially in the fall here in DE. the only difference is we use chunks instead of strips the biggest one i landed was an 11# last fall with a bigger estimated 15+ breaking 20lb test mono 3 years ago. i even have a trick i learned to do with the heads that makes them good baits too. hmmm sounds like and article for the library.
     
  7. motard1

    motard1 New Member

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    what is a menhaden?
     
  8. riverhobo85

    riverhobo85 New Member

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    menhaden (bunker) is my go to bait. it has an odor unlike other cut baits. have landed over 50 blue cats in the last 3 monthes ranging from 20-50 lbs on this stuff. really want to try it fresh. all i have access to is frozen and it still works as good if not better than the shad and aleswives. i recomend giving it a try!
     
  9. Carolina Cat Crew

    Carolina Cat Crew New Member

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    I have used cut manhaden in the past and had really good luck with it catching blues, Give it a shot I don't think you'll be disapointed. Good luck.:wink: