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Posted: 4/1/2014 4:11 PM

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So whats your favorite bait for catfish. i usually go with just a plain nightrawler. looking to step it up this year. im thinking shrimp or hot dog.
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Posted: 4/1/2014 4:43 PM

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Chicken liver is the # one catfish baits on my list second would be cut shad or bluegill, sardines and anchovies
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Posted: 4/3/2014 10:14 AM

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Where does one get chicken liver? Butcher shop? Meat dept. at the grocery store?
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Posted: 4/3/2014 2:33 PM

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Im sure you can get them at a grocery store.
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Posted: 4/4/2014 5:46 AM

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I want to try this this summer.

How to make your own doughbait

Otherwise I want to try to catch some carp for cutbait. They say big chunks of meat weed out the other fish (carp, bullhead, etc) and target the catfish better. Hope I get enough time this year to try both!

Last edited 4/4/2014 6:23 AM by lgregory

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Posted: 4/7/2014 7:34 PM

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I always used nightcrawlers, but the neighbors swore by doughbait.
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Posted: 4/7/2014 9:37 PM

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I like frozen squid. It's very tough and stays on the hook during casting, smells like shrimp, and the fish can't steal it off the hook; it'll stay right there until you remove it.

I've NEVER caught ANYTHING on chicken liver.
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Last edited 4/9/2014 9:28 PM by bassorbass

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Posted: 4/8/2014 5:28 AM

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I have used all that you all have mention except the squid. I use cut bait mostly for the bigger cats.biggrin
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Posted: 4/8/2014 3:35 PM

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For magnum flatheads, I love to lip-hook an 8-inch sucker minnow. I use enough lead to keep it on the bottom in 10 feet of water on my home waters of the St. Croix River, then I sit back and sleep in the boat with the Garcia 6500C reel set on "clicker." When Mr. Flathead takes the bait during the middle of the night, the clicker sound wakes me and I set the hook. Pure magic!
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Posted: 4/9/2014 9:16 AM

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Its kinda hard to pin down a single favorite. Around here cut shad or bluegill, live creekchubs, and good ol' liver all have their best times. Believe it or not...we actually catch as many channels on crankbaits as any natural bait! cool

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Last edited 4/9/2014 9:33 AM by 1mo65

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Posted: 4/9/2014 2:13 PM

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I love using bluegills or bream. Thanking about trying Carp.
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Posted: 4/9/2014 3:17 PM

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I have caught my largest catfish on live bluegills about three to four inches long. Both channel and flatheads.
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Posted: 4/9/2014 8:52 PM

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WilliamTDailey wrote:  Thanking about trying Carp.

Some good easy carp baits on youtube that look good. 
Always heard bluegills work, how do you hook them. Back, Mouth?
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Posted: 4/9/2014 9:31 PM

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Bart G wrote: I have caught my largest catfish on live bluegills about three to four inches long. Both channel and flatheads.
I'd say the same, although I prefer to use live green sunfish as they are hardier & stay active and alive longer than blurgills. And I use the largest sunfish I can get, 6 to 8 inches.

As far a flatheads go, around here carp is #1 bait with sunfish #2.

Hook sunfish through the back just behind the dorsal fin
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Last edited 4/9/2014 9:34 PM by bassorbass

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Posted: 4/10/2014 3:52 PM

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bass or bass you are right greens are better, but the Game and Parks here dose not stock green sunfish where I fish so I have to use bluegill and carp cannot be use as live bait. I don't know where you live or fish, but here in Nebraska the flatheads don't get that big we have a size limit of one fish over 40 inches most are about 24 inches.
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Posted: 4/10/2014 9:02 PM

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Bart G wrote: bass or bass you are right greens are better, but the Game and Parks here dose not stock green sunfish where I fish so I have to use bluegill and carp cannot be use as live bait. I don't know where you live or fish, but here in Nebraska the flatheads don't get that big we have a size limit of one fish over 40 inches most are about 24 inches.
I'm in Arizona. Sunfish and carp are the only legal bait for flatheads in the lakes in the Phoenix area. Bartlett Reservoir and Lake Pleasant regularly produce flatheads in the 50 to 70 pound range. Almost exactly one year ago the guy fishing just downstream from me caught the current state record; 78 pounds.
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Posted: 4/12/2014 10:03 AM

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I would have to agree with 1mo65 and also add yellowbellies and skipjacks for big flatheads and bluecats also leeches are great fished under a floater works great in Ohio
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Posted: 4/16/2014 8:06 AM

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Most of the time I use cut bait. Seems to work best for me. The scent from the oils and blood just have a way of attracting cats.
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Posted: 4/19/2014 3:12 PM

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WilliamTDailey wrote: Most of the time I use cut bait. Seems to work best for me. The scent from the oils and blood just have a way of attracting cats.
Yes cut bait works real good for channel cats, but you need live bait to catch flatheads.
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Posted: 4/21/2014 7:55 AM

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Up here in ohio we use live chubs, bluegill, bluegill head, live carp and cutbait for the monster cats. 

Hate chicken liver.



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Posted: 4/21/2014 4:42 PM

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This is the way it should be everyone posting. This topic has 551 views. Come on everyone has something to say. add a comment, ask a question.
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Posted: 4/22/2014 1:02 AM

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I had my best luck in Texas on cut Shad for blues and live shad and live bluegills (perch for Texans) for Flatheads. In PA i used night crawlers or leeches for bullheads and liver or minnows for channels.
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Posted: 4/22/2014 10:39 AM

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i always like to set out a line with a couple of small frogs, THAT ARE REAL, eek1
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Posted: 4/23/2014 2:48 PM

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erik6768 wrote: i always like to set out a line with a couple of small frogs, THAT ARE REAL, eek1
Are you using setlines or rod & reel? I forgot about frogs they are hard to get around here. Crayfish and mudpuppies are also good for channels and brown bullheads.
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Posted: 4/23/2014 7:59 PM

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I like to use fresh tiger shrimp.My second favorite is cut bait.usually small perch or white bass.or gobies
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Posted: 4/23/2014 9:29 PM

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erik6768 wrote: i always like to set out a line with a couple of small frogs, THAT ARE REAL, eek1

Thats the first, i heard to use frogs. Dont think i got it in me to hook 1 hahahanoidea
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Last edited 4/23/2014 9:29 PM by solitario lupo

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Posted: 4/24/2014 12:20 AM

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I like to use coonbream freshwater shrimp good old wigglers snowflake crawfish there like a regular crawfish but there white flatheads love these baits!
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Posted: 4/24/2014 7:32 AM

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I agree Bart, reading this really makes a guy want to get out cat fishing thanks to all who posted and the club for getting us all together.
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Posted: 4/24/2014 11:16 PM

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I have used chicken liver in the past wrapped with spawn mesh and put on a treble hook.........but what has worked for me the best for me would be Stink Bait Blood Flavor molded around a treble hook. I have gotten many really good size channels and Flatheads on this bait every year.                                             Life Member  NAFC

Last edited 4/24/2014 11:25 PM by squirrel7287

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Posted: 4/25/2014 6:35 AM

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I use live shad or cut shad mostly. The shad is mainly because it is the staple base food in Cedar Creek Lake TX, and because I can catch a lot of them in my cast net. When you fish every day, it gets expensive to buy bait, so I catch mine.
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