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#11477989 - 03/14/16 10:20 PM Tilapia baits
etu Offline
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Registered: 03/24/11
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Loc: Grand Prairie TX
I know they eat worms. What other baits would Tilapia go for? I think I saw them feed on top but not sure what they were feeding on. Any help appreciated.
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#11478045 - 03/14/16 10:48 PM Re: Tilapia baits [Re: etu]
banker-always fishing Online   content
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I have heard they feed on small flies and other small insects. I have caught a lot of Tilapia over the years and most of them have been caught on live worms. (Night Crawlers). I have also caught Tilapia on Big Marv's Cheese Bait, baited on a small treble hook. Other baits that I have heard about Tilapia being caught on were pees,corn,and bits of celery stalks. hmmm
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#11478853 - 03/15/16 12:16 PM Re: Tilapia baits [Re: etu]
Brad R Offline
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etu,

Head down to Squaw Creek one day, take along the worms and really some terminal tackle rigging similar to what you'd use for panfishing. What seems to work is a drop shot set-up, or a bobber/weight/hook affair . . . using a small hook for their relatively small mouths.

They are really getting large down there. A friend caught 2 on a fishing trip with a guide this past fall in the 3 to 4 pound range. I have caught a couple in that range, nearing 3 lbs., bank fishing.

During the summer, they congregate way back up in the feeder creeks also in the coves. Some interesting videos on YouTube showing some huge number catches.

There are fish cleaning stations near the boat ramp so a guy could literally fill an ice cooler full of cleaned fish on a good day.

There is a no-throw-back policy on the lake: either take them to eat or leave them on the bank. That tells you how prolific they are.

Brad

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#11479024 - 03/15/16 01:44 PM Re: Tilapia baits [Re: etu]
dkershen Offline
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Registered: 07/12/09
Posts: 364
Loc: DFW
Anyone know of a place near Denton with them? I'd like to transfer a few to my pond. My local fish truck doesn't sell them.
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#11479812 - 03/15/16 07:06 PM Re: Tilapia baits [Re: etu]
etu Offline
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Thanks Brad and as always banker. Much appreciated.
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#11481126 - 03/16/16 11:04 AM Re: Tilapia baits [Re: etu]
Chris Richardson Offline
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I heard they bite a cast net pretty well Ed blush
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#11482530 - 03/16/16 09:57 PM Re: Tilapia baits [Re: Chris Richardson]
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Originally Posted By: Chris Richardson
I heard they bite a cast net pretty well Ed blush






Plus #1. Can't go wrong there! thumb
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#11483073 - 03/17/16 08:40 AM Re: Tilapia baits [Re: banker-always fishing]
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Originally Posted By: banker-always fishing
I have heard they feed on small flies and other small insects. I have caught a lot of Tilapia over the years and most of them have been caught on live worms. (Night Crawlers). I have also caught Tilapia on Big Marv's Cheese Bait, baited on a small treble hook. Other baits that I have heard about Tilapia being caught on were pees,corn,and bits of celery stalks. hmmm





Plus #1 on the live worms! He has caught his fair share of them using em.

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#11485273 - 03/18/16 08:15 AM Re: Tilapia baits [Re: etu]
fiSherwood Offline
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Registered: 01/02/07
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Loc: Dallas
I've also heard they will bite bread balls... planning to try this on Saturday...
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