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#11498692 - 03/24/16 01:09 PM Fish Parts For Cut Bait
erittmueller Offline
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Registered: 07/25/15
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Loc: Irving/Valley Ranch
I like to keep and eat "rough fish" just as much as game fish like drum, bream, bullheads, etc. I have been keeping the fillets them then cutting up the ribs, fin area, spine, the leftovers to use for catfish bait to save the time of finding shad since I'm on the bank. I've done this twice now with minimal success, though not on any other baits either these two times. Anyone have thoughts on this? Am I decreasing my bite rate by using pieces that are part bone and wasting my time with that, or does it not matter that much?

Thanks

Eric

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#11499129 - 03/24/16 04:48 PM Re: Fish Parts For Cut Bait [Re: erittmueller]
Big Zee Offline
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Registered: 02/05/08
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Loc: East Yegua
When you use cut bait, you want the meat. The meat is where the scent comes from and it also has blood in it. That is where the most scent comes from, the blood. The fresher the bait, the better. If you use the bones from the fillets, soak them in water with a good amount of garlic powder. You can freeze them like this and the garlic smell will infuse into the bait.

I have been told you can only use non game fish for your cut bait. My favorite cut bait is carp.
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#11499246 - 03/24/16 05:58 PM Re: Fish Parts For Cut Bait [Re: erittmueller]
uncle_bagster Offline
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Bream heads make a good bait.

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#11499389 - 03/24/16 07:30 PM Re: Fish Parts For Cut Bait [Re: erittmueller]
opus Offline
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I like carp as soon as I catch um beat the hell out of um with a billy club
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#11499461 - 03/24/16 07:56 PM Re: Fish Parts For Cut Bait [Re: erittmueller]
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Dang opus that don't make it sound like you like them too much!
lol!
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#11499499 - 03/24/16 08:18 PM Re: Fish Parts For Cut Bait [Re: erittmueller]
rdmac Offline
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Opus likes his carp tenderized!
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#11499507 - 03/24/16 08:20 PM Re: Fish Parts For Cut Bait [Re: erittmueller]
opus Offline
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Tenderized & bruised from end to end the bloodier the better
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#11499515 - 03/24/16 08:23 PM Re: Fish Parts For Cut Bait [Re: erittmueller]
acbrown1977 Offline
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Registered: 03/23/16
Posts: 69
nothing like doubling the fun BEFORE the cats LOL

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#11499592 - 03/24/16 08:54 PM Re: Fish Parts For Cut Bait [Re: erittmueller]
Txmedic033 Offline
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Registered: 08/13/13
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To answer your question, any part of the fish can work. That being said, the fillets and heads tend to outperform everything else since they emit more scent.

Carp are pretty easy pickings right now. Find any bowfishermen and they can get you more than you would ever want. I have a couple gallons of "tenderized" carp fillets in the freezer.

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#11499889 - 03/24/16 10:35 PM Re: Fish Parts For Cut Bait [Re: erittmueller]
Txmedic033 Offline
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Registered: 08/13/13
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Shad haven't exactly been hard to come by either.


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#11504129 - 03/27/16 12:01 PM Re: Fish Parts For Cut Bait [Re: erittmueller]
acbrown1977 Offline
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Registered: 03/23/16
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I tried using a bluegill win not much luck.
When I switched to a double rig with a shad dipbait plus bluegill, I got hits on the dip bait but nothing on the bluegill.
Lookedd like the size of hooks/cutbait was the problem so I downsized... I think by then my luck ran out... chuming would have probably helped big time with the cut bait though.

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#11504188 - 03/27/16 12:41 PM Re: Fish Parts For Cut Bait [Re: opus]
BrianTx01 Offline
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Originally Posted By: opus
I like carp as soon as I catch um beat the hell out of um with a billy club


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#11504649 - 03/27/16 06:48 PM Re: Fish Parts For Cut Bait [Re: erittmueller]
JimmyA Offline
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Registered: 10/14/12
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Loc: new boston
While using noodles the heads seem to be more productive for me!
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