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#11518372 - 04/02/16 08:29 PM Best bait for catchin 5 to 15 lb blues on trot lines?
CarolinaRigger Offline
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So I mainly fish for big blues/flatheads for sport. But I'm in the process of getting my commercial license to sell catfish. I've always used big live bream to catch big blues and flatheads. I've never really targeted small and mid-sized blues that people would be more pleased to eat. I'm assuming cut bream and shad would be great which is the plan but if you run trot lines you know as well as I know that you can't always count on finding bream and shad. With that being said....do any of ya'll have any advice on what type of bait to keep as a back up plan that is cost efficient? If I could find a bait, that didn't require me to trap it or cast net it, that produced nearly as good I would much rather use it to save time and work. Anybody got any tricks they're willing to share that'll help me target 15 lb blues and smaller? Thanks.

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#11518814 - 04/03/16 08:07 AM Re: Best bait for catchin 5 to 15 lb blues on trot lines? [Re: CarolinaRigger]
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Where will you be fishing?
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#11518894 - 04/03/16 09:20 AM Re: Best bait for catchin 5 to 15 lb blues on trot lines? [Re: CarolinaRigger]
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Maybe some kind of dough bait or prepared bait, but I dunno how cost effective that would be. Is there anyway you could sein minnows?

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#11518961 - 04/03/16 10:02 AM Re: Best bait for catchin 5 to 15 lb blues on trot lines? [Re: CarolinaRigger]
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#11518970 - 04/03/16 10:06 AM Re: Best bait for catchin 5 to 15 lb blues on trot lines? [Re: CarolinaRigger]
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Sounds like you already know that shad is the best bait for blues so when you can get them stick with those. Bluegill is second best imo. As to your specific situation, my suggestion would be to learn how to fish for carp. The avid carp fisherman on this forum are experts and they catch carp very consistently all year round. Even one 2 or 3 pound carp would provide ALOT of bait. Just cut it up into 1"-2" cubes. One thing I love about cut carp is it stays on the hook very well, especially if you hook it through the skin. It's also very oily which provides a good amount of scent. I would get yourself a cheap deep freezer, start carp fishing and stock that freezer full.

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#11518981 - 04/03/16 10:13 AM Re: Best bait for catchin 5 to 15 lb blues on trot lines? [Re: CarolinaRigger]
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In my experience, no baits soaked longer than cut baffallo or carp and catch big blue catfish. They have to be fresh not frozen. You can buy baffallo fish from Asia super markets year round, and they usually cost less than $2 per pound. In Spring, I usually reuse the same piece to catch multiple fish so it can be very cost effective.

Also if I were a Comercial fisherman l, I would invest in a small tank/pond to raise carps and buffalo fish for baits. In the summer, carps spawn at Tawakoni in shallow coves by the hundreds if not thousands, they're easy to catch...
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#11518988 - 04/03/16 10:17 AM Re: Best bait for catchin 5 to 15 lb blues on trot lines? [Re: spazm09]
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Dang Spasmz09, didn't see your post, we must have typed at same time, lol.
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#11519042 - 04/03/16 11:00 AM Re: Best bait for catchin 5 to 15 lb blues on trot lines? [Re: CarolinaRigger]
spazm09 Offline
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Haha yeah. The carp raising idea is awesome but it is very ambitious. Wish I had some land to do that on.

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#11519046 - 04/03/16 11:02 AM Re: Best bait for catchin 5 to 15 lb blues on trot lines? [Re: jmh004]
CarolinaRigger Offline
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Loc: Tatum, TX
Originally Posted By: jmh004
Maybe some kind of dough bait or prepared bait, but I dunno how cost effective that would be. Is there anyway you could sein minnows?


Not really....I have a seine but don't have a body of water near me that has large amounts of minnows stacked on top of each other. I've tried, the results just aren't worth the effort. Thanks for your input.

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#11519047 - 04/03/16 11:03 AM Re: Best bait for catchin 5 to 15 lb blues on trot lines? [Re: CarolinaRigger]
spazm09 Offline
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Thinking about your idea more... if I were gonna raise fish for bait, I would probably raise bluegill instead.

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#11519050 - 04/03/16 11:06 AM Re: Best bait for catchin 5 to 15 lb blues on trot lines? [Re: CarolinaRigger]
CarolinaRigger Offline
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Registered: 12/03/09
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Loc: Tatum, TX
I've heard carp are very good bait. I actually bowfish from time to time. Maybe I can shoot a couple and freeze like one of you said. I wonder how much of the effectiveness will be lost if I freeze them instead of use them fresh. As I stated before....shad and bream will be the first plan, but if its a day or weekend that I just can't find the bait fish....things like frozen carp may serve as my back up plan. You think it would at least work in a pinch?

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#11519053 - 04/03/16 11:07 AM Re: Best bait for catchin 5 to 15 lb blues on trot lines? [Re: CarolinaRigger]
CarolinaRigger Offline
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Loc: Tatum, TX
I have a guy that will let me trap his pond for bream but I dont wanna catch them all out so I'm gonna mix it up from time to time so his pond will keep bream in it, lol.

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#11519056 - 04/03/16 11:10 AM Re: Best bait for catchin 5 to 15 lb blues on trot lines? [Re: LMH Steel]
CarolinaRigger Offline
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Loc: Tatum, TX
Originally Posted By: LMH Steel
Where will you be fishing?


Sabine River near Tatum/Carthage area as well as Lake Murvaul. Commercial fishing is only allowed in certain counties. I live is Rusk county but it isn't allowed. However, every surrounding county is. Gregg, Panola, and Harrison will be the counties I fish.


Edited by CarolinaRigger (04/03/16 11:12 AM)

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#11519061 - 04/03/16 11:14 AM Re: Best bait for catchin 5 to 15 lb blues on trot lines? [Re: steveiam]
CarolinaRigger Offline
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Loc: Tatum, TX
Like just chicken? The meat?...never tried it but the ole lady might have to replace supper with something else if I get in a bind, lol.

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#11519239 - 04/03/16 02:56 PM Re: Best bait for catchin 5 to 15 lb blues on trot lines? [Re: CarolinaRigger]
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