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#11828000 - 09/14/16 07:56 AM Drift fishing with live bait
Big Zee Offline
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Registered: 02/05/08
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Loc: East Yegua
Almost all my catfishing has been done by anchoring or tied off to a tree. Been getting into the drift fishing thing and have had some success. I was wondering do any of ya'll ever use live large minnows or gold fish to drift fish with? I know we use them for yellow cats in the rivers and catch blues and channels on them also. I've been catfishing for over 49 years now, but I'm really just a drift fishing rookie here. Been reading all the advice ya'll have given to everyone who asks and have put it to practice. Plan on doing more catfishing this winter then duck hunting. It's getting a little hard to get the old bones going that early in the morning anymore. cheers
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#11828007 - 09/14/16 08:03 AM Re: Drift fishing with live bait [Re: Big Zee]
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I personally haven't done very well with goldfish. Usually use cut shad. I have used a lot of live shad but have found it not worth the hassle. On the lakes I fish, the sandbass and hybrids get to the live bait before the cats usually.
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#11834582 - 09/17/16 08:22 PM Re: Drift fishing with live bait [Re: tgravley aka lewisvillecatfish]
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Originally Posted By: tgravley aka lewisvillecatfish
I personally haven't done very well with goldfish. Usually use cut shad. I have used a lot of live shad but have found it not worth the hassle. On the lakes I fish, the sandbass and hybrids get to the live bait before the cats usually.

+1 on the goldfish-
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#11835234 - 09/18/16 09:55 AM Re: Drift fishing with live bait [Re: Big Zee]
Big Zee Offline
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Loc: East Yegua
We use the gold fish on the Little River for yellow cats. You either catch a yellow or a snake. The minnow we use are about 4 to 5 inches long. A elderly gentleman sales them at his gas station. Hadn't had them lately.

Have ya'll every tried cut gold fish? They suppose to be from the carp family and I know we do good on cut carp for blues on jugs.
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#11836641 - 09/19/16 07:59 AM Re: Drift fishing with live bait [Re: Big Zee]
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Cut shad for me.

Sometimes we buy live and use it, but it does not seem any better. Will catch some bass though.
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#11836743 - 09/19/16 08:57 AM Re: Drift fishing with live bait [Re: Big Zee]
Andrew Taylor Offline
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Cut shad for me too, never tried live bait but i have a feeling bass would get to it first. Even with cut bait you'll pick up a hyb or strip
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#11836846 - 09/19/16 09:47 AM Re: Drift fishing with live bait [Re: Big Zee]
OPTIMUS PRIME Offline
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Me three... And lets not forget the power of a nice handsized piece of cut perch. smile Everytime I see one I'm like ewwwwww...food It sure makes a fine meal for an aged bluekitty that likes a little ranch dressing on their cold saltgrass steakhouse salad with croutons and cheese... roflmao roflmao roflmao thumb
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#11836907 - 09/19/16 10:25 AM Re: Drift fishing with live bait [Re: Big Zee]
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We use live small shad late summer when there finicky on the bite...I got a bait tank and shad are easy our way so we only keep about a dozen then throw again noidea

Prime you need to got to Whataburger man & get the triple food
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#11837474 - 09/19/16 02:42 PM Re: Drift fishing with live bait [Re: Big Zee]
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Channels love nightcrawlers Im not a pro but they work for me drifting or tied up And they're not near as messy

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#11838294 - 09/19/16 09:11 PM Re: Drift fishing with live bait [Re: Big Sam]
OPTIMUS PRIME Offline
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Originally Posted By: Big Sam
We use live small shad late summer when there finicky on the bite...I got a bait tank and shad are easy our way so we only keep about a dozen then throw again noidea

Prime you need to got to Whataburger man & get the triple food


roflmao roflmao roflmao cheers
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#11839705 - 09/20/16 03:39 PM Re: Drift fishing with live bait [Re: DJB]
Big Zee Offline
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Loc: East Yegua
Originally Posted By: DJB
Channels love nightcrawlers Im not a pro but they work for me drifting or tied up And they're not near as messy


I knew this one elderly gentleman who would only use nightcrawlers. He would always have cats in the ice chest. I still use a lot of those old timers ways. cheers
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#11843041 - 09/22/16 10:22 AM Re: Drift fishing with live bait [Re: Big Zee]
ZZredfish1 Offline
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I've never drifted for catfish ever. I keep saying I'm going to then I anchor up and catch some.

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#11843727 - 09/22/16 04:23 PM Re: Drift fishing with live bait [Re: ZZredfish1]
Big Zee Offline
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Originally Posted By: ZZredfish1
I've never drifted for catfish ever. I keep saying I'm going to then I anchor up and catch some.


I was like that, sometimes still am. But getting more and more into this drifting and liking it more. Gives a better chance to big cats.
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#11844427 - 09/23/16 01:20 AM Re: Drift fishing with live bait [Re: Big Zee]
MathGeek Offline
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Originally Posted By: Big Zee
Originally Posted By: DJB
Channels love nightcrawlers Im not a pro but they work for me drifting or tied up And they're not near as messy


I knew this one elderly gentleman who would only use nightcrawlers. He would always have cats in the ice chest. I still use a lot of those old timers ways. cheers


Not elderly yet, but I always bring nightcrawlers. Sometimes they want 'em more.
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#11847605 - 09/25/16 01:06 AM Re: Drift fishing with live bait [Re: OPTIMUS PRIME]
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Originally Posted By: OPTIMUS PRIME
Me three... And lets not forget the power of a nice handsized piece of cut perch. smile Everytime I see one I'm like ewwwwww...food It sure makes a fine meal for an aged bluekitty that likes a little ranch dressing on their cold saltgrass steakhouse salad with croutons and cheese... roflmao roflmao roflmao thumb


You're making me hungry Rick! I love me some Saltgrass. food cheers
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