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#11857696 - 09/30/16 03:21 PM What is your favorite bait for big blues?
Dockskipper Offline
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Registered: 09/15/10
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Loc: Kingsland, TX
I have been using gizzard shad, only 3-5" whole threaded on the hook, but I have only caught one fish over 10 lbs. What should I try to get a big blue this time of year?

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#11857884 - 09/30/16 05:56 PM Re: What is your favorite bait for big blues? [Re: Dockskipper]
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Perch, goo, and gizzard shad for now. When the water cools off add cut buffalo to that list.
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#11857998 - 09/30/16 07:11 PM Re: What is your favorite bait for big blues? [Re: Dockskipper]
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I fish with chicken livers with a liberal amount of garlic powder added (not garlic salt) for channel cats and outfish my partners by 2 to 1 usually when they ARE SLINGING homemade cheese baits, live shad, shrimps, or cut bait bream. At these times I have hooked up (unexpectedly) with some huge blues in shallow waters and biggest to date is over 50 lbs and many in the 25-35 lb class. Nice action on a 12 lb test line if you have the time. Takes a while to wear them down but worth it IMO.

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#11858020 - 09/30/16 07:22 PM Re: What is your favorite bait for big blues? [Re: Dockskipper]
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Cut shad
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#11858155 - 09/30/16 09:02 PM Re: What is your favorite bait for big blues? [Re: Dockskipper]
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#11858638 - 10/01/16 10:25 AM Re: What is your favorite bait for big blues? [Re: Dockskipper]
psycho0819 Offline
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Cut bait, the fresher the better. Perch, shad, gaspergoo, carp, buffalo, just about any legal trash fish.
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#11860137 - 10/02/16 11:49 AM Re: What is your favorite bait for big blues? [Re: Dockskipper]
Dockskipper Offline
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Loc: Kingsland, TX
Never thought about using goo for cutbait. I just threw one that was perfect size back. Thanks for the info guys. I will post my catch over the next few days on Buchanan. I'm not fishing the tournament next weekend, but maybe I can help someone out.

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#11860508 - 10/02/16 04:20 PM Re: What is your favorite bait for big blues? [Re: Dockskipper]
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Large cut gizzard shad, perch heads, buffalo
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#11861080 - 10/02/16 08:43 PM Re: What is your favorite bait for big blues? [Re: Dockskipper]
MercuryJump Offline
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The biggest shad you can find. They have more blood and oil. Cut the gut pocket out in a straight line, toss it. Cut the head off, then cut the back into good sized chunks. I caught a 30lb blue Friday night with cut shad.
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#11866774 - 10/05/16 08:05 PM Re: What is your favorite bait for big blues? [Re: Dockskipper]
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#11867479 - 10/06/16 09:57 AM Re: What is your favorite bait for big blues? [Re: Dockskipper]
JJ4MEL Offline
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Registered: 01/21/09
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Caught a big blue Saturday night from the banks on a perch head. First time I have ever caught a cat on a fish head. I fish from the banks so my "go to" baits recently have been cut perch, cut shad and live crawfish.

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#11867552 - 10/06/16 10:27 AM Re: What is your favorite bait for big blues? [Re: Dockskipper]
Muzzlebrake Offline
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Fresh water mussels will catch too. Bust them open and dig out the mussel and catch you a biggun.
I mostly use perch though since they are easily caught. Slice the sides a couple of time to let out the juices and use them whole.
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#11868689 - 10/06/16 10:47 PM Re: What is your favorite bait for big blues? [Re: Dockskipper]
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Fresh caught shad!!
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#11868741 - 10/07/16 03:52 AM Re: What is your favorite bait for big blues? [Re: Dockskipper]
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bait is #2
Where you put the bait is #1
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#11868850 - 10/07/16 07:49 AM Re: What is your favorite bait for big blues? [Re: jackiekennedyfishingguide]
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Originally Posted By: jackiekennedyfishingguide
bait is #2
Where you put the bait is #1


This is what makes drift fishing so good. You cover a lot of water with your bait. I really like shad, then carp, then chicken hearts.
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