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#12587113 - 01/20/18 08:01 AM Fish feeder on my dock?
sae Online   content
Outdoorsman

Registered: 06/12/17
Posts: 227
Loc: cedar hill tx.
I am proly going to do it.I would like your input.help or hurt crappie,bream ,catfish,carp,or?
If you know something,say something.probably going to use rabbit or laying pellets ,3 times a wk. 2to3 lb. per feed.
Thank's in advance.

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#12587168 - 01/20/18 08:59 AM Re: Fish feeder on my dock? [Re: sae]
whnigt Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 04/01/04
Posts: 1389
Loc: Troy, Tx.
We use to have one at my dads tank. The catfish will get trained, like deer at a feeder. They will learn when it goes off and show up. If you fish at that time catch one fish and they leave till next feeding. Our fish were trained at one time when we would walk across the dock they would start coming up. We also used a floating ring at of PVC for the food to land in. They would come up like a vacuum cleaner and eat graeat site to see.

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#12587373 - 01/20/18 12:33 PM Re: Fish feeder on my dock? [Re: sae]
Meadowlark Online   content
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 11/04/04
Posts: 3103
Loc: East Texas
Will help bream and catfish, not much effect on others...except grass carp and Tilapia which will eat fish food over vegetation, defeating the purpose. Do not use rabbit food. Use a fish food formulation with preferably over 30% protein. Tractor Supply sells a couple of good ones.

The downsides are water quality issues and trained fish....not to mention the challenges with critters.

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#12587909 - 01/20/18 09:28 PM Re: Fish feeder on my dock? [Re: sae]
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Registered: 07/13/14
Posts: 3371
Loc: Arlington
I spoke to a dock owner on Fork who fed them. He fed them while I sat in my boat and the catfish came up and were going crazy but he told me the same thing that Whnigt said. If you catch one they will all disappear.

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#12588119 - 01/21/18 07:23 AM Re: Fish feeder on my dock? [Re: sae]
sae Online   content
Outdoorsman

Registered: 06/12/17
Posts: 227
Loc: cedar hill tx.
I hear you on the 1 and gone onthe surface at feed time.I am hopeing that they will hang aroud the area so when ever
my grand kids show up their odds are better.all help appreciated.

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#12589674 - 01/21/18 10:40 PM Re: Fish feeder on my dock? [Re: whnigt]
toofy Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 12/26/15
Posts: 576
Loc: Fort Worth
Originally Posted By: whnigt
We use to have one at my dads tank. The catfish will get trained, like deer at a feeder. They will learn when it goes off and show up. If you fish at that time catch one fish and they leave till next feeding. Our fish were trained at one time when we would walk across the dock they would start coming up. We also used a floating ring at of PVC for the food to land in. They would come up like a vacuum cleaner and eat graeat site to see.


I've seen those PVC square floating around some docks and always wondered what they were.

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#12590090 - 01/22/18 10:06 AM Re: Fish feeder on my dock? [Re: sae]
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Registered: 06/09/04
Posts: 23
Loc: Austin
I had one on my dock but took it down. So many turtles showed up and never left.

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#12591022 - 01/22/18 06:59 PM Re: Fish feeder on my dock? [Re: sae]
butch sanders Offline
TFF Guru

Registered: 03/17/05
Posts: 26586
Loc: Arlington, Texas
we throw cracked corn out, at my Dads dock
Lake Arlington
it will sink
feed for a few days
&
catch an ice box full
of beautiful Channel Cats
throw guts back in

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#12592253 - 01/23/18 02:03 PM Re: Fish feeder on my dock? [Re: Bobby Milam]
Mo Offline
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Registered: 10/08/01
Posts: 12470
Loc: Lake Palestine/Cherokee co
Originally Posted By: Bobby Milam
I spoke to a dock owner on Fork who fed them. He fed them while I sat in my boat and the catfish came up and were going crazy but he told me the same thing that Whnigt said. If you catch one they will all disappear.


there is a trick to catching surfacing catfish. fish the edge , when you hook one , let it
swim away from the school. Lead it to the backside of the dock and use a long dip net.

If you never let it splash on the surface , it will not spook the others. I used to do this with a fly rod. Channel cat seem to like the " orange comet " pattern.

good luck



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