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Any way to "filter out" the small ones? #13735893 10/19/20 04:16 PM
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In the small lake I've been fishing in, there ARE cats going up to 7 or 8 pounds, mostly channels. It's probably 6-10 acres, a little-used county park with a couple of "fishing piers" that are really nice to fish from. I would estimate it's 15-20 feet deep in the middle. I sit on the pier and cast out to the middle, about 40 yards, using a standard bottom slip rig. I've been using CJ's or Danny King's on #4 trebles, usually with a shot of Baitmate attractant, but miss about 90% of the strikes, so I'm planning to change to chicken breast chunks on #5 circle hooks, maybe on a drop rig, to get a better hookup ratio.

One problem remains, however: it seems like the INSTANT your bait hits the bottom, it gets mobbed by 10-12 inch channels. You don't even have time to sit down before your rod tip starts bobbing. I mean, sheesh, you can't even relax!!! And of course, it's a drag re-baiting every 5 minutes. Apparently they don't have much to eat in there; they're like a bunch of freaking piranhas.

So, as the post Title says, is there any thing I can do to sort of "filter out" those 11-inchers and have a better chance of hooking an eater? Bigger baits and hooks, maybe, but I'm thinking those buggers would just swarm all over it and nibble it to pieces.

FWIW, I don't have access to any nearby bait shop; it's just whatever I can get at the small-town grocery store, or maybe the Walmart 15 miles down the road.


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Re: Any way to "filter out" the small ones? [Re: Ruark] #13735929 10/19/20 04:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Ruark
In the small lake I've been fishing in, there ARE cats going up to 7 or 8 pounds, mostly channels. It's probably 6-10 acres, a little-used county park with a couple of "fishing piers" that are really nice to fish from. I would estimate it's 15-20 feet deep in the middle. I sit on the pier and cast out to the middle, about 40 yards, using a standard bottom slip rig. I've been using CJ's or Danny King's on #4 trebles, usually with a shot of Baitmate attractant, but miss about 90% of the strikes, so I'm planning to change to chicken breast chunks on #5 circle hooks, maybe on a drop rig, to get a better hookup ratio.

One problem remains, however: it seems like the INSTANT your bait hits the bottom, it gets mobbed by 10-12 inch channels. You don't even have time to sit down before your rod tip starts bobbing. I mean, sheesh, you can't even relax!!! And of course, it's a drag re-baiting every 5 minutes. Apparently they don't have much to eat in there; they're like a bunch of freaking piranhas.

So, as the post Title says, is there any thing I can do to sort of "filter out" those 11-inchers and have a better chance of hooking an eater? Bigger baits and hooks, maybe, but I'm thinking those buggers would just swarm all over it and nibble it to pieces.

FWIW, I don't have access to any nearby bait shop; it's just whatever I can get at the small-town grocery store, or maybe the Walmart 15 miles down the road.




Use a hot dog chunk with a #6 treble pushed through the middle of it. They pretty much have to bite where the hook is, to get the bait.

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Re: Any way to "filter out" the small ones? [Re: Ruark] #13736095 10/19/20 08:29 PM
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Cut bait will work the best to get the big ones. You can use any non-game fish as bait. Start with a piece about the size of your palm and work your way down till you start catching big fish. The little guys will mess with the bait but it will last a long time before you need to replace it. If you canโ€™t get cut bait then go to the store and get gizzards. Get rid of the treble hooks for a 5 plus pound fish. Go with a big circle hook or J hook. Good luck and let us know how you do.

Re: Any way to "filter out" the small ones? [Re: Ruark] #13736301 10/19/20 11:45 PM
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I would try to use chicken hearts as baits. They sit good on double hooks.

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