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Catfish Bait Other Than Shad? #14516895 10/26/22 11:10 PM
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As I've said in my other thread in this Forum, I'm new to catfishing. So far I have only used shrimp, store bought muscles, chicken liver, chicken hearts and cut bream.

The liver sucks, hearts are better, the muscles (soaked in liver juice) have done good, the shrimp of course has been the best. The bream was a big hand size that I caught in 23fow was not anywhere near as good as I thought it would be.

I've thrown cast nets before to catch live bait for offshore fishing. I'm not good at throwing it but most of the time it opens up enough. I see nice size schools around the marina in 8 to 10fow. I just haven't tried yet.

So, what is your 2nd choice after some form of shad?

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Re: Catfish Bait Other Than Shad? [Re: CaptnC] #14516947 10/26/22 11:48 PM
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After shad, for me it's live perch. Shad just has no equal in the waters I have fished. But live perch are always my best option if no shad. My third choice would be live crawfish, they have done me proud on many occasions, then I would be into the cut bait. That's just how I go after the trophy cats with live bait.

Re: Catfish Bait Other Than Shad? [Re: CaptnC] #14517152 10/27/22 10:28 AM
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First choice is Shad, second is shad, third is shad...

But, I brought frozen skipjack home from a trip to Alabama and it has done really well...


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Re: Catfish Bait Other Than Shad? [Re: CaptnC] #14517453 10/27/22 03:11 PM
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One of the members here recommended chicken. It has done well for me. I have used the strawberry jello and without, both worked well when I cannot get shad in the winter.

Re: Catfish Bait Other Than Shad? [Re: CaptnC] #14517708 10/27/22 07:31 PM
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i kill them with liver at Lake Arlington

Re: Catfish Bait Other Than Shad? [Re: CaptnC] #14517949 10/28/22 12:58 AM
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1st Cut sunfish 2 cut drum 3 cut carp or Buffalo , for blues
Channels corn , worms , punch bait cut bait all work good for them

Re: Catfish Bait Other Than Shad? [Re: CaptnC] #14517952 10/28/22 12:59 AM
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I'm a shad guy but I'll tell you that Stubby's worked excellent for me last Saturday at Righland Chambers catching 50(blues&channels mostly blues) by 11 AM. This was over a baited hole with range cubes. Not my every day outing but it dang sure worked, and worked excellent. I'll also add that you have to be in fish for any bait to work.

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Danny kings punch bait or cjs punch bait


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Re: Catfish Bait Other Than Shad? [Re: CaptnC] #14519397 10/29/22 03:37 AM
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Just to update yesterday's results...one of my buddies was at the ramp when we got there. He was throwing his cast net while got the boat ready to lunch.

He ended up with 10 or so and of course they died about the time they hit the water in his bucket.

Anyway we checked a couple humps to see if any Hybrids were home and actually had a double knock down while trolling and ended with a double Large Mouth Bass! From there we went to one of two spots we caught cats at last week...I have two poles rigged with what call a Sow Snapper Rig...swivel on the rod end, 1oz (offshore it would 6oz minimum) pinned about 3" from the swivel, then another swivel to hang a 2 leader for the hook.

Anyway I hooked a 3" shad through the lips and dropped it to the bottom in about 21fow. The other two guy rigged with chicken hearts. After about 5 minutes of soaking the shad with no takers, I put a 1" chuck of shrimp on my other rod and sent it to the bottom! The two rods were maybe two feet apart, when the shrimp get pulled down! I crank up a 13" Blue, same piece of shrimp back to the bottom, again...moments later I'm hit again! Another Blue about 14". I see the same mangled piece of shrimp down again, again I get hit right away. Another 14" Blue.

I reel up the shad and he has never been touched! I wasn't talking about what I had on bottom so my two buddies thought I was getting hit on shad so the sent shad down. I sent down another piece of shrimp...but that was it!

I ended up fishing that same shad the whole afternoon. Three or four times on Hybrids and on one more cat spot in 22fow where I repeated the same thing...two shrimp down, a 17" Channel and a 20" Blue! Finally some cats in the box!

We have 17" self imposed limit on catfish in my boat unless it's hooked deep.

We used maybe 5 shad the whole day with on one honest bite. One guy was reeling up on a shad and got bit on the way up. We had caught a small Hybrid on the spot so pretty sure it was another on.

We caught 7 cats all together, 6 on bait and I caught one on a jigging spoon after Hybrids. Only 2 made the box, funny thing is I six of the seven we caught, but anyway they complimented the the Hybrids and White Bass that were in the box!

I know you guys target "trophy" size Blues, but what were we doing wrong with the shad?

Is shrimp, muscles, chicken hearts and liver just small considered small catfish bait?

Re: Catfish Bait Other Than Shad? [Re: jackiekennedyfishingguide] #14519403 10/29/22 03:50 AM
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Originally Posted by jackiekennedyfishingguide
I'm a shad guy but I'll tell you that Stubby's worked excellent for me last Saturday at Righland Chambers catching 50(blues&channels mostly blues) by 11 AM. This was over a baited hole with range cubes. Not my every day outing but it dang sure worked, and worked excellent. I'll also add that you have to be in fish for any bait to work.

My wife has a little lower standard on catfish so when she is in the boat we lower the minimum size down to 14", unless the bite is good...we slid it up to 16" and still the 2 of us put 32 in the box with mostly shrimp.

We caught and released about 40 undersized Hybrids (that's not exaggerated, either, might be a bit low) with one 22" legal Hybrid.

Anyway we were on a decent cat bite and the Hybrids moved in on top of the catfish. The exact same thing happened a few days earlier when I had my youngest daughter's family out. When I had my daugther out we used the muscles on the Hybrids. We didn't catch as many as my wife and I, but we still ca

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Originally Posted by jackiekennedyfishingguide
I'm a shad guy but I'll tell you that Stubby's worked excellent for me last Saturday at Righland Chambers catching 50(blues&channels mostly blues) by 11 AM. This was over a baited hole with range cubes. Not my every day outing but it dang sure worked, and worked excellent. I'll also add that you have to be in fish for any bait to work.

Good job Jackie ! Stubby said you called and ordered some more bait.


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I did order more bait an will be using it on CC when I get me some holes baited.


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Re: Catfish Bait Other Than Shad? [Re: littlewheel] #14519591 10/29/22 01:54 PM
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Originally Posted by jackiekennedyfishingguide
I'm a shad guy but I'll tell you that Stubby's worked excellent for me last Saturday at Righland Chambers catching 50(blues&channels mostly blues) by 11 AM. This was over a baited hole with range cubes. Not my every day outing but it dang sure worked, and worked excellent. I'll also add that you have to be in fish for any bait to work.

Good job Jackie ! Stubby said you called and ordered some more bait.

You have a web site where I can look at your bait?

All the stuff I've been buying has got a bit expensive!

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We donโ€™t have a website. It is a dough bait that we fish straight down with a #4 treble hook and braided line.


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Originally Posted by littlewheel
We donโ€™t have a website. It is a dough bait that we fish straight down with a #4 treble hook and braided line.

GOOOOOD STUFF Right there!!


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