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good baits for monster catfish?

Postby jpm5171988 » Wed Mar 03, 2010 9:43 pm

theres a retention pond by my house thats been around for a long time. someone told me that a friend of his caught a 54 lb catfish out of it. I want to do the same. what would be some good bait choices?
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Re: good baits for monster catfish?

Postby imboray » Thu Mar 04, 2010 9:29 am

Live bluegill or perch
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Re: good baits for monster catfish?

Postby gooserslan » Thu Mar 04, 2010 4:38 pm

We catch lots of 20-40 pound cats on the rivers up here using Bluegill. A nice 4-5 inch one is prime size. I also have friends who say big bluegills catch big Cats. They only use 7" and up. Which is a decent size bluegill. They may not get as many strikes as the guys using the smaller sized baits but when they do hold on cause its usually a big fish.
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Re: good baits for monster catfish?

Postby duckman27 » Fri Mar 05, 2010 2:32 pm

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Re: good baits for monster catfish?

Postby illinoisduckboy15 » Tue Apr 13, 2010 6:46 pm

since its a small pond i would use both bluegills and CHICKEN LIVERS. all i use up here and they work awesome
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Re: good baits for monster catfish?

Postby cinnamonteal7 » Tue Apr 13, 2010 7:39 pm

get i nice sized bulld head clip his stingers and split his tail in the middle with a knife till you draw blood then hold on :beer:
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Re: good baits for monster catfish?

Postby swampbilly 1980 » Wed Apr 14, 2010 8:53 am

cinnamonteal7 wrote:get i nice sized bulld head clip his stingers and split his tail in the middle with a knife till you draw blood then hold on :beer:
illinoisduckboy15 wrote:since its a small pond i would use both bluegills and CHICKEN LIVERS. all i use up here and they work awesome
duckman27 wrote:Live bream
gooserslan wrote:We catch lots of 20-40 pound cats on the rivers up here using Bluegill. A nice 4-5 inch one is prime size. I also have friends who say big bluegills catch big Cats. They only use 7" and up. Which is a decent size bluegill. They may not get as many strikes as the guys using the smaller sized baits but when they do hold on cause its usually a big fish.
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Re: good baits for monster catfish?

Postby GroundSwatter » Wed Apr 14, 2010 8:57 am

I just haven't had any luck with that stinky stuff. Bream, whether they're live or cut bait have always caught more fish for me than any stink bait.
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Re: good baits for monster catfish?

Postby Papachessie » Sat Apr 17, 2010 7:24 pm

illinoisduckboy15 wrote:since its a small pond i would use both bluegills and CHICKEN LIVERS. all i use up here and they work awesome

I've also done well on chicken livers. Other people I know use shad.
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Re: good baits for monster catfish?

Postby HuntersDad » Thu May 20, 2010 6:02 am

I've always used cut-up sunfish and have done well.
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Re: good baits for monster catfish?

Postby dave_pronto » Fri May 28, 2010 4:28 pm

I've been using Cut bait and cut eels on the James River. Works pretty well. :biggrin:
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Re: good baits for monster catfish?

Postby quackerattacker » Sun May 30, 2010 8:09 pm

If it's flatheads you're after, rice slicks are best (green sunfish). Big channel cats and blues...beef blood.
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Re: good baits for monster catfish?

Postby cuppedup50 » Tue Jun 01, 2010 10:06 pm

skipjack
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Re: good baits for monster catfish?

Postby wratliffky » Sat Jun 05, 2010 7:13 am

Cherry Chicken Liver or Strawberry Shrimp.
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Re: good baits for monster catfish?

Postby Dustin07 » Fri Jun 18, 2010 11:59 am

i want to see some pictures of these 50+lb cats!
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Re: good baits for monster catfish?

Postby huntfishnv » Wed Jun 23, 2010 8:13 pm

We always did well with cut up sunfish. This may sound a little weird but i had some people tell me they smoked them on soap? Ive never tried it but Might be worth a try.
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Re: good baits for monster catfish?

Postby CutEmMS » Thu Jul 15, 2010 8:01 pm

live bream :thumbsup:
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Re: good baits for monster catfish?

Postby ks_waterfowler » Thu Jul 15, 2010 11:09 pm

Small carp and bluegills for us. We have great luck on goldfish and they are hardy. I lost a monster tonight as did my uncle with the river on the rise using nightcrawlers. I've caught more big fish on worms than anything else. Heck in one night we caught a 43, 42, 38,23, and a 10lber and I lost one that was in the 30s. Quit at 6 am when the storms rolled in.

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Re: good baits for monster catfish?

Postby duckdozer » Fri Jul 16, 2010 10:54 pm

damned man that 2nd pick almost makes your big ass look small, LOL!!! We use bluegills/green sunfish for flatheads, and then either crappie/shad guts or shad sides for channel cats.
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Re: good baits for monster catfish?

Postby 2500hdon37s » Tue Jul 27, 2010 2:43 pm

skipjack, gold fish, cut or live blue gill, chicken livers, and crawdads!
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Re: good baits for monster catfish?

Postby jimmyduck » Tue Jan 04, 2011 1:42 pm

we use shrimp, frogs and cut bait and they work excellent for the big channels we have up here.
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Re: good baits for monster catfish?

Postby Sagebrush » Thu Jan 06, 2011 12:05 pm

I hear that those crazy fishermen in California ,fishing the Sacramento river, use ..................

Hot dogs !!

Beleive it or not...............the catfish in Lake Mead are so big they scare the heck out of skin divers that go down and check out the dam every now and then. Thats got to be BIG !!

Maybe a whole chicken ??
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Re: good baits for monster catfish?

Postby Ajgall1055 » Sat Jan 08, 2011 9:07 am

Chicken livers or cut up pan fish are always good for big cats. if you lay into any big ones post up some pics
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Re: good baits for monster catfish?

Postby Johnnytheboy » Wed Jan 12, 2011 3:02 pm

Fished for catfish in the ebro in spain, we used halibut pellets, they are a fishmeal pellet but they are huge, we used about 25kg per day as we scattered allot about to draw the fish in, we caught 5.5 metric ton of fish in one week with catfish upto 150lb


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Re: good baits for monster catfish?

Postby lou_01 » Thu Jan 13, 2011 10:26 am

eel and peeler crabs work good for me.
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