Time to try some new species

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  1. chansta

    chansta keeper of the flame Supporter

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    I have accomplished my goal of catching larger bass and trout. I think it is time to move on to catfish! Especially since they are still biting and the dog days of summer and they are damn tasty. Crappie would be the other fish to target.

    What baits and methods should I consider. I’m using spinning tackle and have a boat.
    I also have octopus hooks and I’m using both braid and mono.
     
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    Hotdog pieces soaked in garlic powder. Put em on a trebble hook and just let em sit on bottom. Easy for catfish at night.
     
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    chansta keeper of the flame Supporter

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    Am I catching hotdogs or pregnant ladies? Hahaha
     
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    ROFL! amazing how universal hotdogs are for catching fish. The local perch and inshore bottom feeders. Gobble them right up.
    Cheers Jim
     
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    That’s exactly what I needed. I know they go for nightcrawlers, but so does everything else !
     
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    Sounds like if you bring worms and hotdogs your going eat one way or another. LOL. My two cents for singling out one fish from many. Gorges. If the mouth size of your target fish is much bigger than your hook. Then any fish with a big enough mouth can take it. Gorges can be made for a big fish or a small one. They dont snag as easily. Better for bottom feeder among debris and rocks.
    Cheers Jim
     
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    I seem to do best with earthworms, but hot dogs do work great, too. Catfish hang out near the bottom more than many other fish, putting the bait right on the bottom should help filter other species out. An oversized hook may help too, something only larger fish can choke down.
     
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    hard to beat chicken livers....but my go to bait is Secret 7 made by team catfish.
     
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    Catfish LOVE SPAM! We had a local Kayak fishing tournament and the winning Mahimahi was actually caught on a chunk of SPAM. Biggest Crappies I ever caught were on live shiners.
     
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    Jane Curtain/Dan Aykroyd were a new species. Sort of.

     
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    Any meat that will stay on a hook.

    Typically my catfish bait is whatever is left over from grilling that weekend, so chunks of ham steak or cheeseburger and occasionally a shrimp. Cut a chunk about the size of your thumb from tip to first knuckle, slip it onto a #4 baitholder hook and set the hook tip into the meat so it won't snag. Then cast it out. If you're on a lake or slow-moving creek/river you don't even need any weight.

    Which reminds me, I've got some leftover cheeseburgers from July 4 that I need to thaw out for tonight. Hopefully the thunderstorms hold off and I can get some catfishing in. The catfish haven't been cooperating this year.
     
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    A guy from Florida told me to cut a bar of ivory soap into six pieces, microwave them and fish for catfish. He mighta been pullin my leg?

    Not much catfishing in my neighborhood so I've not tried it.
     
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    Stick mainly to large mouth bass for the last few years but:

    Catfish - Hotdogs, SPAM, Chicken Liver, Wheaties balls (Stinkier the better on any bait IMO) My cousin swears by the Berkeley Gulp bait for bass as a catfish bait. Never used it myself but he tears them up.

    Crappie - Not sure what your laws are but we used to fish Crappie under a floating light at night with live minnows. Two guys in the boat, three rods apiece, and could hardly get one off the hook before you were pulling in the next one. This was for fish fries. We throw in-line spinners and small grubs for light Crappie fishing.
     
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    Soap actually really works. People bait trotlines with it here.
     
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    He wasn't pulling your leg. I never tried it myself but soap is a fairly common catfish bait in my area.
     
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    Catfish are excellent, cooked up with some hushpuppies, fries, and slaw yum. We typically use chicken livers and wrap it with string typically use circle hooks. But have used treble hooks as well.
     
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    I would think soap is a terrible idea regarding water quality. It breaks the surface tension and ruins water for emerging or floating insects..among probably many other things..
     

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