Thanks for the info everyone. That is definitely good to know regarding the amino acid detection in fish blood. I've never really used creek chubs or shad. As far as live bait goes, I've tried smaller minnows with relative success. What I've mostly used is fresh gills and sunfish cut up and to be honest haven't really caught that many on that (I'm sure I was just hitting some really crappy waters). I'll agree that a minnow trap is a definite must for any fisherman's arsenal (especially for catfish).
Just curious, have any of you caught a bulk of live bait and then threw it in the freezer and used it at a later date? I've always wondered if it matters if fresh vs. frozen makes all that much of a difference. For those of you who do freeze and use it at a later date, have you still had decent success with it? If so, what would be the longest you would recommend keeping frozen bait before it becomes non-effective?
Own some property in Athens, OH which is where I've primarily done most of my catfishing. I've hit the Hocking River and Ohio River when I can and have had some fair success. Never hooked into anything big on either river though.
Very true, big bait = big whiskers! There are a couple lakes back home where I can catch 20-30 juvenile catfish every time I go out. I think this year, I'm going to focus on the big boys and go with larger bait.
How do you feel about catching your bait and freezing it for later use? Of course fresher is better and it would be better to catch your bait right before you head out for the night, but I am contemplating stockin up on some good cut bait to last me a couple weeks. Thoughts?
Was just curious if anyone has ever had any decent luck with dip baits? I've tried a couple different ones with no luck. I was thinking about trying some of the Secret 7 dip bait from Team Catfish because I have heard some good stuff about it.
Anyone ever use this? If not, anyone have any dip bait that they have had some good success with? I really would like to switch it up from chicken livers this year to see what I can hook into.
Hey Everyone. I love in the northeastern part of OH (East of Cleveland) and was wondering anyone has any suggestions of good places to hook into real nice catfish. I'm used to hitting up some smaller rivers and lakes and haven't really been fortunate enough to hook into a very nice catfish. Also, are there any bodies of water up around here that have a decent population of flatheads? I've never caught one of those either and am looking to maybe make this year be the first time I catch one! Thanks in advance for any insight!
Hey Everyone! Just joined the board and I'm pretty pumped to talk with all of you and learn a lot more about the sport of catfishing. I've been fishing for whiskers for quite a few years now and have been mostly targeting channels and bullies. I'm looking forward to hearin' all your tips and secrets for pullin' in big catfish!