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  • Looking for bait tips

     Charles updated 11 months, 2 weeks ago 2 Members · 9 Posts
  • Charles

    Member
    June 13, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    I’ll be fishing in the Pamunky and Mattaponi, the bait ice got (sitting in a container) is chicken livers, cut up hot dogs, cherry jello, garlic powder, garlic salt, and bacon grease. I feel silly typing this, but do catfish go for this sort thing? I’ve got bottom rigs, and jigs, ready to go. Are there any tips anyone can recommend for fishing these two rivers?

  • ThisHombre

    Guest
    June 13, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    Live or cut bait will always work better than those.

    A little bit ago I casted out a live gizzard shad and ended up catching a large mouth. Real shit man!

    Just thought I’d share that

  • Feeling_Side8181

    Guest
    June 13, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    Raw Large shrimp unpeeled!

  • Pop_A_Cap

    Guest
    June 13, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    Medium raw shrimp works well…

  • Billybob_Bojangles

    Guest
    June 13, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    Stink bait has always been my go to – however I only fish lake.

  • FishingTheMidsouth

    Guest
    June 13, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    First and foremost is determining the species of catfish and the size you want to catch.

    Channels are more likely to eat stinkbait than blues or flatheads. Smaller fish will also be less picky about what they eat.

    Live or cut shad, bluegill, mullet, herring, or whatever is the normal baitfish in that body of water are usually going to be the best bet. Fresh beats frozen.

  • ImGunnaBeHonestChief

    Guest
    June 13, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    I’ve been using shad on the Ohio for the past 2 weeks and haven’t had a nibble. Used cut blue gill and Atleast caught a 7lb flat head

  • Titaniumgiant

    Guest
    June 13, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    That will get you mostly babies. You need bluegills, shad, baby caps

  • 703710boi

    Guest
    June 13, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    I fish the Rapp so first, howdy neighbor! Second I usually fish for bluegill at a local lake and either throw them in the aerator to fish live or freeze them whole to cut up once I’m at the spot. If I don’t have time to catch bait in advance I’ll run out to a bait shop and snag some live eels, they’re my favorite bait for tidal river blues since they have skin like a catfish so they stay on the hook forever. Cast netting for shad works too, but I personally prefer catching my bait on a rod and reel with a worm/bobber rig, makes me feel like a kid again.

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