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What is the best bait to catch Channel cats on a trotline.

Question by Del in KS. Uploaded on February 10, 2009

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from NNMountaineer wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

I like baits that stay on the hook well and are hard for them to suck off the hook. Cut bream or any other cutbait works well but i like to freeze and thaw it a few times so it gets tuff and stinky. In brackish water in southeast virginia I have also had good luck with old rotten squid.

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from Alex Pernice th... wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

Cut gills, or the guts from a shad.

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from CPT BRAD wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

we used Minnows, big ones. Live bait, large size on a line works wells for blues and channels. (and bull heads and no they are not the same)

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from usmcturkey wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

This one time I came across this catfish bait that you use with a worm or any bait, it was a gel that you put on the sinker. The gel was sticky and smelled horrible but I caught alot of fish using the stuff.

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from TheEasternShore... wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

these all look like good baits but where I fish a worm or stink bait works fine

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from buckhunter wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

Cut gills

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from dwaynez wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

One bait I use on lines and it never fails me is beef heart, cut the beef heart into sugar cube sized pieces and you will get around 100 baits or so out of one heart. Only costs you about $3 or so for a heart and they bait is extremely tough, multiple fish can be caught on the same bait without having to rebait.

The scent it puts out is great for channels and blues alike

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from Beekeeper wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

Fresh cut bait, fresh dead shiners, crawfish, worms (use after dark) and if you live in the south Catalpa Worms!

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from Del in KS wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

Thanks guys. I have caught quit a few on uncooked shrimp and chicken livers. Wanted to know what else would work.

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from Del in KS wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

Oops thats quite

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from Jim in Mo wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

beekeeper,
Boy catalpa worms are a prize here, if I can find the trees, not many around.

Del, get something that smells. If it's spoiled meat your lovely wife is throwing out, you go to the garbage can and save it, don't tell Betty!.

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from sayerbefiddlin wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

shad or shinners but I cant wait to try beefheart thanks dwaynez

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from bomberpride wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

Stink

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from silsbyj wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

I have had a lot of luck with live bluegill and something stinky with lines on the Neosho. Alternate hooks with the two baits and you should catch something.

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from jay wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

I like using live shad or skipjack the best. Its typically easy to get with a cast net on the river. Cut bait is fine too.

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from jamesti wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

get your wife's old panty hose, cut a piece about 6inches squared or just the toe out. put chicken or turkey liver in the middle, wrap it at the top and tie it off. this let's the smell and blood out into the water and it will last for a couple days. just run the hook right through the middle. make sure they are the throw away panty hose! i made that mistake once.

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from catfishclark10 wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

I usually use live bait. Baby carp or crawdads work good. Caught sum big channel and flathead.

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from ETangler wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

Roadkill!!

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from ETangler wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

Roadkill!!

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from codymeyer11 wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

stinky stuff

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from codymeyer11 wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

buy chicken livers and put minnow in them and use them

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from fisherman1016 wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

live bait

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from FloridaHunter1226 wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

I would say to use either chicken or turkey livers... either that or gut some chad and hold on because if you put either one of those three on, they will be biting.

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from flathead catfish wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

i use cut up suckers and it works well for channels , flatheads and, blue cats.

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from rudyglove27 wrote 4 years 2 weeks ago

Agreed with Beekeeper answer above and A + 1 for you sir!!!

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from bryce wood wrote 2 years 18 weeks ago

Bluegill. Hook it through the mouth and out the gill then go through the back. hooks em every time.

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from usmcturkey wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

This one time I came across this catfish bait that you use with a worm or any bait, it was a gel that you put on the sinker. The gel was sticky and smelled horrible but I caught alot of fish using the stuff.

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from dwaynez wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

One bait I use on lines and it never fails me is beef heart, cut the beef heart into sugar cube sized pieces and you will get around 100 baits or so out of one heart. Only costs you about $3 or so for a heart and they bait is extremely tough, multiple fish can be caught on the same bait without having to rebait.

The scent it puts out is great for channels and blues alike

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from NNMountaineer wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

I like baits that stay on the hook well and are hard for them to suck off the hook. Cut bream or any other cutbait works well but i like to freeze and thaw it a few times so it gets tuff and stinky. In brackish water in southeast virginia I have also had good luck with old rotten squid.

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from Alex Pernice th... wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

Cut gills, or the guts from a shad.

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from CPT BRAD wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

we used Minnows, big ones. Live bait, large size on a line works wells for blues and channels. (and bull heads and no they are not the same)

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from TheEasternShore... wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

these all look like good baits but where I fish a worm or stink bait works fine

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from buckhunter wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

Cut gills

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from Beekeeper wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

Fresh cut bait, fresh dead shiners, crawfish, worms (use after dark) and if you live in the south Catalpa Worms!

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from Del in KS wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

Thanks guys. I have caught quit a few on uncooked shrimp and chicken livers. Wanted to know what else would work.

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from Del in KS wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

Oops thats quite

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from Jim in Mo wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

beekeeper,
Boy catalpa worms are a prize here, if I can find the trees, not many around.

Del, get something that smells. If it's spoiled meat your lovely wife is throwing out, you go to the garbage can and save it, don't tell Betty!.

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from sayerbefiddlin wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

shad or shinners but I cant wait to try beefheart thanks dwaynez

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from bomberpride wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

Stink

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from silsbyj wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

I have had a lot of luck with live bluegill and something stinky with lines on the Neosho. Alternate hooks with the two baits and you should catch something.

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from jay wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

I like using live shad or skipjack the best. Its typically easy to get with a cast net on the river. Cut bait is fine too.

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from jamesti wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

get your wife's old panty hose, cut a piece about 6inches squared or just the toe out. put chicken or turkey liver in the middle, wrap it at the top and tie it off. this let's the smell and blood out into the water and it will last for a couple days. just run the hook right through the middle. make sure they are the throw away panty hose! i made that mistake once.

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from catfishclark10 wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

I usually use live bait. Baby carp or crawdads work good. Caught sum big channel and flathead.

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from ETangler wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

Roadkill!!

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from ETangler wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

Roadkill!!

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from codymeyer11 wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

stinky stuff

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from codymeyer11 wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

buy chicken livers and put minnow in them and use them

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from fisherman1016 wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

live bait

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from FloridaHunter1226 wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

I would say to use either chicken or turkey livers... either that or gut some chad and hold on because if you put either one of those three on, they will be biting.

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from flathead catfish wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

i use cut up suckers and it works well for channels , flatheads and, blue cats.

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from rudyglove27 wrote 4 years 2 weeks ago

Agreed with Beekeeper answer above and A + 1 for you sir!!!

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from bryce wood wrote 2 years 18 weeks ago

Bluegill. Hook it through the mouth and out the gill then go through the back. hooks em every time.

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