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Question by fisherman14. Uploaded on August 13, 2009
Yes, One of my favorite limb line and trotline baits is a live shiner. Work well as cut bait also. Live shiners can also be fish on rod and reel just as effectively.
Any thing that is dead and rotting is good for catfish I think.
They are good for catfish and bass.
Hook the Shiner through the lower lip and then bring the point of the hook through one of the air holes in the top of the head.
To hook the shiner under the dorsal fin run the hook through the meat in the back of shiner just below the dorsal fin.
The exact placement of the hook is only important in that the angler should be able to rip the hook through the shiner when he sets the hook.
A shiner will face away from the angler when hooked this way. The shiner will tend to swim more. When tension is placed on the line the shiner will come to the top and make splashes. Sometimes the splashing is enough to get a curious fish to strike. When splashing, the shiner looks like a bait trying to escape a bass/fish.
An angler can cause a shiner to swim under cover when hooked this way. Bass and catfish eat shiners head first. The shiner tends to come up to the surface when hooked this way.
Sometimes the difference in getting a bass or other fish to strike or not, is based on whether the shiner swims or not.
sure they work whole but they work better cut up
If you are fishing for flatheads, you must fish live bait. They much prefer live bait than dead. However, there are much cheaper options for catching other types of catfish, live stink bait or shad. Other catfish are more prone to eat something that is smelly and dead, so save some money on shiners unless fishing for flatheads.
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