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Old 02-13-2011, 10:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I usually just go down to my neighbors pond, catch a ton of bluegill, make cut bait, and then take the cut bait to a local lake to fish. I have also used chicken livers with some success before. what do you guys use?
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If I'm going to go after catfish I use only 1 thing. Chicken liver covered in Garlic Salt over night. this does 2 things. it toughens up the liver and adds a lot of to the liver. Ya know how much those cats love there
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lmao yea true. Ill have to try it one time. I know ive caught a few 5lb channels on chicken liver. it usually falls off the hook to easy though. That garlic probably makes all the difference eh?
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I usually just go down to my neighbors pond, catch a ton of bluegill, make cut bait, and then take the cut bait to a local lake to fish. I have also used chicken livers with some success before. what do you guys use?
When you say large cats, I generally think of two species, the blue cat, and the flathead. Both can grow to enormous sizes.
I like to throw a cast net for shad, and do a little perch jerking from the local water, for some reason I think they prefer fish from their own environment. I try to keep the shad and the perch alive and as fresh as possible, shad can be a real challenge. I use large spinning equipment with heavy weights, 2-3 oz and large octopus style hooks. I hook a live bluegill just below the dorsal fin and scale him about half way, this allows him to give off more scent, I then take and cut 1-2 shad depending on size into several pieces and place it on the hook as well.
My thought is that this gives the fish the best of both worlds, a strong scent in the water and the vibration of the struggling bluegill.
I have had good results using this method, and have caught several fish in the 40-50 lb range over the years.

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lmao yea true. Ill have to try it one time. I know ive caught a few 5lb channels on chicken liver. it usually falls off the hook to easy though. That garlic probably makes all the difference eh?
You could also use a piece of nylon stocking to tie up the liver to hold it on the hook.
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some1 else sugested doing that fletch, im gonna have to go get my mom to pick up a few cheap nylons since it would look strange if i did it.
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Since we do most of our catfishing below the dam, we just use fresh cut shad, it has always worked really well for us. We take a cast net and catch shad up by the wing wall, cut it and use it for bait, the catfish really seem to be fond of it down there. We have caught a lot of really big cats using this bait.
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