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    Quote Originally Posted by nccatfisher View Post
    Catfish is primarily the fish I target year round. You can use all the stink and blood baits you want, but I have the best luck depending of species I am targeting on the best live or freshest cut bait I can use. And I think most of the guys that catch larger catfish will echo the same.

    Yep. Blind hog finds an acorn every now and then but day in and day out the baits they're used to eating daily will win out especially on quality fish.
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    Live bait is the best IMO with hornworms or tobacco worms one of the best baits I have ever used for Catfish but its hard to find them nowdays..I have used liver, shrimp, cut shad, cut mullet, cut panfish and cheap hot dogs out of the grocery story have all produced at one time or another for me..Crayfish are good also...
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    Deer liver works pretty good for channel cats, but nothing beats fresh cut bait, in my experience. We probably catch a couple thousand pounds of cats a year on fresh cut bait. We've tried everything over the years. Most things work, but cut bait works better.

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    I had a significant increase in size and quantity of fish caught once we started catching shad in cast nets and using them as bait. It was like night and day the difference between chicken livers, worms, etc. Match the hatch as they say.

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    Correct but i have not had the best of luck finding them to use a cast net on them.
    Dont know why bait stores are not selling them. I would buy when i cant find them.
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    Deer heart is too tasty to waste on fish bait.hard to beat fresh shad or bream

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    Quote Originally Posted by deerslayer60 View Post
    Deer heart is too tasty to waste on fish bait.hard to beat fresh shad or bream
    Yes very true.... but when it takes a hit and you have a bunch of blood, bone and bullet to pick out it is better used for bait.

    Due to the bone and parts of lead I do not want to feed to the dogs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Gadget View Post
    Correct but i have not had the best of luck finding them to use a cast net on them.
    Dont know why bait stores are not selling them. I would buy when i cant find them.
    When the water temps cool shad go deep, you have to find them on sonar, add extra line to your cast net and throw over the schools.

    Right now they are about 14-18' deep around here.

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    I was told 2 things
    creek mouths or bridge
    We have creeks but no bridges close in gaston for me.
    I find them time to time but not enough so I carry other bait.

    Just need to learn more about them.
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    In the fall winter they will be in the sheltered areas usually, creeks are a good place. And like I said they will be in large schools, easily seen on electronics. Yes, structure like bridges are excellent places. Again they will be deep as it gets colder.

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