Using Live Trout for Striper Bait
Posted July 28 2009 - 8:12 PM
After asking around, some anglers are convinced that live trout are more effective than shad, skipjack herring, chubs, bluegill, or shiners. Has anyone on this forum used trout for bait? Maybe because they are such an oily fish is why they're effective. I can get eating sized rainbows at a bait shop for about 2 bucks apiece. That's not bad, if the stripers don't hit, I can eat my bait!
Posted July 28 2009 - 9:26 PM
The stripers may like the trout a more though because they are a softer fish than the others, lol and they sure do taste good to
Posted July 28 2009 - 10:13 PM
How do you think those stripers get so big in Tennessee? Not by eating small prey!
Posted July 29 2009 - 10:12 AM
Daignault tells a story of catching trout in fresh water and transporting them to the ocean for bait in his book Striper Surf.
Posted July 29 2009 - 10:21 AM
i believe the lower saluda stripers feast on the stocked rainbows if im not mistaken
Posted July 29 2009 - 11:12 AM
One of the bigger ones I caught behind my house this year on live trout. Caught in December
one more lol
And one I caught off the dock while fishing for catfish with some leftover dead trout
And the little buggers that make it all possible. Its nice that they keep so well in the cold water its nice to come home and have some live bait to pull around and usually when a rod takes off its a decent fish.
Posted July 29 2009 - 11:17 AM
Posted July 29 2009 - 11:27 AM
Originally Posted by fishingnuke
When you live line a trout does the trout just go to the bottom and sit there or does it dart and swim around like a herring?
Usually pull them freelined on a planer boards with about 30ft of freeline trailing behind the planer board. Or on a "downline" which is a carolina rig consisting of a 2 or 3 ounce egg sinker swivel and a 6ft flouro leader and a circle hook and sometimes a stinger treble if the bait is huge dropped down to around 15 to 35ft over a 40+ft bottom depending on where the fish are holding and then just slow troll them with the T-motor.
Posted July 29 2009 - 11:34 AM
They had a problem when the fisheries stocked the trout there as the big fish would have a field day at the trout buffet when the tank was dumping them in.
Posted July 31 2009 - 3:52 PM
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Posted July 31 2009 - 8:20 PM
In local rivers, we use three techniques with trout: live trout under a slip float, live or dead trout on a carolina rig off the bottom, and bellies as jig trailers.
Posted August 01 2009 - 2:56 AM
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Posted August 07 2009 - 7:01 AM