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  1. Worms seem to be the best bait for suckers, and yes, many times they're hard to catch. Wait until a good rain and the water gets a little murky and you may have better luck. Usually if I could ever see a sucker in the water, they would not hit. I have a little creek in my backyard with suckers up to 17" and weigh about 2 pounds. A few miles downstream they will grow to at least 30" and weigh 8 or 9 pounds.

  2. My first fishing rod/reel wasn't a surfcaster, but a Zebco 606 spincast combo. This cost probably less than $10. Believe it or not, it still works, and for old times sake, I took it out one day and caught several white bass on it this past spring.


    The first surfcaster rod was a Silstar Rockfish Combo at a local gun/tackles shop that was $39.99. And I still use it occasionally. It's about 20 years old, built sturdy, and much better than those cheap combos you see at Walmart.

  3. They like creeks and rivers, but I've caught them out of lakes a time or two. The biggest I ever caught was when I was a teenager, it was 9" or 10" long. They seem to like crayfish better than anything else. My favorite lure is the Rebel Crawfish crankbait in the 1/10 oz. (1-1/2" length) and the 1/5 oz. (2" length) sizes. As a couple of folks mentioned earlier, they seem to hang out around smallmouths.

  4. Well folks, looks like Tennessee isn't the only place where anglers fish with live trout. Of course, whenever I try this I'm going to buy them at the bait shop and not fool around catching them by hook and line. And it will be when the water and outside air temperatures go down considerably. I have two places in mind, one is below a dam with plenty of current, another a steam plant with plenty of current. I see nothing wrong with this, since it's legal.

  5. I have a friend in upper East Tennessee who uses live rainbow trout for striper bait. It is legal here. He buys his trout at a fish hatchery for about $9.00/dozen, and has caught stripers up to 40+ pounds. If you use trout you have caught yourself, you can use up to 7 baits, as long as they were caught on hook and line. If you buy the rainbows at a fish hatchery and a game warden checks you, you must show your receipt.


    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!tongue.gif

  6. Did you buy it at Walmart, pierfisherman? Usually I have to return anything a time or two there to get a good one. confused.gif I gave up a long time ago on trying to buy anything mechanical there, even a simple thing as a minnow trap is bogus over there. kooky.gif


    View PostBad stick, I got a uglystick recently and at the end of the first outing I was rapping the weight around the rod to beep them from getting tangled in the car and it broke, I got a new one no charge, but a lot of backtalk.



  7. Let's see, if I want to go freshwater bass fishing, I use my Plano Over and Under, one of the best for bass, has racks for spinnerbaits, extra reels, spools, etc. For striper fishing only , I have a Plano Magnum, one of the bigger ones.


    For general fishing for all species, I have a Gander Mountain shoulder strap zip up type with about 4 fairly large plastic boxes inside. One of these 4 plastic boxes is for striper jigs, swimbaits, twister tails and striper live bait rigs, another plastic box is for striper plugs. Another plastic box for this shoulder strap outfit is for freshwater bass plugs and crankbaits. Another plastic box is for freshwater bass jigs, plastic baits, sinkers, beads, worm hooks, and swivels. I also added another smaller box for live bait fishing, hooks, assorted swivels, beads, spinner blades, etc. for about any species that swims, large or small. On the sides, I have first aid kits, bandages, sunglasses, eyeglasses, alcohol for drinking and antiseptic (airplane bottles of tequila, hic) and wetnaps, bug towels, and knives, line cutters, pliers, etc. On the opposite side, I put spinnerbaits and crappie rigs. I keep an assortment of crappie jigs, trout and panfish flies, dry and wet scattered in the front. If I get up and go fishing by myself or with friends at the spur of the moment, I use this shoulder strap box/bag, or whatchacallit.


    For storing old lures, I have an old Rebel Box with like 3 fold out compartments. I don't use this because it's an antique, so are its contents.


    I have a Flambeau three tray outfit for panfish or small-medium trout only, small inline spinners, jigs, twister tails, tubes, small Rapalas and Rebels, of course these lures will also work for smallmouth.


    One of the most sturdy tackle boxes I own was my dad's old 6 tray box he bought in the 1960's. I use it for storing antique stuff I never use.


    One more, I have an old toolbox my dad had I use for a "junk" box, fishing line, old sinkers, old fishing lures I plan on restoring someday.


    Well, I still don't have all my tackle boxes listed yet because I haven't looked at them in several years. As you can tell, I am a fishing tackle junkie. shaky.gif

  8. Yes, pierfisherman, I use a 6-1/2' Ugly Stick for my Ambassadeur 5000 and a 7' Ugly Stick for my Ambassadeur 6500. I've never had a problem with Ugly Stick, but was told by a striper fishermen he had he had a big striper (he thinks) break one right above the handle. He was fishing a big bucktail jig tipped with a big grub, and the fish broke his rod. That must have been a huge striper or catfish, or he just bought a bad Ugly Stick.cwm31.gif

  9. Does anyone remember the old "Fish Popper?" It was a rod holder specifically designed for shore fishermen. I never saw one, but it was heavily advertised on TV, I always thought it was a rip off gimmick and never pursued buying one. If it detects a strike, apparently it has a spring that pops the holder up and automatically sets the hook. This could be good or bad, if it even works. Sometimes you want the fish to run with the bait, so it would probably pull your bait out of the fish's mouth at times.


    I seldom go above 25 or 30 lb. test line, myself, braid is better, but I usually use monofilament on an 8' surfcaster rod with a big spinning reel. It casts very well. I just use something similar to a Carolina rig, a bead, swivel, egg sinker, about a 2' leader and a Kahle hook. I also have an Ambassadeur 5000 and a 6500 casting reel loaded with 25 or 30 lb. test. With catfish, I guess you can't get too heavy, since there are quite a few 100-200 pounders out there, according to scuba scuba.gif divers in some of my local reservoirs.


    Sometimes night fishing in very still water, I won't even use a sinker. A big chunk of bluegill fillet on a Kahle hook works well. I believe the weightless rig is superior to sinkers in motionless water.

  10. The Great Blue Herons love yellow bass and white bass, too. During the annual spawning run this spring, hundreds of anglers lined the Clinch River, and dozens of these birds would get within a few feet of us. I fed them several undersized yellow bass, because there's too many of them anyway. These aren't the best smelling birds, if you know what I mean

  11. ...I have both the black meshed traps and the silver meshed traps, and I can't tell you why, but the shiny silver dude does much better. I catch my shiners in a small creek about 20-25 feet wide and anywhere from 2-5 feet deep. I use Cheetos, crackers, or bread. Minnows can nibble your trap clean of bait if you don't wrap your crackers or bread inside some type of tiny meshed nylon bag or panty hose. Set your trap right before dark and check it in the morning. It won't matter in a pond, but in moving water, it's best to set your trap parallel to the current. I mean the little cone holes facing upstream and downstream. Don't be surprised to find a snake in there once in a blue moon. I also get a few crawfish every now and then, along with bluegills, chubs, and suckers.


    Somewhere on the Internet there is a good diagram about making a minnow trap out of a 2 liter soft drink bottle. We used to do the same with Tropicana half gallon glass orange juice bottles with screen wire when I was growing. up.

  12. Later I'll try to post a photo if I can find it, but I think it was the Arbogast lure co. that made a weedless plastic imitation rat topwater plug. It had either a bucktail, maribou, or hula skirt tail. Anyone remember these? Some other company made a hard bodied rat plug for muskies, good sized, and it even had fur on the exterior. Don't know if you still can get these.

  13. My favorite bait for cats is simply a piece of bluegill fillet. White bass or yellow bass fillets are good too. Another great one is shad guts, and I have even caught stripers on this Uncooked shrimp is also a fine bait, big enough to completely cover your hook. Someone mentioned earlier that commercial stink baits usually won't get you a big catfish, they're right. When I was a teenager we used the Uncle Josh Blood and Cheese bait that came in the little yellow tub. The only thing I caught with them were bullheads and turtles. It could be because they were the only cats in the pond we were fishing. I can't say why, but using chicken livers never appealed to me, but I imagine they're as good as any of the other mentioned baits. Two or three big nightcrawlers on a Kahle hook are probably as effective as any of these others, also. I catch my nightcrawlers in the spring after a rain on top of sidewalks, back roads, etc, get them by the hundreds I mix good black forest dirt with Buss Worm Bedding in styrofoam coolers and this makes them grow and thrive. Three nightcrawlers from Walmart would cost you at least 50 cents, that's why I catch my own. They're more effective, anyhow. Shad minnows 3" to 5" are great. Creek chubs and shiners 4" to 6" afe effective, you can also cut those in half and get two baits, letting the guts hang out. Catfish baits are endless, but something I never caught a fish on were those old Bill Dance nightcrawler links. They're pretty much hot dogs made out of nightcrawlers. Old Bill knew how to catch them, but they didn't help me.

  14. I've hung on to a Thin Fin I bought many years ago, I thought they had quit making them. Today I learned you can buy them from Cabela's, so I ordered a half dozen. They seemed to be one of the most effective crankbaits I ever owned, maybe I had a soft spot in my heart for them because the first crankbaits I ever owned were Thin Fins and Rapalas.


    I have caught stripers, largemouths, smallmouths, walleye, white bass, yellow bass, and a little of everything with them. They were the first shad imitating baits I ever seen, they were particulary good if you could find a school of shad minnows in the 2" to 5" size range around current and rip rap.


    Just wondering, has anyone had any experiences with them or still using them? They're only about $4.50, I may order more later.

  15. Yes, carp love Jello, particularly strawberry. We used to make doughballs from cornmeal, flour, water and strawberry Jello when we were teenagers. Believe me, it works. We wouldn't use a sinker or float, we'd use about a size #6 or #4 treble hook, cast let it sink to the bottom, and wait. Back then we couldn't afford the best rod and reels, but I caught them up to 15 or 16 pounds, had my line snapped several times. Good luck!