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Old 01-30-2009, 10:10 AM   #11 (permalink)
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How would you guys recommend fishing a live gill in the summer? At the bottom, under a bobber? Slip bobber?
slip bobber is best way


cut bait is best for big cats in spring at the inlets
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Old 01-30-2009, 10:14 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Raw shrimp the big one's an the gill's do a small cut on the sides to get some blood going in the water.
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Old 01-30-2009, 10:15 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I would put a good sized weight on, rig it like a 3-way or a drop shot setup. Hook the gill just like a minnow, just behind the fin and through the back (but not through the backbone). Toss it out and wait

Or like p-lo fisherman said, do a slip bobber.
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How would you guys recommend fishing a live gill in the summer? At the bottom, under a bobber? Slip bobber?
There is alot of variable that would determine that choice. Size of water, current, cover, etc. I think I would have to go with big slip float most often but there are times when a sliding sinker rig come into play.(like if you need to hold a bait in current while waiting for fish moving through current area feeding) Each one has it's time and place. There are times where I will simply "flyline" the 'gill with nothing but a big circle hook too.
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Old 01-30-2009, 10:24 AM   #15 (permalink)
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How would you guys recommend fishing a live gill in the summer? At the bottom, under a bobber? Slip bobber?
There is alot of variable that would determine that choice. Size of water, current, cover, etc. I think I would have to go with big slip float most often but there are times when a sliding sinker rig come into play.(like if you need to hold a bait in current while waiting for fish moving through current area feeding) Each one has it's time and place. There are times where I will simply "flyline" the 'gill with nothing but a big circle hook too.

i agree , well put
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Old 01-30-2009, 11:10 AM   #16 (permalink)
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The best cold water channel cat bait ever is homemade stink bait. You take gizzard shad and filet them. Place the filets in a pint mason jar,. Then take fresh chicken entralls and using your fingers squeeze all the juice from them into the jar. Seal the jars back up and let them ripen for a few weeks. Nasty smelling stuff, but can't be beat in cold or cool water!



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Old 01-30-2009, 11:41 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Hot dogs!! LOL I have actually caught some nice ones on hotdogs... I think live gills would work better though..

There was a thread about using live gills and I believe the consensus was that you have to use them at the same water that you caught them from. I'll try and dig up the post.
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Old 01-30-2009, 11:43 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Here is that thread on using Gills LIVE.

https://www.coloradofisherman.com/for...?topic=27277.0
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Old 01-30-2009, 12:36 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Bait has to be alive, or you have to be able to see the fish and put the bait right in front of his mouth. I've had really good luck in blind spring with big tigerpattern leeches on a slipper. Oh yeah and dont forget to bring your lucky hat, shirt, pants, pole, reel, etc.... cause you're going to need it.
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Old 01-30-2009, 08:39 PM   #20 (permalink)
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I like fresh Cut shad. live gills, or good 'ol hot dogs.. My biggest cat came in early May on a night that dipped close to freezing
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