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Old 04-08-2014, 04:02 PM
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Default Re: Live bait vs. chunk bait

only thing i ever caught on chunk were cats. live for me.
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Old 04-11-2014, 08:52 PM
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Default Re: Live bait vs. chunk bait

In my experience you catch more on chunk but usually big ones on live. Think of it. A herring is about 9 inches long. Takes a big fish to swallow it whole. But any size fish can eat a chunk. Fish one of each.
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Old 04-15-2014, 01:05 PM
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I have no confidence with chunk not sure hoe to hook it and weather to fish it on the bottom? I do great with live but would love to learn chunk! I appreciate any advice!
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Old 04-15-2014, 02:00 PM
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Hey Brook Trout,
When fishing the head section, run your 8/0 circle hook through the roof of the mouth just like fishing a livey. Also through the eyes works good--the idea is that you can't throw it off the hook because the skull is holding it all together.

On midsections I run the hook through the bony section along the stomach edge of the fish. Same thinking, the structure of the fish will keep it all together. The dorsal doesn't hold up well and rips out when casting--at least with my casting technique (such as it is).

I try to leave the guts in.

Use 2-3 oz of weight on a fish finder rig, so the fish will be able to run with the bait. I use 2-3 feet of 50 lb. fluorocarbon for a leader: 8/0 circle hook on one end, swivel on the other; with a sinker slide on the main line.

That's about it. Some will put a float on the hook or leader to get the bait up a little bit. Fishing chunk is pretty straight forward.

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Old 04-15-2014, 10:54 PM
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live bait here. Chunks just bring in the cats in my experience, which is very limited.
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Old 04-17-2014, 01:43 PM
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x3 to what those guys have to say ...





Some guys will swear by fresh chunk, some prefer only live (like me) ... but i'll cut them up if need be. If anchored up and have mult poles , just mix it up and see what the Stripers want.


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Old 04-17-2014, 04:53 PM
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Regarless of whatever you fish its important to have confidance in it. Lots of guys have trouble puttin faith in chunk which is understandable. Its more of a pain with cats and eels but early run I get WAY less cats messin with chunk. If your gonna do chunk the single most important thing I can tell ya is fresh as possible and nice and bloody. In 12 years or so I've got 5 fish over 40". 1 on chunk and the rest on whole dead but I'm also confident with chunk/ dead bait and personally I like BIG baits wether live or dead
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Old 04-18-2014, 03:40 PM
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Yup Big Baits Big Fish.....
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Old 04-21-2014, 02:39 AM
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I fish both but have caught most of my bigger fish on chunk. When I use chunk I cut right at the gill plate and again a inch or two before the tail and throw the whole thing out. I run three rods, 1 live, 1 large chunk and 1 small chunk. Changing that bait often is key
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Old 04-21-2014, 02:35 PM
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Do you guys find that cats don't mess with big chunk, as described by Schroon, and whole dead? Or is it all up for cats/eels if it ain't movin'? True, last year I did catch a cat on a livey, and an eel on a herring that I think had died, but generally speaking...?
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Old 04-21-2014, 05:28 PM
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Do you guys find that cats don't mess with big chunk, as described by Schroon, and whole dead? Or is it all up for cats/eels if it ain't movin'? True, last year I did catch a cat on a livey, and an eel on a herring that I think had died, but generally speaking...?
They'll eat anything anything dead regardless of size. Live too on occasion.
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Old 04-21-2014, 07:51 PM
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They'll eat anything anything dead regardless of size. Live too on occasion.
Yup. it was worth askin'...
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Old 04-21-2014, 11:57 PM
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Do you guys fish the whole dead with the same methods as chunk bait? Where do you hook the whole dead herring?
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Old 04-22-2014, 12:01 AM
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Do you guys find that cats don't mess with big chunk, as described by Schroon, and whole dead? Or is it all up for cats/eels if it ain't movin'? True, last year I did catch a cat on a livey, and an eel on a herring that I think had died, but generally speaking...?
I fish whole dead quite a bit once waters over 50 deg and I have noticed for the first majority of the run it does really help with cats and eels like 80% of the time. If I need to fish chunk and cats are bitin it usually helps but once the waters in low - mid 60s it don't matter. Usually by the end of the run catfish are takin my live baits frequently. One thing I do is cut a few slices to get it to bleed but I avoid slicing the belly open or near the gills. Eels seem to target the belly when its open and often will chew the head off if you give em a head start... just about all my biggest fish have been on whole dead
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Do you guys fish the whole dead with the same methods as chunk bait? Where do you hook the whole dead herring?
Through the head and just behind the eyes is good,I also really like behind the eyes tward the top of the gill plates. Its problly the hardest part of there head and hold really well. Both do good holding the hook and preventing the hook turning back into the bait
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