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Creek Chubs and Bullies

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Anyone in the Jordan area have a seine they would like to borrow or use with me? Went out for some bullies tonight and found a nice little school of 4-5 inch creek chubs. I would like to get them all and give them a try on the river. Only caught a couple with my hooks though frown

Also was wondering what the best bait works for bullies?

Ive tried worms, leeches, minnows, gulp, and corn. They all work but it seems every day is different. Anything will help.

Caught a couple bullies on corn, than switched to some gulp and caught some more. only one was keeper size, others were too big frown

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Your using the right baits...try crushing your fatheads so they scent out on the hook.

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What I use is a colored jig with a chunk of crawler on it. The jig acts as a sinker instead of having a separate sinker and then a hook.

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What I use is a colored jig with a chunk of crawler on it. The jig acts as a sinker instead of having a separate sinker and then a hook.

My main spot is by a water fall so I end up just letting it sit on the bottom and let the current take my bait and do whatever it likes. works well! I just went with a plain hook and bent the tip in as a make shift circle hook. lipped the bullies every time!

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The creeks are so low on oxygen right now that the chubs are lethargic and in some places you can see them struggling to survive. It's not the bait you are using, it's the condition of the chubs. That's the reason a lot of fish inhabit that spot in town, there is a lot of oxygen in that pool. I used to catch some bait there, but anytime I peek down there I see a large group of people surrounding the small pool and putting everything they catch into a plastic walmart bag. smirk

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That's cool man...I wished they made jigs with circle hooks. I would use them for Bullies for sure.

I have about 8 of them. They make them, just have to look harder.

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hey Nick Try using an ice jig and waxies for the chubs that is what works best for me and for the bullies in the falls I fish it with a piece crawler on the bottom and that has worked very well for yrs

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I have used smaller hair jigs and also some smaller ice jigs with a piece of crawler. There are times when I can also catch them with a hair jig without meat. I caught 20 this am in less than an hour.

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Caught over 2 dozen last night in about ten minutes last night on a flu flu jig and small piece of nightcrawler. I didnt even need the piece of crawler, they would just bite the plain flu flu. Ratso's work really well too if you have no bait.

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hey Nick Try using an ice jig and waxies for the chubs that is what works best for me and for the bullies in the falls I fish it with a piece crawler on the bottom and that has worked very well for yrs

I bet you go fishing right form your buddies house in jordan. I am friends with his neighbor and have talked to him a couple times. the falls is a short walk from his place.

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Heres a question: Have any of you older catters noticed the size of creek chubs getting smaller in certain creeks because of the pressure they are gettn? I am doubting anyone you run into pounding creeks isnt about cpr; wonder what kind of long term toll this will have on certain creeks. Any of you other guys wonder on this? Be pre-emtive and put 'em on the endangered list wink.

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I agree, if more people recognized Chubs as the game fish they are and practiced selective harvest and C&R we could really see some trophy Chubs be produced in the coming years. grin Heck, if it wasn't for the catfisherman bucket brigade, we would have more people fishing chubs than walleyes!

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The place I catch them at they are pretty much screwed and stuck in shallow pools of water. If this dry summer keeps up they will probably be bird food in just a few weeks. Me catching them is actually saving their lives in a way...

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insanity, i do have a seine, if you wanted i could probably meet up with you after the weekend and catch em'.

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insanity, i do have a seine, if you wanted i could probably meet up with you after the weekend and catch em'.

there have been several people coming to this spot in the last few days stocking up on chubs for the BP contest. Ill check it out tomorrow and see if there are any big ones left and Ill let you know

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Pureinsanity...I just noticed you have an almost identical signature to me lol.

I like to go fishing whenever I get a chance! Great minds think alike?! the names nick by the way

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Easy now Jeff, dont cozy up to Pureinsanity too quick.....Nutter might get jealous wink.

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Originally Posted By: elwood
hey Nick Try using an ice jig and waxies for the chubs that is what works best for me and for the bullies in the falls I fish it with a piece crawler on the bottom and that has worked very well for yrs

I bet you go fishing right form your buddies house in jordan. I am friends with his neighbor and have talked to him a couple times. the falls is a short walk from his place.

acutally we head out of town for chubs and the bullies in the falss hasnt been the greatest this yr so I found another source for them

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