What is your favorite catfish bait?

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  1. june02bug

    june02bug Well-Known Member

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    I know you can practically use anything to catch catfish, but what works best for you?

    The last one I caught was on a piece of tortilla shell - believe it or not. :haha:
     
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    Catfish are mouthy. From what I understand about them, they will take things into their mouths, that are small enough, to taste them because their eyesight ain't all that great. Then they will spit them out. That's why many folks use treble hooks. That said here's some things you can do IF you raise your own meat such as poultry or rabbits you can use the livers as bait. They need to be wrapped in a small peice of pantyhose to keep it on the hook.

    I have also found that canned whole corn works very well after it has been "cured" outside unsealed for a couple days :eek:

    We will be working on a good catfish recipe for bait this year. My freezer is full of livers from past processing!!
     

  3. moopups

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    Small cubes of salt pork works well around here, its cheap, can be frozen for many years, is tough to get off the hook; nothing strange for a piece to last for many fish.
     
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    Ok, if I want to get some everlasting salt pork... what do I look for? Is it called salt pork in the stores? Do you use a regular hook?
     
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    Try half thawed deer meat works great so does peanut buttermixed with flour to make little balls of bait.
     
  6. For some reason it depends on where I am fishing or what time of the year I'm fishing. In the spring time when the cats are starting to spawn I can go over to the grand river and seems the only bait they will bit on is cut shad. At the same time I can go over to the Illinoise river and you can't even get the crawdads to bit on the cut shad but the cats will be tearing up the nightcrawlers! These two rivers are only 30 miles apart and empty into the same big Arkansas river about 40 miles down stream. I guess they are kind of like people of different origin. Chinese people don't eat the same food as Mexicans.
     
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    Salt pork is found in your grocery store near the bacon in slabs a bit bigger than bar soap, is also a good seasoning agent for bean dishes, for humans! Gives new weight to the phrase; Baited breath.
     
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    Chicken gizzards!

    Once you put them on a hook, they aren't coming off!!! Once you get tired of using it, probably have to throw away the gizzard...hook and all.
     
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    That's what I use fishing and trot line. Works real well!
     
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    For the large catfish the favorite bait around here is Gizzard Shad
     
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    Grasshoppers during the spawn, any other time its chicken blood/parts.

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    Our family FIGHTS over the gizzard now--------------there's NO WAY we'd share it with a catfish!
     
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    Sometimes I like to use chicken liver on a treble hook, then wrap a small piece of string around it to keep it on.
    Sometimes I use water dogs.
    I like blood bait or stink bait.
    Man, I wish I could go fishing today!!
     
  15. june02bug

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    I love fried gizzard but I am the only on in the family who does so I could share a little. LOL

    I'll look for salt pork also. Thanks.

    I've also used bread and hot dog pieces before. LOL
     
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  17. big rockpile

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    Creek Chubs,Goldfish,and Shad.

    big rockpile
     
  18. MamaWolfInWV

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    Minnows, Creek Chubs (I know it sounds nasty but I did my best catfishing with a bucket of chubs that I had forgotten and left in the sun for two days), and beef liver. Beef works as well as chicken but you don't lose it or get robbed of it as easily. I have done some decent fishing with dough balls that had LOTS of garlic powder in them.
     
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    Rotten chicken liver - rotted until it's green!!!

    My dad caught a huge one with a cigarette butt!