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.june02bug said:The last one I caught was on a piece of tortilla shell - believe it or not. :haha:
june02bug said:I know you can practically use anything to catch catfish, but what works best for you?
My brothers and I grew up fishing in ponds and creeks, looking for bullhead catfish, channel cat.. and getting the occasional carp along the way... but the best things we found were the livers so many others are recommending.. they can be chicken or pork or about any animal actually.. chicken hearts are also good.. if you really want to get some good hits, don't use fresh livers.. take them fresh or out of the freezer and let them go bad.. (a day or two in the sun works well).. the stench is ungodly so you have to keep them sealed in a plastic container far from your fishing spot.. but that rancid smell drives the catfish crazy and they will hit it fast and hard. The fullness of your stringer will make up for having to deal with the smell.. oh, and hose off good before you go inside!
Oh... if you arent that brave with putrid liver, you can used rolled oats or crushed corn flakes and sugar, mix with a bit of water, form a tight ball over your treble hook (carefully, of course). The sugar supposedly helps but it may already draw some carp.
My Dad used soft Limburger cheese mixed with raw ground beef and some cotton batting to give it strength to hold together for the cast and for sitting in the water... He used to pull in a lot of good sized fish all summer.
If you are fishing for channel cat, stake your pole because they will hit without warning and hit hard.. I have seen way too many people sit and swear as their rods disappeared with a quick splash. Bullheads are more cautious usually but both are a lot of fun to haul in, they put up a great fight all the way in.
Get your line wet and happy fishing!