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what is good bait to use to catch catfish?

Question by bigbassfisher. Uploaded on April 03, 2009

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from rabbitpolice88 wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

night crawlers, chicken liver, cut up bait fish, even live bait fish for big cats.

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from Fisher Boy wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

we use worms, and we get an armful of catfish at a local spot

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from wallofsam wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

everything that rabbit said! For the cutbait use little bluegills

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from CPT BRAD wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

actually anything that stinks or bleeds. Stink bait or chicken hearts work good. The heart is tougher than livers and stay on better. Use a treble hook fished close to the bottom.

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from notquite wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

Use really smelly cheese!

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from mlutz95 wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

anything that smells or bleeds. store bought catfish bait would be fine

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from rocky d bashaw wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

liver and limbuger cheese

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from huskerguy wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

They'll eat bout anything. Nightcrawlers always work good for me though.

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from evspence wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

Bring worms. Catch small fish, use chunks to get big fish. it feels good catching the bait that caught the bait that caught the fish. A lot more rewarding

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from deadeyedave08 wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

buy some medium gold fish and but a hole in them so they swim and bleed at the same time it really works

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from dustin tillery wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

My grandfather used hot dogs cut into chunks and marinated them in stinkbait for a few days, we always caught fish.

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from dwaynez wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

Shad, Shrimp, Chicken Liver, Beef Liver, Beef Heart, Beef Kidney, Perch, Tilapia, Stink Bait,

Tons of baits can be used for catfish, I live to go with live bait that is found in the area, shad are my go to catfish bait.

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from DrMike wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

KFC anybody??? We have a large stock pond and have tried all of the above and nothing worked. So somebody suggested we try Kentucky Fried Chicken. Guess what? The Cornel must know what he is doing. We slay the channels every time we go fishing now. All we have to do is stop and pick up a bucket of fried chicken...

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from Jim in Mo wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

DrMike, sounds cheaper to buy catfish fillets at a market. But, you do make a point. The more smell you can put out the better.
What is that secret recipe from the colonel?

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from CPT BRAD wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

Jim maybe he gets a bucket for him and a bucket for them??

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from yd281 wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

The cats around me love canned ham, hot dogs, and that leftover venison you find in the back of the freezer from 2 years ago. We also have a local who sells a "secret recipe" cat bait that works great, and its mostly made of corn meal, peanut butter, pureed chicken liver, and bacon grease. Its not fun trying to make, but it works.

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from 870 wingmaster 101 wrote 5 years 1 week ago

I have used a big ball of night crawlers and a jig and caught lots of cats in a short period.

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from DakotaMan wrote 5 years 1 week ago

If you fish in a river, I will tell you a very old secret now that I am getting up there with no grandchildren dependent on their catfish catch. I used to fish catfish commercially in the Missouri river and this was my secret that I held dearly. You may not be able to apply it due to lack of access to the bait but here goes: You get blood from a slaughter house (pigs or cattle). Let it congeal in a bucket and put the 1" square chunks (of a liver like consisency)in a little cheesecloth bag. You will find it takes about 8 hours for it to completely dissolve in the water and it leaves a blood trail in the current they will follow for miles. Unlike liver, it keeps disolving until it is all gone. It is advantageous to fish in the same spot rather than to move around because you are creating a blood slick that will lead them to you regardless of where you are fishing. I like to put it in a hole or indentation in the structure about 8 feet deep if you can but I have put it on a bobber for channel cats in current. It seems to be exactly the right consistency to bleed away slowley and they just keep coming. I used to use it in my catfish traps and would catch hundreds on this while my competitors were catching dozens on their cheese and stink baits. Good luck and let us know if you get a chance to try it.

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from notquite wrote 5 years 1 week ago

nice tip! finally some good advice from a person who knows what he's doin.

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from Beekeeper wrote 5 years 1 week ago

Worms, cut shad, cut shiners, cut bream, crawfish. Shrimp are also good. There are tons of "stink" baits out there some good some not so good. Experiment and have fun.

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from texastriedandtrue wrote 5 years 1 week ago

well it all depends on what your going after channels blues or flats for the channels use your stinkbaits and worms and blood baits for blues use similir baits but you cant go wrong with fresh cut shad or herring with them and then for the flatheads anything that they can fit in their mouth mostly live bait however and some of the best live bait to use is bluegill tilapia bass crappie and other catfish however you need to check your local regulations and see whats legal and what isnt here in texas i'm stuck to using live bluegill i cant complain though caught my pb of 50lbs this year on him good luck out there and let us know how it goes

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from jbird wrote 5 years 4 days ago

Thanks Dakotaman, I just dropped my bucket off @ a processor yesterday. I can pick it up full of cattle blood next Monday. I'm wondering how long it takes to congeal, and if i have to leave the bucket uncovered to do so? I'll figure it out.

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from NATEDOG wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

WE WENT ON A TRIP OUT TO CYPRESS LAKE BLAK BAYOU WE WENT TO WALMART AND GOT SOME CATFISH BAIT LIVER AND CHEESE AND SOME NIGHT CRAWLERS AND THEN WE GOT THERE AND I WENT OFF AND CAUGHT A 5 POUND CATFISH AND A STRIPED BASS. SO USE MINOS, BLUE GILL, CATFISH BAIT , NIGHT CRAWLERS, AND SHINERS THOSE ARE ALL GOOD BAITS TO USE FOR CAT FISHING. FOR THE BASS USE JIG HEADS , BUZZ BAITS , NIGHT CRAWLERS , AND SPINNING BAITS

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from rudyglove27 wrote 3 years 49 weeks ago

Agreed with Beekeeper answer above and A + 1 for you sir!!!

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from peldons wrote 3 years 46 weeks ago

We catch them on livers, nightcrawlers and minnows fished off the bottom. Shad and cutbait are pretty good too. Caught a 30 lb. channel green glowing nightcrawler. Something in the dirt turned them a bright chartreuse color, but i cant find those anymore. Anything would hit those.

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from notquite wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

Use really smelly cheese!

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from DrMike wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

KFC anybody??? We have a large stock pond and have tried all of the above and nothing worked. So somebody suggested we try Kentucky Fried Chicken. Guess what? The Cornel must know what he is doing. We slay the channels every time we go fishing now. All we have to do is stop and pick up a bucket of fried chicken...

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from DakotaMan wrote 5 years 1 week ago

If you fish in a river, I will tell you a very old secret now that I am getting up there with no grandchildren dependent on their catfish catch. I used to fish catfish commercially in the Missouri river and this was my secret that I held dearly. You may not be able to apply it due to lack of access to the bait but here goes: You get blood from a slaughter house (pigs or cattle). Let it congeal in a bucket and put the 1" square chunks (of a liver like consisency)in a little cheesecloth bag. You will find it takes about 8 hours for it to completely dissolve in the water and it leaves a blood trail in the current they will follow for miles. Unlike liver, it keeps disolving until it is all gone. It is advantageous to fish in the same spot rather than to move around because you are creating a blood slick that will lead them to you regardless of where you are fishing. I like to put it in a hole or indentation in the structure about 8 feet deep if you can but I have put it on a bobber for channel cats in current. It seems to be exactly the right consistency to bleed away slowley and they just keep coming. I used to use it in my catfish traps and would catch hundreds on this while my competitors were catching dozens on their cheese and stink baits. Good luck and let us know if you get a chance to try it.

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from rabbitpolice88 wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

night crawlers, chicken liver, cut up bait fish, even live bait fish for big cats.

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from Fisher Boy wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

we use worms, and we get an armful of catfish at a local spot

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from wallofsam wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

everything that rabbit said! For the cutbait use little bluegills

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from CPT BRAD wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

actually anything that stinks or bleeds. Stink bait or chicken hearts work good. The heart is tougher than livers and stay on better. Use a treble hook fished close to the bottom.

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from NATEDOG wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

WE WENT ON A TRIP OUT TO CYPRESS LAKE BLAK BAYOU WE WENT TO WALMART AND GOT SOME CATFISH BAIT LIVER AND CHEESE AND SOME NIGHT CRAWLERS AND THEN WE GOT THERE AND I WENT OFF AND CAUGHT A 5 POUND CATFISH AND A STRIPED BASS. SO USE MINOS, BLUE GILL, CATFISH BAIT , NIGHT CRAWLERS, AND SHINERS THOSE ARE ALL GOOD BAITS TO USE FOR CAT FISHING. FOR THE BASS USE JIG HEADS , BUZZ BAITS , NIGHT CRAWLERS , AND SPINNING BAITS

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from mlutz95 wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

anything that smells or bleeds. store bought catfish bait would be fine

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from rocky d bashaw wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

liver and limbuger cheese

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from huskerguy wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

They'll eat bout anything. Nightcrawlers always work good for me though.

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from evspence wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

Bring worms. Catch small fish, use chunks to get big fish. it feels good catching the bait that caught the bait that caught the fish. A lot more rewarding

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from deadeyedave08 wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

buy some medium gold fish and but a hole in them so they swim and bleed at the same time it really works

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from dustin tillery wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

My grandfather used hot dogs cut into chunks and marinated them in stinkbait for a few days, we always caught fish.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from dwaynez wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

Shad, Shrimp, Chicken Liver, Beef Liver, Beef Heart, Beef Kidney, Perch, Tilapia, Stink Bait,

Tons of baits can be used for catfish, I live to go with live bait that is found in the area, shad are my go to catfish bait.

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from Jim in Mo wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

DrMike, sounds cheaper to buy catfish fillets at a market. But, you do make a point. The more smell you can put out the better.
What is that secret recipe from the colonel?

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from CPT BRAD wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

Jim maybe he gets a bucket for him and a bucket for them??

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from yd281 wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

The cats around me love canned ham, hot dogs, and that leftover venison you find in the back of the freezer from 2 years ago. We also have a local who sells a "secret recipe" cat bait that works great, and its mostly made of corn meal, peanut butter, pureed chicken liver, and bacon grease. Its not fun trying to make, but it works.

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from 870 wingmaster 101 wrote 5 years 1 week ago

I have used a big ball of night crawlers and a jig and caught lots of cats in a short period.

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from notquite wrote 5 years 1 week ago

nice tip! finally some good advice from a person who knows what he's doin.

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from Beekeeper wrote 5 years 1 week ago

Worms, cut shad, cut shiners, cut bream, crawfish. Shrimp are also good. There are tons of "stink" baits out there some good some not so good. Experiment and have fun.

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from texastriedandtrue wrote 5 years 1 week ago

well it all depends on what your going after channels blues or flats for the channels use your stinkbaits and worms and blood baits for blues use similir baits but you cant go wrong with fresh cut shad or herring with them and then for the flatheads anything that they can fit in their mouth mostly live bait however and some of the best live bait to use is bluegill tilapia bass crappie and other catfish however you need to check your local regulations and see whats legal and what isnt here in texas i'm stuck to using live bluegill i cant complain though caught my pb of 50lbs this year on him good luck out there and let us know how it goes

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from jbird wrote 5 years 4 days ago

Thanks Dakotaman, I just dropped my bucket off @ a processor yesterday. I can pick it up full of cattle blood next Monday. I'm wondering how long it takes to congeal, and if i have to leave the bucket uncovered to do so? I'll figure it out.

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from rudyglove27 wrote 3 years 49 weeks ago

Agreed with Beekeeper answer above and A + 1 for you sir!!!

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from peldons wrote 3 years 46 weeks ago

We catch them on livers, nightcrawlers and minnows fished off the bottom. Shad and cutbait are pretty good too. Caught a 30 lb. channel green glowing nightcrawler. Something in the dirt turned them a bright chartreuse color, but i cant find those anymore. Anything would hit those.

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from peldons wrote 3 years 46 weeks ago

We catch them on livers, nightcrawlers and minnows fished off the bottom. Shad and cutbait are pretty good too. Caught a 30 lb. channel green glowing nightcrawler. Something in the dirt turned them a bright chartreuse color, but i cant find those anymore. Anything would hit those.

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