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best bait for catfish?

Swan
Swan

Other,GB

Posted Sat Sep 8, 2007 12:55 pm
best bait for catfish?
Which worms are better? Is fake bait better or is live bait better?
buford
buford

Other,TC

Posted Sat Sep 8, 2007 1:29 pm
Re:best bait for catfish?
The best time to catch catfish is between 12 midnight and 6am in the morning, the best bait i have found for night fishing is shrimp. you could use chicken livers but they are messy and hard to stay on the hook.

Hope this helps!
Gerrard
Gerrard

Arkansas,US

Posted Thu Jul 2, 2009 8:28 am
Re: Re:best bait for catfish?
For those that like to use liver sprinkle a little garlic on it and let it stay out for a couple of days it will toughen up and stay on the hook better.

Hillbilly Fisherman

Haileypr
Haileypr

Missouri,US

Posted Sat Jul 2, 2011 5:37 pm
Re: Re:best bait for catfish?
on the chicken live leav it on the hook over night till it gets kinda hard it will stay on the hook and not slide off(:

FISHINMA
FISHINMA

Utah,US

Posted Sun Sep 9, 2007 11:43 am
Re:best bait for catfish?
Hey Swan! Live is better for kitty kats, they like the smell! I also dip my worm in garlic oil before casting. I have caught some of the biggest kittys in the middle of a spring time afternoon. I am starting to catch them around 7:00pm right now instead of midnight.
GL " MA "

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cats
cats

Other,TH

Posted Sat Sep 22, 2007 11:35 am
Re:best bait for catfish?
Catfish eat anything. That stinky 'cheese' bait works really well though.
badbrain
badbrain

Other,TW

Posted Sat Sep 22, 2007 11:57 am
Re:best bait for catfish?
soak chicken gizards in chiken liver overnight. this will allow the gizards to soak up the blood and the gizards stay on the hook forever.try chicken liver straight,big fat earthworms or whatever lives in your area,cheese,doughb alls soaked in blood,....the just of this is....cats eat anything.they are the scavengers of the fish world
baron
baron

Other,GB

Posted Tue Sep 25, 2007 2:31 am
Re:best bait for catfish?
get a womens nylon put chicken liver in it hook it through a numbe 3/0 or a medium treble hook the cats love the blood and it harder to lose the bait stink bait is okay but most of the cats ive caught were on liver they like smelly and bloody baits
SebSvendsen
SebSvendsen

Utah,US

Posted Sat Oct 29, 2011 8:41 pm
Re: Re:best bait for catfish?
Hay, that is a great idea about using women's nylon to put the catfish bait in. That gives me some new ideas on how I can put together some of the best bait for catfish. It's like you say, catfish love the blood and smell of their bait and using the nylons would all kinds of stinky bait to be used. Thanks for the idea.

http://bestbaitforcatfish.net

Hannibal
Hannibal

Other,TH

Posted Tue Sep 25, 2007 2:44 am
Re:best bait for catfish?
Mullet Gut! Guaranteed to strike everytime anytime anywhere.
You can buy it at your local seafood place. Just call them up and tell them to save the mullet gut for,you. Catfish go grazy for it.
gogeta
gogeta

Other,TO

Posted Tue Sep 25, 2007 4:07 am
Re:best bait for catfish?
I have two favorites. First and foremost, chicken liver or anything with a lot of chicken blood in it. Chicken liver can be difficult to keep on the hook, so I borrow a tip from my grandfather. If you know anybody that processes their own chickens, used the chicken entrails. Works great, almost as good as the livers. Number two, and a close second at that, is cutbait. Use about a 1 inch chunk of whatever little fish you catch (perch, bullhead, bluegill, etc.). If it has skin on it, it stays on hook forever, and catfish love it. You can use any fish for bait legally as long as it is a fish that is legal to keep
cats
cats

Other,TH

Posted Tue Sep 25, 2007 4:20 am
Re:best bait for catfish?
Cheese, shrimp anything that smells
MisterMystery
MisterMystery

Arizona,US

Posted Sun Sep 7, 2008 5:33 pm
Re: best bait for catfish?
If you're fishing for small channels, any bait with a strong odor will work well. Ripe shrimp is fine. But if you want to catch big channels or flatheads you need to use live baitfish. Bluegill work best . Large channels and flatties are strictly predators and won't eat garbage. Happy fishing.
~N.A.F.C.~B.A.S.S.~BoatU.S.~N.R.A.~A.M.A.~
FishManNewMexico
FishManNewMexico

New Mexico,US

Posted Mon Sep 8, 2008 7:46 pm
Re: best bait for catfish?
Eating sized channels-Stinkbait, liver
Trophy Channels- Cutbait, live baitfish
Blues- Live bait, cutbait
Flatheads- Sunfish

Fish New Mexico

FISHINMA
FISHINMA

Utah,US

Posted Mon Sep 8, 2008 9:09 pm
Re: Re: best bait for catfish?
Bare Hook! Kiddo!lol
Smiley!

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mmaGreg
mmaGreg

Pennsylvania,US

Posted Mon Mar 2, 2009 2:26 pm
Re: best bait for catfish?
My main catfish bait, since i was a child, has been hotdog. I use about a 1-2" piece. I never have a night without catching a few cats with dogs. You'll find it takes a certain grace in your cast to keep the dog from flying off the hook however. And cut bait is always an excellent choice!

To me fishing aint about the fish, it's about the fishing!

FISHINMA
FISHINMA

Utah,US

Posted Mon Mar 2, 2009 6:55 pm
Re: Re: best bait for catfish?
Hey mmaGreg! Welcome to Bounty!! WOW you hit an old thread! I think dogs would work for kitties!! Throw some Mcdonald Fries in and there's shore lunch!!GL
Smiles Always!

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TuckerRay
TuckerRay

Alabama,US

Posted Mon Mar 9, 2009 8:47 pm
Re: best bait for catfish?
MisterMystery is right, live bait is the hands down best way to catch a big cat. In fact, its the only way to catch a big flathead or "tabby" as we call them in the southeast. Other species aren't as picky. In the brackish water of the Mobile-Tensaw delta we catch big blues and tabbies with whole blue crabs in their bellies.
Also, contrary to popular belief, the best time to find the big ones is in the heat of the day. Anywhere you can find a deep hole in the river (usually in a sharp bend), there will be several big and in some cases REALLY BIG cats.

TuckerRay

steveshales
steveshales

New York,US

Posted Thu Mar 19, 2009 11:36 pm
Re: best bait for catfish?
fresh kill minnow gutted a foot of bottom
works for me
LooseDragMcgoo
LooseDragMcgoo

Ontario,CA

Posted Fri Mar 20, 2009 5:47 am
Re: best bait for catfish?
MEOW MIX IT'S DELICIOUS!
Mike ;)

Better to be loose then tight!

FISHINMA
FISHINMA

Utah,US

Posted Thu Apr 9, 2009 6:35 pm
Re: Re: best bait for catfish?
LMAO! FISHINMA'S TOP SUPER SECRET SAUCE! That's all you need last week in April!!WAHOOEY! I'm playin kids!
Smiles Always!

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lyda33
lyda33

Texas,US

Posted Thu Apr 9, 2009 12:17 pm
Re: best bait for catfish?
crank telephones are hands down the best way to catch catfish haha.....joking bountyfishing dont kick me off
RaiderNation
RaiderNation

California,US

Posted Fri Apr 10, 2009 7:39 am
Re: best bait for catfish?
I will save the hot dogs for the BBQ! Cut shad is the way to go. Big live minnows kill'em. Big baits will do the trick.

Always fish like its the last day of your life...

Gerrard
Gerrard

Arkansas,US

Posted Thu Jul 2, 2009 8:32 am
Re: best bait for catfish?
Cut shad, liver with garlic, danny kings stink bait with a treble hook, when i fish for catfish I take several baits because one day they may bite on one thing the next day they may not. throw different baits in and see what they hit on then go with that particular bait.

Hillbilly Fisherman

HUSTLUR
HUSTLUR

California,US

Posted Sat Jul 4, 2009 10:54 pm
Re: best bait for catfish?
Aaah!!! It's that time again. Catfish season.

First, you have to ask yourself do you want to catch monster size cats or just catch the consistent smaller versions. One of this decision will determine your catfishing trip. Personally, I like going for the monster cats. In this scenario, I use a 15 - 40 800M with a 30T Saltist w/ 25lb test spooled. I use from a size 6/0 to and 8/0 octupus hook. I probably go to about 20lbs of bait per night. I either use mackarel or bonita chunks. When I say chunks, I mean 8 oz minimum. Flyline is the only way to go and I usually fish with the reel on freespool, so there will be no resistance when the fish takes the bait. You will know if you have a monster on, because your reel would hum and the line would just keep on running. I usually give it the ten second count and then put my reel into strike. Number one mistake in using octopus hooks is to set the hook and pull on the rod. The best way is after your ten seond count is let the fish hook himself, by simply keeping your rod tip up and letting the fish do all the resistance. As for location, move if you do not get a bite within 30 minutes to an hour. Look for underwater structures, such as sunken trees near points, because they usually hold fish around that area. This is why using a heavy line helps because 90% of the time they will wrap you into structure. Usually, once you hit a hot spot, there will be the pesky ones taking your bait and f'ing up your freespooled reel. The best way to find out if these cats are worth it to stay is to throw a spinning outfit with 15lbs test with a thumbsized mack or bonita on a size 2 hook. If you hook up on this outfit and bring in a small cat most likely 99% of them are around that size, yet do not get me wrong there is always that 1% monster lurking by to get some grub. If you like to use night crawlers, try pumping them up on a short leader. Mealworms and marshmallows is also a good combo. PM me if you need anymore info.

Thanks,
Hustlur

"Where's the fish?"..... "In the water!!!"

freeman141
freeman141

Illinois,US

Posted Thu Mar 3, 2011 8:02 pm
Re: best bait for catfish?
i would say chicken liver thats the only thing i have ever used.

live for the line streching fiberglass bending action

FISHINMA
FISHINMA

Utah,US

Posted Thu Mar 3, 2011 8:28 pm
Re: Re: best bait for catfish?
Hey Kiddo I use chicken liver too! To get it to stay on the hook I take nylon stockings(the kind girls wear with dresses) and cut them up into squares and put a chunk of liver in the middle of the square. Then I will tie the 4 corners of the nylon like a gunny sack and put my hook through it. It will hold up like a charm and you can whip your rod like a pro and catch a biggy!
Smiles Always!
MA

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TxCatfishGuide
TxCatfishGuide

Texas,US

Posted Thu Mar 24, 2011 12:07 am
Re: best bait for catfish?
Worms are not one of the common baits that I use but I suppose they can be effective at times. This is however going to be highly dependent on the target species of catfish.

I would personally focus my energy on other baits for catfish.

Chad Ferguson
http://www.learntocatchcatfish.com
TxCatfishGuide
TxCatfishGuide

Texas,US

Posted Fri Mar 25, 2011 12:55 pm
Re: best bait for catfish?
Here is another recent article I wrote on the subject of the best catfish baits.

http://www.learntocatchcatfish.com/best-catfish-bait
sKunkT
sKunkT

Wisconsin,US

Posted Sun Mar 27, 2011 8:11 pm
Re: best bait for catfish?
frank's red hot, i put that $#!& on everything. I like lively night crawlers bunched up on a jig if it's all I have on hand, but whatever the local forage fish is on a hook and sinker and slip float work great. Catfish aren't always as bottom dwelling scavengers as you may think, they will actively feed on other fish.

It's all because your momma can't cast and your daddy don't like to troll

FISHINMA
FISHINMA

Utah,US

Posted Sun Mar 27, 2011 9:13 pm
Re: best bait for catfish?
HEY YOU GUYS! Quit talkin bait and get in on this tourney!
http://www.bountyfishing.com/thread/25-quot-all-regional-channel-cat-tourney-25
Answer the thread if you like or dislike! Let's have us a Kitty tourney! If you do not answer on the thread we might not get the tourney....
Smiles Always!
MA

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NDFISHING
NDFISHING

North Dakota,US

Posted Thu May 12, 2011 1:40 pm
Re: best bait for catfish?
Hi guys I am from ND and none of you have mentioned Salamanders or mudpuppies. This from experience is the best bait by far. You slit the tail to make it drip a little blood and the fish go nuts for it. We have a Catfish days tournament here in August and that is what most people use. Catch 25lb+ quite often using this bait in the MIGHTY RED RIVER!!!!
guideman
guideman

South Carolina,US

Posted Fri May 13, 2011 4:37 pm
Re: best bait for catfish?
I spent 17+ years fishing Lake of the Ozarks for everything it offers. I have caught all three species of cats there. All of them eat shad, either whole or cut bait. I catch the fresh shad with a throw net. If the shad are running small, you can fish them whole. If the shad are larger, you can cut them into sections, including the head portion. The great thing about this bait is that it is free and easy to find swimming in large pods on the surface. The largest cat I got went over 50+ pounds and was a blue cat caught on a 2 inch cut slab of shad. Drifting just off the bottom with circle hooks insures solid hookups and live released fish. You WILL catch every sized cat your body of water offers using shad as your bait. Nothing works better!!!!

guideman

HookmNBookm
HookmNBookm

Georgia,US

Posted Mon May 16, 2011 8:35 am
Re: best bait for catfish?
Anything that Stinks lol if you wanna use worms use nightcrawlers, they like those their big an juicy, caught plenty of cats with those, also i have an unorthodox cat bait mix, but here it is mix chicken livers with garlic, cherry or any red kool-aid (fish like color lol), onion powder, pepper, oatmeal, ketchup an throw in the freezer, take it out before you go fishin so they will thaw, they will stay on the hook, dont forget a towel, gets kinda messy but it smells bad looks good and they luv it here in Georgia! (bream like it too!) lol

Hit the Line ur Butt is Mine!

Bmingione
Bmingione

Pennsylvania,US

Posted Tue Jul 5, 2011 8:54 am
Re: best bait for catfish?
I fish the upper chesapeake bay for catfish. ive found that cut bait and shrimp have been most productive. When fishing deep channel edges i like to sink it to the bottom. When im not fishing deep channel edges for cats i look for weedy flats usually in coves(3-5 ft deep). In these areas, as wierd as it sounds, i like to use a bobber and shrimp. i let enough line under the bobber so that the shrimp stays a couple inches off the bottom and drifts more naturally.
christina21maria
christina21maria

Other,AU

Posted Wed Jan 4, 2012 8:25 pm
Re: best bait for catfish?
In my point of view Catfish is better for eating ?

http://www.fishjumanji.com/

FluffyMexican
FluffyMexican

Texas,US

Posted Mon Mar 12, 2012 9:42 pm
Re: best bait for catfish?
Hay these are all good but any one ever here about chorizo
Yup chorizo just freeze it over night keep it with you with an ice pack and your set catfish go nuts for it
jais
jais

West Virginia,US

Posted Wed Mar 14, 2012 7:49 pm
Re: best bait for catfish?
when does catfish and carp tourneys start?
dustin2222
dustin2222

Kentucky,US

Posted Mon Dec 30, 2013 1:34 pm
Re: best bait for catfish?
real worms are better the fake worms when it comes to catfish
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