Fishing is fun, but you already know that. What you do not know is that catfish can be really crafty and they will dodge the hook more often than you care to see. However, there is a way around this and it is in the bait that you use. I have been fishing for many years and over that time, I have come to know the kinds of baits that fish love most. And no, they will not cost you a lot of money and they are not gross in any way. Some of these baits are stuff that you can find at home in your kitchen. Forget the regular baits like chicken in all forms. Sometimes, you will find that you do not have chicken. So what can you use instead? It is better to have diverse options at your disposal.
So here goes:
Use spoiled shrimp
Catfish enjoy shrimp. How do I know? You ask. I know because I have used spoiled shrimp from the fridge and tell you what, I was happy it did not go to waste. The good thing is that you do not have to wait for your shrimp to spoil. Make a habit of passing by the grocery store and ask for any spoiled ones and they will be happy to oblige to your request. When you get home with the shrimp, keep it in an airtight bag and then freeze it. To fish, insert the hook from the head to the tail but the tip should protrude a bit.
Coagulated cow blood
Where do you get cow’s blood? It is very simple actually. If there is a slaughterhouse somewhere in your area of town, go and ask them for blood. Just take a container to the slaughterhouse and they will fill it up with blood for you. Tell them it is for catfish fishing. When the blood has coagulated, just cut it into small pieces of about one inch thick and use it for night or evening fishing for the best results.
Fries, yes, French!
People love French fries and so do catfish. In fact, catfish love many things that people love, so no surprise there. I have used French fries several times before and I think it is the grease that attracts the catfish. I also learned that it is not only the catfish that love fries but other fish as well. So you had better watch out lest you catch something you do not fancy.
Use ivory soap for big fish
If you would love to catch a trophy catfish, then you had better use Ivory soap. While no one knows why catfish are attracted to this soap like a moth to light, well, the why does not matter as much as the fact that they do love it. Chop it into little cubic pieces of about an inch and then pass the hook through it with the tip protruding.
This is the canned food for your dog if he will allow you ☺. However, do make sure you get the kind of dog food that is cut into squares and has strong flavors like garlic, onion, cheese and so on. You are advised to use this bait on the channel catfish as they have a developed sense of taste than other catfishes.
With the above-mentioned catfish baits, you will be sure of bringing home a catch. You will not need a hunter’s gun scope to track the fish. Just bait, throw the line and wait for the hungry delicious buggers to come along and bite.