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Best catfish bait #14689481 03/21/20
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Well?


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Shad.

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I like SSS stink bait for channel cats and cut shad for blues and live what ever for flatheads.

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Creek Chubs work for me.


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What kind of water you fishing?

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freshly cut bluegills

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Originally Posted by IA_fog
What kind of water you fishing?


Lakes and ponds in VA.


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Take some seafood Pate' style catfood, and mix in some crushed Wheaties until it makes a stiff paste that doesn't stick to your hands. Be sure to get all of the oil out of the can! Form a ball of it big enough to encase your hook and throw it in. Then throw a few more around the area where your bait is. It's cheap, and you will slay them with it.


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Worms or liver always worked pretty good for me in ponds.

Cut shad or some kind of cut bait would probably be good in lakes too.


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Fishing Cape Cod we used clam bellies for cod and haddock.
I thought they would be great to catfish. Tough and grisly, they
put off an oil cloud when they hit the water. If they are a bait of choice for bottom dwelling, scent feeding salt water fish, I bet catfish would love them.

Of course, somebody would,
let them rot first,
Add garlic,
Or Cool Aid.

Maybe, anise.

I should have bought a vac sealer Pac to try.
But knew I couldn't source them here, so It didn't matter much.


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For channel cat in ponds/lakes Sonny's dip bait works well for me.


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Catalpa worms...

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Blues and flatheads like fresh shad. Live bluegills and goldfish sometimes.

Channel cats will eat just about anything. liver, chicken, stink bait, blood bait, hotdogs, worms, cheetoes, soap, you name it.
strawberry koolaid, garlic powder, and vanilla extract make good attractants to add to any of the above.


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Originally Posted by prairie dog shooter
Blues and flatheads like fresh shad. Live bluegills and goldfish sometimes.

Channel cats will eat just about anything. liver, chicken, stink bait, blood bait, hotdogs, worms, cheetoes, soap, you name it.
strawberry koolaid, garlic powder, and vanilla extract make good attractants to add to any of the above.


First mention of hot dogs which seems to be a popular bait here in Va. I'm new to this, but I want to get good at it. When I was a kid, 40 years ago, fishing channel cats a few times in small rivers and lakes in upstate New York, we used dead minnows, the stinky-er the better it seemed. But that was in a place long ago and far away from where I am now. I'm a catfish rookie.

Thanks for all the responses.

Keep them coming.


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In my experience the tales of catfish loving rotten, festering, stinking stuff are nonsense. Sometimes stinkbaits work on channels, but IME if they’re biting great on it they’ll usually bite other stuff too. I do know that they don’t prefer sour or rotten or even day old cut bait.

Frozen shad and perch are almost as bad as no bait at all. I find the best bait to be cut shad caught in the body of water I’m fishing and cut while they’re still alive and used immediately. Some times of the year perch work as good as shad, even moreso when the shad aren’t on the bank and you can’t catch any. For flatheads perch will stay alive on the hook much longer than shad and are also tougher which makes them harder to tear the hook out of on the cast. I hear that skipjack are the ultimate catfish bait but we don’t have them here.

A 4’ throw net will more than pay for itself if you learn to use it, you’ll have a much better chance of getting fresh bait every time you hit the water. We begin every catfish trip by trying to catch bait, if we can’t get any bait we’ll go home. If the shad aren’t on the bank and I don’t want to mess with the boat we’ll go to one of our ponds and catch 8-10 little perch between 2”-5” long. Usually catch them on a jigging rod with a tiny piece of night crawler on a cricket hook, toss them in a 5gal bucket with a little battery aerator.

I guess that’s the long way of saying that you’ll catch more fish if you make the effort to use fresh bait.


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