Just about every angler knows that catfish make for a fun catch. Their lean muscular bodies always put up a good fight, but it is important to understand that you need the right homemade catfish bait to land a big cat in the first place.
Making your own catfish bait has some benefits to it. It is cheap, you can customize it to the taste of the catfish in your lake and it is a lot of fun to dig your fingers into a goop with the entire family. Admit it, you get just as much joy as the kids do from smushing the mixture around.
Here are some homemade catfish bait recipes that will help you get a fighter on the end of your line.
Cream Corn Homemade Catfish Bait Recipe
1 Can Cream Corn
¼ Cup Leftover Grease (bacon drippings, hamburger grease, etc.)
2 Cups Corn Meal
1 Cup Oats
1 Tablespoon Corn Starch
Mix cream corn and grease. Heat until warm and grease melts. Mix dry ingredients in large bowl. Pour corn and grease mixture into dry ingredients. Mix together well and form balls to your desired size.
Meat and Cheese Catfish Bait Recipe
1 lb. Uncooked Ground Meat (beef, turkey, deer, etc.)
1 Cup Velveta Cheese or American Cheese Slices
1 Tablespoon Garlic (preferably minced)
Melt cheese until soft. Combine with meat and garlic and mix until cheese is evenly distributed. Slowly add flour to mixture until you reach a play-dough like consistency. Form into balls. Keeps well in a plastic bag in the freezer.
Catfish Stink Bait Recipe
While it isn’t the best smelling homemade catfish bait out there, it is the most effective.
2 Cans Tuna in Oil
2 Cans Sardines in Mustard
½ lb. Chicken Livers
2 Boxes Stuffing Mix
1 Bag Stuffing Bread
Mix tuna, sardines and chicken livers in a sealable container. Seal and set outside for a week. Remember to place in a secure, raccoon proof location. A week later, outside, mix in stuffing mix and stuffing bread until a thick dough like consistency is reached. Be sure to use a utensil you will not need in the future or stick to stir mixture.
Lye Soap Catfish Bait Recipe
2 lb. Lard
4.4 oz. Lye (handle with care)
7 oz. Water
While outside or in a well-ventilated area, put the water in a glass bowl and slowly pour in the lye, letting it dissolve. The mixture will heat up as the lye reacts to the water. Let cool till the temperature reaches around 85 degrees. Melt lard and bring the temperature to 90 degrees. Slowly pour the dissolved lye into the lard as you continue to stir. Stir the mixture until it reaches the consistency of thick gravy. Pour into ice cube trays and let set for three days. Cubes should set and able to slide a hook through.
You may have some reservations about using lye in your homemade catfish bait, but it is very effective.
Wheaties Catfish Bait Recipe
4 Cups Wheaties Cereal
1 lb. Hamburgar
½ Cup Parmesan Cheese
1 Tablespoon Garlic
¼ Cup Cooking Oil (used works better)
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Slowly add water until you reach a doughy consistency.
Liver Loaf Catfish Bait Recipe
2 Cups Chicken Livers
1 Loaf of Bread
¼ Cup Dark Molasses
Cut the chicken livers into small pieces. Combine molasses and chicken livers into large bowl, adding bread after. Smush together with hands until all ingredients are combined and a formable consistency.
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