BEST CATFISH BAITS FOR CATFISH FISHING
A common question asked by catfish anglers is what is the best catfish baits for catfish fishing?
A good question, and depending on where you are in your catfish evolution, you will get many answers on what works best.
Surprisingly to some, many veteran catfishermen routinely use many of the below catfish baits:
- catfish bait soaps
- catfish dough baits
- catfish stink baits
- blood baits
- catfish punch baits
- Tons of secret catfish bait recipes made from store bought items
Not every catfish angler is targeting trophy class Blue catfish, Flathead catfish, and Channel Catfish. Many time’s catfish fishermen just want to decompress from a hectic workweek , and feel something tugging on the end of their fishing tackle.
Before we vote on the best catfish bait, lets talk about the major players in the catfish industry. These represent multi-million dollar revenue streams for catfish tackle suppliers.
CATFISH BAIT SOAP:
Its all about the fat content. Older soaps like proctor and gamble were staples for catfish trot lines and were effective. As soap recipes changes over time, perfumes were added and skin conditioners, the attracting properties for catfish dwindled. There are marketers who produce actual catfish bait soap that will be effective and enhance the catfish bait with items such as herring oil, licorice proteins, etc. Cut into small chunks sized for your catfish tackle, and go fishing. Handy for the time pressed catfish fishermen who runs trot lines who doesn’t have time for bait collection.
WEIRD NOTE: In 1999, and once again in 2008, I was told by 2 commercial catfish fishermen that the best bait they use is tinfoil. You heard me, tinfoil. They swear that it worked, and 1 of the 2 guys I believed.
CATFISH PUNCH BAIT:
It’s all about the filler and the cheese in this catfish bait. I have an inside friendship with a punch bait manufacturer that grosses over $100,000+ annually preparing his bait. Extremely popular with catfish anglers and comes in many customized flavors. Punch bait gets its name do to the catfish baits consistency, and the angler having to,”PUNCH” the treble hook or bait holder into the catfish bait. Many of the ingredients are items that just work, cheese, fish oils, blood additives, simple proteins additives, etc. Its not uncommon to hear stories of 20 to 30 pound catfish being caught on this type of catfish bait.
CATFISH DOUGH BAITS:
This catfish bait’s name pretty much explains it. Its all about the consistency. Less stiff than punch baits, catfish dough baits are whipped up in kitchens across the United States. This catfish bait primarily consist of corn meal, flower, anise oil, and any other items readily accessible to a catfish angler.
Once a catfish fishermen knowledge base evolves, and his interest changes, the catfish bait base condenses dramatically. We can break the bait down into two main categories.
LIVE CATFISH BAITS – CUT BAITS
Live catfish baits are a staple for trophy flathead catfishermen searching for the next record flathead catfish. Although there are times when fresh cut-bait will outperform live bait, outside of the winter over period when a trophy flathead catfish’s metabolism is kicking on all cylinders based on water temperature, live baits are the name of my game.
Skip Jack, Shad gut pockets, eels, you name it. If it is fresh, your chances increase. Many catfish fishermen swear that the head portion of cut baits work the best, although I have found my best catfish from the body portion with the gut opened.
We just scratched the surface, but these are the staples.
What in your opinion is the best catfish bait for a catfish angler short on time, and those catfish baits where the goal is,”GO BIG OR GO HOME”.
Paul Louderback is the President of the United States Catfish Association which has over 30+ thousand members within the ranks. Paul advises numerous businesses within the total sphere of catfishing and volunteers coaching with startup companies.
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