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14 Best Catfish Bait Options Today

by In-Fisherman Online Staff   |  May 20th, 2014 6

catfish baitCatfish can smell and taste the difference between a creek chub and a baby carp at 50 paces. In rivers, current carries both attractive and displeasing scents and tastes to catfish. In still water, catfish tend to move more, sampling the water for potential food. They disregard most sensations, just as our ears, eyes, and noses tune out most incoming stimuli.

What grabs their interest are preferred prey or certain flavors that may hold innate attraction for certain catfish species. Channel catfish are omnivores, consuming nearly all forms of animal and vegetable matter of appropriate size. Yet all savvy catmen know that the right bait can mean the difference between a few fiddler cats and loading the boat.

When choosing the best catfish bait, one constant question is whether to use a whole live critter, cut sections, or some type of artificial. Many predators at times clearly prefer active livebait. Among catfish, flatheads, particularly big ones, often prefer livebaits that live for hours on the hook and struggle to escape. However, worms and cutbait catch catfish, too, as do home-brewed stinkbaits vile enough to turn a vulture’s stomach. Dips, doughs, chunks, and other prepared baits offer convenience, reduce waste, and increase your catches. We sifted through the options to bring you the following 14 picks for hooking whiskers.

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  • bassmanlike@ahoo.com

    baitshrimp in minced garlic in glad bag shake and bakebe ready 4 tree shakers

  • Michael Rae

    Nightcrawlers on spring flood plains is when I catch the most catfish. My biggest catfish come from cutbait and creek chubs during warm summer nights.

  • willy j

    no help to me as I wanted to know about bate other than manufactured bate.

    • Mitch

      Try chicken livers, nightcralwlers, and stink bait. All of these baits ive had alot of luck with catching channel catfish.

  • brandoncollins

    Try hotdogs I’ve caught a lot of cats here in new mexico with them don’t knock it till u try it lol

  • William Whiteman

    I catch most of my catfish off shad skipjack or goldfish and bluegills my biggest blue cat ive caught last year in the winter was 75lbs I caught it off strawberry chicken breast

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