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  • Roger Humble
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    depends on what species of catfish you are looking for
    flathead catfish like live bait blue and channel catfish like whatever they can put in ther mouth find out what the Catfish are feeding on in your area check out muddy river catfishing on YouTube thats were i learn alot from

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  • JB Gilbert
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    You seriously should look at Benny Roberts SureShot catfish punch bait. Been using it for years. If you do decide to try it, make sure you read how Benny recommends using it. SureShot can ONLY be found at www.catfishbait.net

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  • kmcbroom
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    My favorite bait for channel cats, especially big channel cats, is bluegills. I scale and fillet them but leave the skin on for toughness so they will stay on the hook. I believe big channel cats either evolve into a predetor or they were born predetors and is the reason they get so much bigger than their cousins out slurping up stinky stuff. I never use anything rotten for catfishing always fresh even if it is livers and I only use livers when the kids are with me so we can catch those little ones. I think scaling the bluegill helps to release juices into the water that drive big cats crazy give it a try next time.

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    Ken McBroom
    www.ramblingangler.com

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  • JohnDonaldHomanIII
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    Sonny's stink bait works best...you get bites in almost every cast.

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  • JohnDonaldHomanIII
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    Sonny's stink bait works best...you get bites in almost every cast.

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  • drawer.bli
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    It all depends on the type of cat. For bullheads, a piece of hot dog or a nightcrawler can't be beat. For Channel cats, cut bait, stinkbait, or chicken liver work.Go with a live bluegill for flatheads. for big blues, use cut bait.

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  • MJAB723
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    I would agree with them about smelling the better. Catfish have scent receptors and they use the whiskers to "try out" the bait before they eat it. In other words, if it doesn't stink, it won't attract them very well.

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  • joel.grudle
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    Chicken liver has never steered me wrong

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  • DakotaMan
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    As others have said, catfish aren't real fussy about what they eat. I like channel catfish for best eating quality. One of my top bait for them has been a little sand toad. I often just hook a live one in the lower lip and send him drifting down the current. For bottom fishing, a live chub or cut bait from an oily fish is pretty good too.

    On the bottom, chicken livers are quite good as well. I had a commercial fishing license for catfish for a while and had to use a no-nonsense approach to bait to get over 500 catfish a day to my traps. For that I used congealed cow blood obtained from a local butcher shop. Once it is congealed, it is pretty much the consistency of cow liver and you can wrap 1 inch cuttings with thin nylon or cloth. They will last for a day in the water and it is hard to beat since the blood slowly disperses down stream. If I use this I try to fish the same hole for quite a while as fish will follow the scent from miles downstream and it may take them an hour to arrive to your bait.

    I've also had good success with crayfish tails. I sein crayfish from small streams with a small sein. Good luck... the important thing with catfish is to get your hook in the water. If fishing for channel cats, remember that they feed in fast water and just as much at the top of the water as on the bottom.

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  • santa
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    I like to use pork liver trimmings (the tough sinew or tendons that actually connect the liver) because they stay on a hook very well while still putting out the bloody smell. It has not been legal for many years, but when I was a kid, the ultimate bait was live dime store goldfish.

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  • Ncarl
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    Sorry, should have specified that I'm talking about channel cats.

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  • Ncarl
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    Bubba is right. It really depends on the time of year. Earlier in the year I use cut bluegill. When the water warms up and the fish are done spawning stink baits work well. People think it just takes a nasty bait to catch fish but its more about fishing in high percentage areas. A catfish will eat just about anything that comes his way. In lakes fish rock piles. If you hit those fish right on the head with a piece of freshly cut crappie or bluegill they will bite. When fishing smaller rivers wade them and look for where the water has washed away the sand to create a hole. Most of the time these holes can be found where the river bends or on the downstream side of structure. Do the same thing I do in lakes , hit them on the head with cut bait. I can't give you advise on larger rivers as I don't fish them.

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  • jay
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    I've had the best luck with cut baits like shad, skip jack, bluegills etc. I've caught a few blues over the 50 pound mark, one in my profile pics. Channel catfish seem to like the stink baits and worrms better. I mostly stick with the cut baits because anything else doesn't stay on the hook as well.

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  • AAM
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    My grandfather uses stink bait.

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