How to Bait a Hook with Liver

by Richard Toole
Chicken livers are often used as bait when fishing for catfish.

Chicken livers are often used as bait when fishing for catfish.

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If you are interested in fishing for catfish, you will probably want to use chicken liver as bait at some point. Chicken livers have long been held in high regard by catfish anglers because of the scent it produces in the water, and because they are inexpensive and readily available at most grocery stores. One of the only issues you may have when using chicken livers is that it can be tricky to get it to stay on your hook. There are several methods you can use to combat this problem, and help you catch more catfish in the future.

Items you will need

  • Chicken livers
  • Aluminum foil
  • Knife
  • Garlic salt
  • Regular fish hook
  • Pantyhose
  • Treble hook, or three pronged hook
  • Sewing thread

Drying the Livers

Step 1

Cut the chicken livers into chunks about the size of a quarter.

Step 2

Place a piece of aluminum foil in direct sunlight. Set the chicken liver pieces on the foil. Sprinkle some garlic salt over all of the liver pieces. Turn the pieces over and salt that side, as well. The garlic salt will help dry out the livers and make them more rigid, which will enable them to stay on the hook better.

Step 3

Allow the livers to dry in the sunlight for four hours. Place the livers in a plastic container or bag and take them with you when you go fishing.

Step 4

Thread a piece of dried liver through the end of the fish hook. Fold the liver back over the hook as many times as you can so that it is secure. Make sure that the last fold completely covers the tip of the hook.

Using Pantyhose

Step 1

Cut a piece of pantyhose between 1 inch to 2 inches long. Tie one end shut if it is open.

Step 2

Place a quarter size piece of chicken liver inside the piece of pantyhose. Tie the other end of the pantyhose shut. Cut any excess pantyhose off at the ends past your knots.

Step 3

Pierce the liver and pantyhose with a fishing hook. Loop the liver back over itself so that it is attached to the hook in at least two positions. The pantyhose will help keep the liver compact and keep it from flopping off of the hook, and will make it harder for the fish to steal your bait.

Using Thread and a Treble Hook

Step 1

Hold a treble hook -- three pronged hook -- in one hand. Pick up a quarter-sized piece of liver with your other hand.

Step 2

Thread the eye, or main shaft of the treble hook through the center of the liver. Push the liver far enough down the shaft so that you can see the eyelet, and tie the hook to your line or a swivel.

Step 3

Cut a piece of sewing thread between 12 and 18 inches long. Wrap the thread around the liver several times so that it is pressed up against the shaft of the hook. Pull the thread tight enough so that it digs into the liver. Cut off any excess thread once the liver is held securely in place.

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