How to Bait for Monster Catfish

by Richard Toole
Some species of catfish can grow to more than 70 pounds.

Some species of catfish can grow to more than 70 pounds.

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Fishing for big catfish can be challenging, as catfish can be rather elusive. Catfish are omnivorous, meaning they will eat just about anything they can find, especially if they are hungry and they stumble across a free meal. There is a wide variety of items you can use for catfish bait; some are common, and others are employed by very few. In additional to traditional bait, you can use various food items to try to catch big catfish.

Items you will need

  • Chicken livers
  • Fishing sinkers
  • Cod liver oil or chicken blood
  • Ballpoint pen
  • Wire cutters
  • Soft cheese (mozzarella)

Using Chicken Livers

Step 1

Buy a tub of chicken livers from the grocery store. Chicken livers are normally found in the meat department, in cylindrical tubs next to the poultry.

Step 2

Leave the tub of chicken livers outside for 24 to 48 hours. Many anglers feel that the extra scent given off by rancid chicken livers is one of the best baits. The livers are ready when you can easily smell them from a few feet away.

Step 3

Bait your hook with a chicken liver. Be sure to loop the liver through the hook two or three times to prevent the catfish from easily stripping the bait from the hook.

Step 4

Attach a sinker to the line to ensure that the chicken liver rests on the bottom after you cast it.

Hot Dogs

Step 1

Cut a package of hot dogs into 1-inch sections.

Step 2

Fill a cooking syringe with chicken blood (from a package of raw chicken meat) or cod liver oil.

Step 3

Inject the chicken blood or cod liver oil into the hot dog sections. The scent of the oil or blood will attract more catfish to your bait.

Step 4

Use a sinker on your line to ensure the bait rests on the bottom after you cast your line.

Cheese

Step 1

Take apart a ballpoint pen, and remove the spring inside. Cut the spring in half with a pair of wire cutters.

Step 2

Slide one of the spring pieces down over the top of a treble hook. The spring should stay in place after you tie your line or attach a swivel to the hook.

Step 3

Cut a 1 inch cube of soft cheese (such as mozzarella) from a block. Pinch the piece of cheese around the hook and spring. The spring will help hold the cheese to the hook by gouging the cheese and giving it more surface area to which to attach. Press the cheese around the spring until it is firmly in place.

Step 4

Attach a sinker to your line and cast your line into the water.

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