10 Secret Catfish Baits You Didn't Know About

(Photo courtesy of GameandFishMag.com)
(Photo courtesy of GameandFishMag.com)

We all have our “swear by” bait for catfish. For me, it is chicken liver, live shad or my favorite recipe: cherry chicken – raw chicken marinated and refrigerated for several days in cherry Kool-Aid. Dough balls of every variety are always popular with anglers, and one woman even tells me that spitting on night crawlers is her go-to bait of choice.

While none of these baits are breaking news, we like them because they work. On occasion, we run out of the tried-and-true favorites and must resort to whatever is available. Experimenting with items we can throw on the hook just out of curiosity is also part of the fun.

I’ve run into anglers who have turned to all kinds of odd items on a whim for bait like KFC’s potato wedges, cooked turkey tails, freezer-burned salmon roe chunks, Starburst, moldy Swiss cheese, chicken drumsticks, scented candles, Big John’s baked beans, stale blueberry glazed doughnuts, Slim Jim’s, goldfish and jelly beans. Some folks even use opossum, though I am still trying to figure out how this one goes on the hook.


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