Make your Own Catfish Bait

September 9, 2009 by  
Filed under Trail Boss Outdoor Tips

Recipe One: Dough Balls

Making dough ball catfish bait is fairly easy. Start with a base such as peanut butter, cookie dough or bread. Next, place the base you picked out in a bucket and then mix it with something to give it a scent such as chicken livers, rotten cheese or garlic powder. It may take a few times of combining ingredients together before you find the right mixture that holds together and draws the catfish but you get the general idea.

Once you have the mixture that works best for you take it and roll out balls about one inch in diameter and place them in a sealed container to keep them fresh until you are ready to use them. When you go fishing all you need to do is to mold the mixture around the hook and you are ready to reel in the catfish.

Recipe Two: Lye Soap

Using Lye Soap to catch catfish has been around for a long time and continues to be a great bait to use. Start out making this bait by pouring lye into a container. Stir in water until the lye is dissolved, then let it sit until it reaches room temperature.

Next, place animal fat on the stovetop until it melts and then let it cool down some. Before the fat gets cold start distributing the lye mixture into the animal fat and stir with a wooden spoon until it becomes thick. It should be thick but you should still be able to stir with the spoon because the next step is to add an ingredient to help increase the smell. This ingredient could be cheese, garlic salt, anise extract or whatever you want to use.

The last step is to place the mixture into a mold or a bowl and let it set for three to four days until it hardens. It is then ready to use.



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