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#11124360 - 09/24/15 08:38 AM 4 weird baits that catch catfishHot Dogs Hot dogs are about as American as you can get. But, you will never look at them in
bknotts Offline
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Hot Dogs

Hot dogs are about as American as you can get. But, you will never look at them in the same light after using them for catfish bait. Many catfish anglers have used them for decades. On the other hand, most catfishermen seem to discover hot dogs out of desperation, after running out of traditional baits such as worms and cut baits. Hot dogs are a common food taken along on fishing excursions and double as excellent catfish bait.

Points to remember when using hot dogs as bait include:

* Cheaper hot dogs seem to catch more fish. Eat the more expensive hot dogs yourself, but form the habit of tossing a package or two of the cheapest brands available into your cooler. If all else fails, you can still eat them, too.

* Use hotdogs sparingly. Hotdogs are full of meat by-products and salts. It doesn't take a big bait to lay down a scent trail. Catfish will find the baits. Use a piece about the size of your first thumb joint.



Bar Soap

Bar soap is a necessity found in most households. Don't have bait or don't want to take the time to go by the bait shop? Grab a bar of soap from the bathroom closet. It will catch catfish.

Cheaper soaps tend to work best. Again, save the good stuff for yourself. But, in a pinch, even the best soap will work for catfish bait.

How to use soap as bait:

* Cut bar of soap into 1-inch squares. Some soaps are more crumbly than others, so experiment with size until you discover what size will stay together. Smaller is better.

* Cast your bait into a current. The moving water will disperse the scent of the soap. Catfish will find it.



Mulberries

Looking to nature for vegetative baits is an old catfisherman's trick. Catfish are not generally though of as vegetarians, but they do take advantage of seasonal surpluses and often gorge themselves on small fruits.

Mulberry tips:

* Mulberries ripen in spring. Locate several trees well ahead of time so you will be prepared for the harvest. Check your selected trees often. Squirrels love ripe mulberries and can clean a tree out in a matter of days.

* Try to find mulberry trees hanging over a stream or river that holds catfish. This is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Catfish will have utilized the berries for years and will be accustomed to feeding there.

* Pick your berries a little early. Ripe berries are hard to keep on a hook. An alternative is to tie ripe berries into a small sack and place on a treble hook.



Blackberries

Blackberries are another seasonal fruit relished by catfish. Look for them in mid-summer.

Blackberry tips:

* Pick berries early. All manner of wild birds and animals love blackberries.

* Look for blackberry bushes next to water sources. Catfish that have become accustomed to feeding on berries falling into the water can be caught very shallow and often very quickly.



Becoming spontaneous with your catfishing can add a whole new dimension to the sport. A word of caution: eating your baits is a temptation. And, you may need the soap to wash your mouth out after the expletives you utter upon experiencing the explosive strikes of a monster catfish striking one of these four weird baits.

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#11124462 - 09/24/15 09:19 AM Re: 4 weird baits that catch catfishHot Dogs Hot dogs are about as American as you can get. But, you will never look at them in [Re: bknotts]
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Cheaper hotdogs have more fat content. My favorite was Bar-S for catfish bait. During the spring spawn while others were using stinkbait or shad, I would be using hotdogs underneath a float.
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#11124510 - 09/24/15 09:39 AM Re: 4 weird baits that catch catfishHot Dogs Hot dogs are about as American as you can get. But, you will never look at them in [Re: bknotts]
bknotts Offline
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Plus you have a snack for yourself too

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#11124777 - 09/24/15 12:00 PM Re: 4 weird baits that catch catfishHot Dogs Hot dogs are about as American as you can get. But, you will never look at them in [Re: bknotts]
DCmac Offline
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Used to use dogs with fair success up in DamYankeeLand when I was a kid. Raw bacon worked pretty good too. Not here. Last year I tried very-well-garlic-marinated BarS dogs. Nothing. But then I'm a fisherman, not a catcherman. Got me some Stubbys couple weeks ago, about dying to try it.

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#11124797 - 09/24/15 12:15 PM Re: 4 weird baits that catch catfishHot Dogs Hot dogs are about as American as you can get. But, you will never look at them in [Re: bknotts]
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#11125094 - 09/24/15 02:28 PM Re: 4 weird baits that catch catfishHot Dogs Hot dogs are about as American as you can get. But, you will never look at them in [Re: bknotts]
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I have seen soap on hooks that were discarded and heard they were for catfish... I would like to understand whats attractive about bar soap to cats.

The hotdogs and other stuff makes sense but soap?
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#11125226 - 09/24/15 03:11 PM Re: 4 weird baits that catch catfishHot Dogs Hot dogs are about as American as you can get. But, you will never look at them in [Re: Dan90210]
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Originally Posted By: D.A.Cooper
I have seen soap on hooks that were discarded and heard they were for catfish... I would like to understand whats attractive about bar soap to cats.

The hotdogs and other stuff makes sense but soap?


Lye Soap is made from hog lard. It's the lard they are after.
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#11128583 - 09/26/15 07:45 AM Re: 4 weird baits that catch catfishHot Dogs Hot dogs are about as American as you can get. But, you will never look at them in [Re: bknotts]
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Zote brand soap is okay if you're patient and or the water is very warm. I believe it's ~65% beef tallow.

Most people use it for trot lines and jug fishing.

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#11129209 - 09/26/15 03:59 PM Re: 4 weird baits that catch catfishHot Dogs Hot dogs are about as American as you can get. But, you will never look at them in [Re: bknotts]
charlief1 Offline
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You forgot sweet corn. I used it here to try for some carp and all I got was blue cats hitting on it. Used corn for trout before but never had this happen before.
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#11129226 - 09/26/15 04:12 PM Re: 4 weird baits that catch catfishHot Dogs Hot dogs are about as American as you can get. But, you will never look at them in [Re: bknotts]
Mark Ray Offline
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I saw a dude catch redfish with a whole jalapeño pepper. I dunno if that would work for cats or not, unless they were accustomed to eating Mexican food...
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#11129234 - 09/26/15 04:16 PM Re: 4 weird baits that catch catfishHot Dogs Hot dogs are about as American as you can get. But, you will never look at them in [Re: bknotts]
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#11129930 - 09/26/15 09:39 PM Re: 4 weird baits that catch catfishHot Dogs Hot dogs are about as American as you can get. But, you will never look at them in [Re: bknotts]
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Ran out of bait while camping and saw a bunch of those brown bugs under a street light so I baited out my trotline with them and,WOW I caught well on them.After that I went home filled a tub with about 3" of water and a drop light pointing into the water,the next morning I had my bait for the next run floating in the tub.

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#11130206 - 09/27/15 07:05 AM Re: 4 weird baits that catch catfishHot Dogs Hot dogs are about as American as you can get. But, you will never look at them in [Re: Dan90210]
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DA It's the tallow ie animal fat in the soap that puts out a scent trail as it starts dissolving. I also think only soaps that have tallow in them will work. Zote soap has it and does work. ( I think cut perch is better and faster bite ) I have caught blues on ( Overnight) anchored Jugs with it. But, it is a slow bite, too slow in my opinion for anything but jugs or trotlines. It takes a long time for the scent trail to develop sufficiently.

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#11130232 - 09/27/15 07:55 AM Re: 4 weird baits that catch catfishHot Dogs Hot dogs are about as American as you can get. But, you will never look at them in [Re: bknotts]
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I have caught catfish on chicken too and I am not going to stop eating chicken or hot dogs.
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