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#12494706 - 11/06/17 07:58 PM Soap catfish bait
stinkywon Offline
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Ran across a guy in Sweet Home Texas during opening rifle, got to talking about fishing. Turns out he makes homemade lye soap catfish bait. He swears by it and gave me some!! It's called Ace's homemade lye soap catfish bait, just curious have y'all heard of it and does it work? Going to try it Thursday

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#12494978 - 11/07/17 06:29 AM Re: Soap catfish bait [Re: stinkywon]
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Let me know how it works.

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#12494988 - 11/07/17 06:36 AM Re: Soap catfish bait [Re: stinkywon]
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Never heard of it. I do remember my grandad and uncle using P&G Soap back in the 70’s sometimes. It caught fish.

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#12495004 - 11/07/17 06:46 AM Re: Soap catfish bait [Re: stinkywon]
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It's been a go-to bait for trotlines since I was a kid. One brand I remember is Octagon. Any soap without a perfume scent will work and you can still find it in some of the Dollar Stores..
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#12495020 - 11/07/17 07:01 AM Re: Soap catfish bait [Re: stinkywon]
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Guys used to use Ivory soap on trotlines I recall.
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#12495034 - 11/07/17 07:15 AM Re: Soap catfish bait [Re: stinkywon]
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Loc: Gonzales, Tx
Want the recipe?
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#12495040 - 11/07/17 07:19 AM Re: Soap catfish bait [Re: stinkywon]
ChuChu1 Offline
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10 ounces of lye
2 quarts of water
Glass containers to mix ingredients in. Do not use metal with lye it will corrode the metal.
5 pounds of animal fat (or half fat/lard and half used crisco from a fish fry dash of bacon drippings)
2 cups of velvetta or generic nice n cheesey
Getting started
Put the fat in a pot and melt it on a stove at medium heat. Remove the fat from the heat once it is melted and allow it to cool. If it cools too much and becomes solid, melt it again.
While the fat is melting put the water in the glass container. Add the lye to the water by stirring it in. Never add water to lye. You will have a reaction that will cause the lye to splatter. Be careful when handling the lye; it is caustic and can cause serious burns.
Making the soap
Combine the fat with the lye mixture, stirring until it becomes thick. Stir slowly so air is not introduced. If air gets into the mixture the bait will float. You can use a sinker on your fishing line if this happens to get the bait to the bottom. Use only enough of the fat to get a thick paste.
Secret ingredient
Slowly stir in the cheese, being careful not to mix air in. Catfish love cheese.
Finishing
Pour the mixture into the mold and let it harden. This will take a couple of days.
Using the bait
To use cut off a piece (one-half inch cube) and push your fishing hook through it.
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#12495431 - 11/07/17 12:19 PM Re: Soap catfish bait [Re: stinkywon]
hornet527 Offline
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Zote works good aas well
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#12495458 - 11/07/17 12:32 PM Re: Soap catfish bait [Re: stinkywon]
WillieRip Offline
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I made catfish soap out of Menhaden oil once. I never caught anything on it, but I'd really like to see some videos of someone using cat soap on trotline or something.
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#12495501 - 11/07/17 01:16 PM Re: Soap catfish bait [Re: stinkywon]
stinkywon Offline
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thanks for the input, will let you know how it works, planning on using jugs

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#12495794 - 11/07/17 05:36 PM Re: Soap catfish bait [Re: hornet527]
ChuChu1 Offline
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Originally Posted By: hornet527
Zote works good aas well


Easiest and best way to go.
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#12496187 - 11/07/17 10:50 PM Re: Soap catfish bait [Re: stinkywon]
Catfish Lynn Offline
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Question. Does Ace's soap bait float in the water? I am looking for some that floats like some I used on Lake Corpus Christi (old Lake Mathis). I used some I got at the KOA Campground there on the lake (east side if I recall correctly) back in 1979. Also, it was white (not off color). And it did not really have any smell. Or a strong scent.

My Dad & Brother-in-law's Dad were P&G soap fishermen back in the 50s & 60s.
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#12503926 - 11/14/17 09:12 PM Re: Soap catfish bait [Re: stinkywon]
stinkywon Offline
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Didn't fish last Thursday, to dang cold.definitely this Thursday, will let y'all know how it does and if it floats!!

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#12505564 - 11/16/17 11:36 AM Re: Soap catfish bait [Re: stinkywon]
stinkywon Offline
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Registered: 04/23/15
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Well it doesn't float, but it does catch fish!!

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#12506066 - 11/16/17 07:09 PM Re: Soap catfish bait [Re: stinkywon]
JimmyA Offline
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Loc: new boston
Interesting, info!
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