Sunday, April 3, 2011

 The largest catfish are known to go for natural bait. Most types of catfish are omnivorous and scavengers, devouring a variety of food items. There are thousands of baits used to catch catfish. Some of the more frequently used types of catfishing bait are: live perch, shad, crawfish, worms, minnows, grasshoppers, chicken liver, stink baits, night crawlers, marshmallows, and small frogs. Live bait is absolutely the best tool at your disposal. Scent is also an important factor, as catfish have a great sense of smell.
The most commomly used bait is also one of the most efficient; the worm. Night crawlers and even the comon garden worm will do just fine. Garden worms are one of the most common baits to find, and they work just fine. In a natural habitat, catfish wait to devour live worms that make their way into the territory. Many shops carry night crawlers and worms, but they can also be dug up from the ground itself.
Catfish are also widely known to feast on shrimp or small prawn. Depending on the size of the prawn, use them whole or cut them in half. Although you can use prawns with their shells still attached, it's better to remove the shells. Frozen and fresh bait for catfishing are easily found at a local bait shop or seafood market. A powerful strategy for inceasing the appeal of your bait is to soak it in fish oil to make it's smell more pungent and appealing to the catfish.

Catfishing can also done with homemade bait. Even common household items such as peanut butter and corn flakes can be appealing. To help attract the catfish, this homemade recipe with pungent oils is a helpful tool. Plus, the peanut butter and corn flake mixture is almost impossible for smaller fish to get off the hook. Another useful tip for hooking catfish is pieces of sweet corn. The sweet corn wrapped around bread ball is a great way to lure in the catch. This method will release a sweet odor that will lure the catfish right to you! Don't wory about smaller fish being attracted to this concoction, this will single-out only the catfish that you desire. The bread helps to catch those hook-shy fish that have gotten that way from too much catch and release. There is yet another common ingredient you cna use from around the house that catfish love to eat, and that is cheese.

 This is not all you can use, your imagination is the limit when discovering excited new bait. With their weak eyesight, catfish use their strong nose to help them locate and catch their prey. Odor is your most powerful weapon, keep this in mind over any other factor when creating homemade bait. Don't worry about being to specific with bait, catfish are not picky, just be creative when deciding on a method.

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