I’ve heard that chicken liver is a great bait for Catfish but I can’t seem to keep it on the hook. Any suggestions?
Some seasoned anglers swear by chicken bait when fishing for catfish, but it does require a slightly more difficult rigging. When using chicken livers, the biggest problem most fishermen face is keeping them on the hook. A couple of suggestions for combating this problem include letting them dry completely in the sun before placing them on the hook, and/or coating the livers with garlic salt and sun drying for up to 4 hours. Since some fishermen believe that drying the livers reduces the scent and run off they produce in the water, you can also wrap a quarter size piece of liver in a piece of pantyhose. Leave a tag end on the hose to thread through your hook. Another method is slightly more complicated but works perfectly. Using a #4 treble hook, run the eye through a pieces of liver. Place the hook into the snap of a snap swivel. Holding the hook by the eye, wrap the liver tightly with about a foot and a half of sewing thread. You’ll want to wrap the thread tight enough that it actually starts to cut into the liver. Although you’ll have to cut the extra thread off the hook after a couple of bait ups, the liver will virtually stay on the hook until either you or a catfish takes it off.