I need a dough bait that will stay on the hook. Can you help me?

Dan,I need a dough bait that will stay on the hook. I fish a paylake (catfish only). The other Anglers are killing me. Can you help?

Dough bait that stays on the hook is not as hard as it seems, but I can tell you one way that you can keep your dough bait on the hook without spending any money. If the dough bait is hard, it should stay, but sometimes it will loosen up in the water. You can use an old pair of nylons to make a dough ball pouch. You cut a large enough piece and bring up the sides of the nylon circle cut out around the dough ball. You can attach the nylon to the hook or use a heavy tie to tie off the nylon and hook that to the hook. This method has proved to work very well. You could buy a pouch at your local sporting goods store, but why spend money when you can recycle old nylons. Now, I must stress that you will not just go into your wives or girlfriends drawers and take the first pair that you see. You must ask if she has any old pairs that she could part with. You will learn the hard way if you just take any old pair. Ask first and avoid any unnecessary complications later. The dough bait that you make should be very hard in the first place, but I have already had some just drop off the hook so I started using this method and have not lost the dough bait since. It work great and the fish are none the wiser. They will eat anything.


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow catfish fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on catfish fishing since 2004.

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