Weird Baits For Catfish

I’m tired of getting just a few nibbles on nightcrawlers and shad. Do you know of any weird baits that attract catfish?

Actually, catfish more than any other fish that I know of love weird baits… the weirder the better! Catfish have an acute sense of smell, and that is why odd-ball baits work well for them. As a general rule, go with stinky bait. Ask around and you’ll hear all kinds of wild ideas, but here are some of the strangest ones I’ve heard… – Bacon. You can decide whether you want to fry it first or not. It’s smelly and greasy, and that’s probably why catfish go for it. – Lots of anglers use hot dogs, so why not throw some condiments on them? You can always experiment with ketchup, mustard (spicy brown would be my recommendation) or even pickle relish or onions. – Chewing gum. There is an old debate that rages among catfishers over this one. Some guys claim it works, others say it’s an old wives’ tale. – Soap. This is another one that people disagree on. I have heard that lava soap (with it’s strong odor) works particularly well. If you can just get it to stay on the hook, it might work! – Those tiny marshmallows that come in a big bag from the store. There’s no logic to this whatsoever, but I know somebody who swears by it. – A tiny slice of watermelon. Cut a little piece that’s just big enough to go on the end of your hook, work it on there just right, and toss it out. It might be the smell that attracts them; who knows? They’ll eat it seeds and all! Pretty much anything dead or alive has been used to catch catfish. Go for something stinky and see if it works!


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

One Response to “Weird Baits For Catfish”

  1. mario says:

    whens the best time to catch catfish. and when do they bite the most

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