There are many recipes for making bait for different types of fish, and here are some samples of handmade fishing bait recipes.
Catch The Big Monster Catfish using the right bait
If you are a novice fisherman who is looking to be a fishing hobbyist, catfishing will give you more excitement than fishing for any other kind of fish. The most important aspect of catfishing is picking the right kind of bait. Most anglers follow one of the two bait techniques for catching catfish. They either use stink baits or they use live bait.
Some anglers use chumming to attract cats. They spread animal blood or dog food around their boat to call more cats to feed in that area. Chumming usually helps bring in a bigger catfish. You can spread corn flakes or oatmeal around your boat as well.
Catfish can grow to be enormous; some catfish have been known to be over a hundred pounds. When you haul in a cat, expect a fight. And you can also expect to go home with aching arms. If you are only fishing for sport, do release some of the critters; these cats can mate with other healthy specimen and can help improve the gene pool. Circle hooks are best for catch and release.
Adherents of the stink bait technique use stench of the bait to catch catfish. They dip their perforated lures in a stinky dip to attract the catfish. These anglers prepare their own baits or buy prepared baits at the fishing equipment store. Every angler I know has at least one favorite catfish recipe that helped him snag his biggest catch. So the experienced anglers experiment with smelly stuff like chicken liver, pungent smelling cheese like Limburger, mincemeat, garlic, rotting meat of every variety, and even ivory soap. Some anglers prepare dips of the blends of some of the above materials and dip their lures or sponges in them to make smelly baits. You can make your own catfish recipe when you go fishing; mine is chicken liver dipped in Limburger cheese.
The other kind of bait the anglers use most often is live bait or fish bait. The anglers bait a live fish like a bluegill, a shad, or even a gold-fish just below their dorsal fins and dip their rods in the pond or river to catch catfish. This type of baiting usually works for larger catfish like blues cat who can weigh up to 70 pounds and Flathead that can weigh up to 120 pounds. You can also use cut up chunks of shades, anchovies, bluegills, or shrimp as bait. Some anglers dip their cut bait in stink bait dips to make their bait more interesting to the catfish.
Catfishes usually scavenge for food but are excellent predators too. A seasoned fishermen therefore, uses both the techniques listed above to bait them. The larger catfish are usually predatory and therefore prefer fresh bait to stink baits. There are of course exceptions to this rule and some anglers have caught monster catfish with fly fishing lures. Some people have even caught catfish with their shiny bass fishing lures. This also goes to show that fishing techniques are important, but so is improvisation.
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