To catch a really big catfish, the best kind of bait to use is whatever the catfish feed on naturally. Most types of catfish are omnivorous and scavengers, devouring a variety of food items. Anglers use many different types of bait to attract these fish. Some of the more frequently used types of cat-fishing bait are: live perch, shad, craw fish, worms, minnows, grasshoppers, chicken liver, stink baits, night crawlers, marshmallows, and small frogs. In general, using live bait is preferable. And since catfish possess a strong sense of smell, use smelly baits as well.
A lot of anglers use worms for cat-fishing. Most people dig their own garden worms or buy night crawlers to catch catfish because they’re easy to find just about anywhere. Catfish like worms. You’ll find mini crawlers in bait shops, but you’ll have to dig up garden worms yourself.
Shrimp or small prawns is another favorite catfish bait. Norwegian Prawns for example are really big but just cut the in half. It is better to use the prawn without the shells. You can use them with the shell attached but don”t recommend it. You can purchase either frozen or fresh shrimp at your local sea food market. To get them smelly just soak the shrimps or prawns in some fish oil.
Don’t always buy your bait, homemade bait will do very nicely for cat-fishing. Sometimes even better. Add a few spoonfuls of peanut butter to some crushed corn flakes or frosted flakes, and mix it all together. Try this homemade recipe and you will see it will attract the fish. The smaller fish can’t get it of the hook because it is nice and sticky. Use sweet corn instead of cornflakes. Because the corn is sticky you can l put a few pieces like that on each point of the treble hood. Wrap a piece of bread ball around it to cover the hook. The sweet smell will be released, attracting the catfish. The beauty of doing it this way that the smaller fish are not able to eat this bait . The bread helps to catch those hook-shy fish that have gotten away from too much catch and release. Cheese is one of the easy things to use as bait and catfish really love cheese.
Making your homemade recepies is a question of using your imagination and then becomes fun to think of other recepies. With their weak eyesight, catfish use their strong nose to help them locate and catch their prey. To sum up the smellier the better. Catfish are not picky eaters, so it’s easy to make your own homemade catfish bait that will attract the hungry fish to your line.