So you want to catch some monster cats? Catfish eat much of everything that’s meat. They also are a nocturnal fish. So, if you want the best chance of catching some big ones, go at night. Now you have to think about what they like to eat. Their list of bait is long and fairly easy to get a hold of, so be happy about that.
Shad are a very silver and shiny baitfish. On top of that, they stink like you couldn’t imagine. This makes them very visible, easy to smell, and all the easier for the catfish to find. This makes them coveted catfish bait. Frozen shad is good, fresh shad is better.
Bluegills are a pan fish, and many pan fish are used for bait. In particular the Bluegill are good bait. If you use the head, their shiny eyes reflect in the often-murky water. That’s why many master cat fishermen will use the head, but the body cuts are just as good.
White Perch are basically a mini white bass, which catfish like as well, and more often than not white perch are easy to get a hold of. They are overpopulating many of the lakes that they live in. So go nuts. Bag them, freeze them, eat them, there are enough for everyone.
This is an old favorite, and it works great. There’s always a little blood on that liver so the catfish can smell it fairly well, and it must be tasty because they eat it up like crazy.
Chubs are a lot like a minnow. They’re small and cylindrical. But they’re quite a bit bigger than minnows. The only problem is you might have a little trouble being able to find them. You might have some luck in a small channel in a river. Most people that use chubs have a spot that they know chubs live in.
This one is easy. If you know someone that slaughters livestock you could probably get some blood from him or her. Then all you have to do is put the blood in a pan and let it sit until it coagulates. Then cut it into cubes and throw it on a hook. It’s easy as that.
Enjoy fishing for the big cats. I also might add that using blood spray on any of these baits is a great way to help land a monster. Happy fishing!