How To Make Catfish Bait: My Grandfather’s Recipe

The Best Homemade Catfish Bait Recipe

Catfish Bait

My father taught me this recipe.

He got it from his dad.

And I’ve been using it ever since to catch some of the best catfish in my area.

The recipe I’m going to share is a sink bait recipe.

Stink bait recipes are ideal because everyone’s favorite fish seems attracted to them.

Making catfish bait typically involves the mixing of several unrelated products.

So, yes, it’s supposed to smell awful.

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So, let’s get to it.

Here are the things you’ll need to make some catfish bait:

  • 1 1/2 c. Livers (Chicken, Deer, Cow, whatever you have)
  • 1/4 c. Flour
  • 2-3 T. Garlic Salt
  • 1 Sardine & 2 T. Sardine Oil (from the can)
  • 2 tsp Strawberry Jello
  • 1 egg

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You should blend the liver until it becomes a liquid.

Then empty it into a clean PLASTIC peanut butter jar and add the remaining ingredients.

Stir well until thick.


Do NOT open indoors.

You should allow the bait to sit for at least forty-eight hours.

Remember, the rawer, the better.

I love the above recipe for its simplicity, and it does its job of catching plenty of fish.

However, if you prefer a cheese-based sink bait, I would suggest this next one:

↓ How To Make Stink Bait For Catfish With Cheese ↓

Things you’ll need:

  • Mason jar (any old empty jar will do)
  • 1lb of cheese spread. (The type doesn’t matter, but the cheaper, the better, right?)
  • 8 oz. of beef blood
  • 1 container of minced garlic
  • Sawdust
  • Sponge
  • Popsicle stick
  • An out-of-the-way place allows it to ripen

Allow the cheese to warm up for a few minutes in the sun.

Mix the cheese, blood, and garlic into the jar and stir until it’s evenly dispersed and there are no big chunks.

Add some of the sawdust to thicken the paste that you have just made.

Add a small amount at a time.

It’s important to avoid big clumps.

You want to add enough sawdust to make it tacky, like the look of good oatmeal.

Once you have the right consistency, seal the cap on the jar and set it out in an area with plenty of sunlight.

Ideally, you want to allow it to sit for a minimum of a week, but the longer, the better.

Some of the biggest catfish I ever caught involved bait that had sat in the sun for three months.

So there, you have it.

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Making catfish bait might not be something you can put on your resume, but it’s in no way a skill that won’t come in handy.

Set your alarm, have that boat ready, and enjoy the peacefulness the lake gives off in the early morning.

That is, until the fish start biting.

Because they don’t stand a chance now that you know how to make catfish bait.

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