I've tried the bacon before with some success on channels. I cut the strips in 1/4 lengths and rolled em up and put em on a circle hook while drift fishing. The key is to warm them up the microwave in a ziploc bag, just enough to get the grease starting to come out of them. You can also leave the bag sit out a bit in the sun on warmer days to really get the grease going. :0a26:
I kinda like my bacon surrounded by eggs, if not that, then on two slices of bread with mayonaisse. LOL
Bacon works really good as bait, it does on me anyway, I smell it cooking and I come a runnin.. lol.
I have used it as bait for crawdads, then used them for cats, but never outright used bacon as catfish bait.
Just thought I would put in my 2 cents worth.....lol
I generally use 5/0 kahle hooks for rod & reel fishing. When baiting with bacon, I lay out a strip and cut it into 1" to 1 1/2" lengths, depending on the width of the strip. Then I simply thread it onto the hook. I wasn't sure just how well it would stay on the hook, and I was very surprised that it not only stayed on, but was actually moderately difficult to get off the hook. I cut salt pork into 1/2" cubes and run the hook through the toughest part. Don't know that I've ever had salt pork come off the hook till I took it off.
Don't know about cats liking bacon, but I sure love it. I also know somebody that used to use a fishing pole and a hook with bacon on it and lower it down into crawdad holes to catch some poor mans lobster for his gumbo he made.