Has anybody given these a try? I was going to pick up some livers at the store today and seen a 1lb package of hearts and gizzards for $.50. So I cut them up in chunks and im letting them soak in garlic powder over night. Im going to try them out and see how they work. One thing I noticed right away is that the meat is so much tougher and will stay on the hook alot better. So hopefully I can catch some cats with them:big_smile: . Of course if they arent hitting them at all, then i will change to crawlers or throw my net out and get some shad.
Never tried hearts, but I've tried gizzards alongside livers several times; the livers caught fish, the gizzards caught nothing.
If you're looking for a tough bait, try cutting up some salt pork into bait-sized pieces.
Tried to use gizzards and hearts along time ago and had zero luck. I had liver on the hooks in the same area as the other and caught fish all night long. I think the feel of the hearts and gizzards (kinda tuff) is not what the cats are looking for. I have recently been using turkey liver and I am doing well with them. They are larger than chicken liver and theystay on the hook better. I can launch them out about 50 feet into the river without slinging them off.
Ok Guys Hearts right from the store have been washed and will have no or very little blood on them. I use chicken and turkey hearts all the time and catch fish up to 50 lbs on them. You will need to add the hearts to some blood or chicken liver and let them soak. When they get blood in them again they are as good if not better then liver and they stay on the hooks great. Sometimes we catch 3 or 4 fish on the seem heart try that with liver.
I've tried them before, they stay on the hook real well, but...they don't have quite the scent or bloodyness that livers do, so your best bet is to soak them in something stinky like garlic powder or even add some extra blood in there and let them marinate.
Give that "chickenbait" to the dogs. Go to the fish market and get some fresh caught fish like Perch, Shad, Mackeral, Bass and chop it up, put it on a hook and let em have it. The "filet mignon" of catfish bait. Or get a small gold spoon and jig for some fresh caught bait. Put a chunk on a 8/0 hook with a slip sinker, now your catching cats!
I have used chicken hearts and gizzards straight out of the package. They worked so good i caught 3 stringers full of cats. They are also good at ******** where you have to throw way out to get to the big fish.