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    Jay
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    Default Bar soap for catfish bait

    has anyone ever heard of useing bar soap to catch cats?


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    Mike DeVore
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    Yes. The soaps that I have heard of being used is zote soap and ivory soap. It has something to do with the fact that it is a natural soap made of animal fat. I have never used zote soap but have used ivory soap and have had some luck with it. It should be used on a trot line instead of reel and rod because it is a very slow bite it takes a while to release the scent into the water. I personally take 3/4 cups of water and a 1/4 cup of bacon grease and heat it up after it gets hot I add a 1/4 cup of sugar and 4 bars of cut up ivory soap. continually stir it around until it becomes almost an oatmeal consitency, I then take a couple of bread pans place tin foil on the inside pour the melted soap mix you just made into the bread pan so it is about 1/2 in thick and let it cool back to its normal consistency. After it hardens cut it with a cheese slicer or a piece of fishing line because if you use a knife it will chunk pieces off instead of a nice cut. The bacon grease and sugar seem to add a little something to the mix when using it. As for that you could probably experiment with your own ingredients adding different smells. But remember it is best used on a trot line and from what I know you should not use it on a small pond or lake because the soap residue stays in the water and can eventually harm the fish but it is ok in the river and in big lakes. God Bless and Good Fishin


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    Quote Originally Posted by bigmike
    Yes. The soaps that I have heard of being used is zote soap and ivory soap. It has something to do with the fact that it is a natural soap made of animal fat. I have never used zote soap but have used ivory soap and have had some luck with it. It should be used on a trot line instead of reel and rod because it is a very slow bite it takes a while to release the scent into the water. I personally take 3/4 cups of water and a 1/4 cup of bacon grease and heat it up after it gets hot I add a 1/4 cup of sugar and 4 bars of cut up ivory soap. continually stir it around until it becomes almost an oatmeal consitency, I then take a couple of bread pans place tin foil on the inside pour the melted soap mix you just made into the bread pan so it is about 1/2 in thick and let it cool back to its normal consistency. After it hardens cut it with a cheese slicer or a piece of fishing line because if you use a knife it will chunk pieces off instead of a nice cut. The bacon grease and sugar seem to add a little something to the mix when using it. As for that you could probably experiment with your own ingredients adding different smells. But remember it is best used on a trot line and from what I know you should not use it on a small pond or lake because the soap residue stays in the water and can eventually harm the fish but it is ok in the river and in big lakes. God Bless and Good Fishin

    Zote soap is soft enough to use just like it is. You can cut it wth a knife without it crumbling. I have very good luck with it just like it is, without adding anything to it. That's not to say that you might not have better luck adding something.

    You are correct about using it on trot lines, but you can also use it on jugs and limb lines. Like you mentioned it is a very slow bite bait but it works very well in the waters that I fish. You cant complain about the cost either as it's less than a dollar a bar.

    Things I like about Zote soap are:

    very cheap bait
    very clean bait
    Turtles and Gar don't like it
    Catfish love it

    What more can a man ask for, from a bait made from soap? Cut the bars up in chucks the same size, and you have enough from one bar, to bait two 25 hook trot lines.

    I have caught eaters from 1.5# to 9# on this bait. This is the size fish I go for anyway, so this soap is a win win situation for me....

    Just remember that not all baits work everywhere, what works in my waters might not work in your's...

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    I use about the same recipe as bud but on this next batch i'm going to add 9-10 drops of anise oil to see if that gets the scent going out faster.... You'll have good luck with that recipe.

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    the soap they sold at walmart never worked for me and i dought if bar soap will either. fish dont like lye

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    i made some soap bait like this. 1/2 cup of sugar and water and 4 bars of ivory. im going to try it tomorrow night ill post how i did with it

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    i had a few bites on it but they wouldnt take it i did catch 2 on chicken liver

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    I use a lot of Zote on jugs and trotlines. I catch only channel cat, and a few drum. No flatties, no blues. Ever. thats fishing darn near every weekend during spring, summer, and fall, for several years.

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    Mike aka Baldini
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    Ask for Anise extract and not Anus extract.You will be amazed at the response you get.Anus = ass,so beware

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    I'm going to have to take exception to the statement that turtles will not eat Zote soap. Mississippi River turtles love Zote soap. At least the ones in pool 26 do, I've been feeding them for a week now.:crazy:


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