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Discussion in 'Channel Catfish' started by badcat, Jun 14, 2006.
has anyone heard of using ivory soup for bait?
search around there are several threads dealing with different types of baits and Ivory soap always comes up. From what I've read most of the use is on trotlines.
I've heard of people using certain kinds of soap for bait but never tried it myself.
I have used soap as bait but never had any luck with it so I stopped using it.
i too have tried using ivory soap as bait here in some local lakes with lots of channels, with no luck. seems like it would be a good bait though, stays on the hook well.
When my father and I were commercial fishing back in the 50's & 60's we used to use soap on our trot lines once in a while when we couldn't get any other type of bait or we needed some quick bait. We never used ivory soap, we used a soap called blue barrel soap. I don't believe they make blue barrel anymore. We used to catch fish on it but as a general rule they were smaller fish. Another downside to using soap for bait is it will dull your hooks pretty quickly. I've never tried using soap since I started rod & reel fishing. One thing about using soap for bait,if you catch a fish it will have a clean mouth!(LOL)
If you use soap do you still have to clean them?
15 years ago we ran trotlines with it never tried it on r/r but worked well on the trot
Tried it last year with no luck on rod and reel. Although I didnt use it for a long time i did use it 3-4 times no luck. I quickly gave it up. I still have the soap cut in chunks maybe ill give it another shot. As I understand this is slow bait meaning for trotline or on a rod holder with a few hours to kill.
I have never personally tried soap but Zote Soap from mexico is supposed to work great for all kinds of catfish
Tried some catfish soap bait made in Saginaw Texas.Didnt have any luck but didnt give it much of a chance.Been meaning to try it again.
ask Diodeman..he seems to know all...very smart catfisher.:cool2:
ive used soap multiple timez with no luck, but i have caught a small channel on a piece of flavored gum.lol
I've used soap once this summer and had pretty good luck. I caught a bunch of nice size eater channels. A couple of them almost stole my rod and holder. They loved it.
A lot of people here in East Texas use the Zote soap with good results. Last year I made my own "lye" soap rendering down beef fat, adding the lye and anise oil. Apparently catfish like licorice because I tore them up on both rod and reel and my trotlines.--works really good on jug lines, too.
I have heard that ivory soap works on trot and bank lines although I have no first hand experience with this.