Chicken liver in stockings

Discussion in 'Catfishing Baits' started by proughman, May 30, 2006.

  1. proughman

    proughman New Member

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    Has anyone had luck putting chicken liver into stockings to keep them on the hook? If so will catfish bite on them?
     
  2. AllenM

    AllenM Guest

    Tried it and it works, but it's a pain in the butt. I just buy that red elestic string they sell at Walmart. Pretty cheap and effective. Just bait your hook, wrap the shack a time or three, wrap it around the liver 8 or 10 times, then around the shank 4 or 5 more times and break it off. It's a lot easier to clear a hook to reload than trying to cut off that nylon bag.
     

  3. rebcatman

    rebcatman New Member

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    I have never tried it, because it does seem to be too much of a hassle. I just use a single hook, and make sure to run it through the liver a couple of times, and never have a problem unless I really whip the rod forward while casting. I use either a couple of split shots, or a small bell sinker plus the weight of the liver will also help you cast and also keep it on the bottom.
     
  4. tatersalad

    tatersalad New Member

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    I have tried the stockings, not sure it's worth the trouble. I have had the best luck changing the liver after 20-30 minutes anyway, and the stocking makes that a pain. I rig mine like rebcatman, though with a bigger sinker. Thread the liver on like a live worm, and you won't have many problems, just be gentle on the cast.

    good luck!
     
  5. Deltalover

    Deltalover New Member

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    I think keeping your liver fresh and on ice, is the key! Nylons, thread, cheese cloth all work, but are messy and time consuming! Fresh liver, cut with a sharp knife, and a little finesse on your cast works best, I think!
     
  6. Scott Daw

    Scott Daw New Member

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    I did for the first time on sunday and man what a difference. just make sure the hooks large enough to come out and hook the fish.
     
  7. PapaBear6801

    PapaBear6801 New Member

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    I've never tried stockings to keep the liver on. I usually just try to thread the liver on the hook and be easy with the cast. Put too much muscle into your cast and you'll let the liver fly! :eek:oooh:
     
  8. Flatheadhunter33

    Flatheadhunter33 New Member

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    Tried it once and got in whole lot of trouble with the wife!!!! Didnt even get a bite that night so it really wasnt worth the hassle! :big_smile:
     
  9. tbartek

    tbartek New Member Supporting Member

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    hey proughman, be sure to clear it with the wife or you'll be forced to endure a shopping excursion to replace them LOL:lol:
     
  10. Dreadnaught

    Dreadnaught New Member

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    DH, swears by this method, He uses nylons but they ain't for livers, LOL!!!

    OOOOPS!!! Did I say that, LMAO!!!
     
  11. borntocatfish

    borntocatfish New Member

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    it works if you have trouble with it depends on how much trouble you are willing to do use needle and thread it though the eye hook
    but for myself I just use treble hooks.
     
  12. BigCatDreaming

    BigCatDreaming New Member

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    Just tie your liver on with some extra fishing line, and although it might be better for your stomach an gag reflex to keep the livers fresh, fish will still bite on them rotten
     
  13. jerellman

    jerellman New Member

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    It works but i have only 1 thing to tell you. DO NOT use used/worn stockings.
     
  14. tbartek

    tbartek New Member Supporting Member

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    uh oh, looks like you left the catfisherman out of the bag. Or is that closet? LOL:big_smile:
     
  15. buddah

    buddah New Member

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    I have allright luck using cheese cloth but those Wal-Mart things may be the ticket!
    The "stocking" or cheesecloth baits I usually make a few and bundle em' all up in a bag before I go to the river. Just alot easier to deal with all the mess.
     
  16. cornbreadnky

    cornbreadnky New Member

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    I know alot of guys who have tryed the stockings but i am finding out the dept of wildlife is starting to outlaw stockings.... they have found that the fish that get away or have been released are dieing.... not a good thing...you might want to check with local GW to check on the law in your state.... be safe and good fishing
     
  17. LarryE

    LarryE New Member

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    cut them into chunks with sharp scissors instead of breaking them apart with your hands and they will stay on alot better..

    I guess pulling them apart stretches the membrane in them
     
  18. SFG

    SFG New Member

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    Just wrap from the eye to the barb and back with about 12 to 15 inches of cheap cotton sewing thread. Use sharp scissors to cut the livers which also help in removing the thread when you rebait. This method allows me to cast without worry of losing the bait, and helps to prevent the smaller fish from sucking the bait off the hook.
     
  19. dreamer34

    dreamer34 New Member

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    how about using really small rubber bands??
     
  20. buddah

    buddah New Member

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    A little cheesecloth goes a long way~ I like the thread idea but seems a bit too messy though. I may try it after reading about the health hazard to the fish. Can't have that!