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Chris, have you ever tried putting garlic salt on them, then drying them in the sun? Toughens them up quite a bit, also an effective bait.
Also, as Mike suggested, catch some shad, they're the "natural food" for Catfish.
Catfish bait is limited only to the imagination of the fisherman. Try microwaving those livers for a few seconds to toughen them. I prefer cut bait such as skipjack or shad for blues/channels. Its hard to beat bluegills for those flatheads.
Chicken livers are convenient and good for eater cats. Like Mickey said, doctor them up with garlic salt first. I like to cut fresh livers into bite sized pieces and layer them with plenty of garlic salt between layers. They are nasty, but work well.
Chicken livers are mainly for channels. I myself use them for channels. I basiclly do what everyone else doesut them in garlic salt. Cut baits like freshly cut shad and bluegill are the best bait for flatheads and blues.
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Chris, welcome to the BOC/SOC :cool2:, best catfishing site on the web! Be sure to check out the library, a lot of good info in there.
My favorite bait is skip jack, fresh or frozen, fished cut or whole. 2nd favorite would be fresh caught shad, fished cut, whole or live. 3rd would be Danny Kings punch bait. That's my main three but as mentioned above, the only limitation to your bait is your imagination. Truth be known probably still been more fish caught on a gob of worms over the years than any other bait.
Chicken liver = turtles.
Use something native to the water you are fishing. Make sure your bait is fresh.. And I am not exactly sure what type of catfish we are talking about going after here but, for flatheads, I use mostly live bait.
Welcome to the BOC, Chris. Don't know what waters you fish, but on most waters in Arkansas, skipjack or fresh shad will work best about 98% of the time. Only on rare occasions have I seen other baits such as fresh or cured chicken liver, bacon, salt pork, or chitlings outproduce them.
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I use chicken livers but to tell the truth I have better luck with dip baits.
I'm gonna try shad this year. Most guys here seem to like live bait better than all other. I'm still learnin so I'm gonna try it.
best of luck
i like to use chicken livers. if you will wrap them in some cheese cloth, it will stay on longer and is easier to get off the hook than pantyhose. i would also suggest you seriously look at starting to use cut bait and live bait. cut shad and bluegill are awesome baits, and alot of times your bigger fish will be caught on cut or live bait.
We use Rooster Livers here. Tough as nails you can not throw them off a hook. And we catch 90% blues with them.
Also add Garlic powder to them at times or Red Food Coloring.
Also theres days that livers will out produce cut shipjack or live bait.