Does spam work as catfishing Bait?

Discussion in 'Catfishing Baits' started by katlover, Jan 30, 2006.

  1. katlover

    katlover New Member

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    how well does spam work as catfish bait? ever try doughballs with bacon grease? I have no success. probably cause i was in my "lets tie the hook to the bobber" phase instead of using a slip not rig. anyways how about spam or any other canned foods?
    thanks
     
  2. Mark J

    Mark J New Member

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    I doubt spam would be the best bait but if they are biting good they'll hit most anything. I sttod on the bank of Jordan lake one lazy afternoon and stocked my freezer with channel cat fillets using live crickets and a cork.
    Its not my bait of choice but it worked that day.
    Most times when I channel fish I use a variety of baits and not any one thing.
    My personal favorite for my type of channel fishing is jumbo shrimp (fresh) whole still in the shell on a 3/0 hook but I always have an assortment of bait like chicken livers or hearts and large bass minnows.
    The minnows I'll fish live at times other times I'll mash them with my fingers killing them and making the juices run out.
     

  3. three_rivers

    three_rivers New Member

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    I've always tried to stay closer to the food chain. Skipjack, bluegills, shad, etc., etc, etc. Although the arkansas record blue of 116 pounds was caught on a big chunk of spam. That was the first and only time i ever heard of someone using it for bait.
     
  4. metalman

    metalman Well-Known Member

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    As Mark said, if they are biting you can catch them on most anything. I have caught cats on spam when carp fishing. Carp love the stuff so be warned!...W
     
  5. chubbahead

    chubbahead Member

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    I have caught many channels on spam. It is usually after I've run out of cut bat, shrimp, or hamburger and parmasian though.
     
  6. Nobody Special

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    Spam for bait goes back many years. I remember my father using it on trotlines over 40 years ago. I have also used it and it does catch fish. It doesn't stay on the hook as good as some other baits though. Smaller fish will peck it off too. Especially bluegills.
     
  7. warcraft1975

    warcraft1975 New Member

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    hey our old state record blue was nailed on spam so it cant make that bad of a bait!!! plus if you dont cacth anything you could have lunch
     
  8. Mutt

    Mutt Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    ive caught cats on spam (only thing its good for in my opinion lol) and them little vienna sausages.
     
  9. 1stpalindrone

    1stpalindrone New Member

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    Well, never tried Spam but when all else failed one night-cat outing I pulled a normal beef hotdog off the grill and threw it out. We had 2 cats on the stringer using maybe 5 diff specialty cat baits and when we left we had almost twenty. All on grilled hotdogs. :rolleyes:

    Lucas
     
  10. Mutt

    Mutt Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    were they nathens hotdogs??? lol love them
     
  11. Fatkat

    Fatkat New Member

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    Ask DH, I hear that Spam is his secret weapon! :D lol
     
  12. Slimer13

    Slimer13 New Member

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    If you run out of bait, Stick a hunk of summer sausage on there. I have caught some some nice cats off of my lunch.:)

    Spam falls in a close second.
     
  13. loanwizard

    loanwizard Well-Known Member

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    I thought spam was the junk mail I receive on the computer! How would you hook that? Pretty smelly stuff for the most part though. I can see the market... Viagratype spam, business opportunity spam, weight loss spam, help me in Nigeria and make 25 million spam, the list is endless!
     
  14. bill_gfish

    bill_gfish New Member

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    mmmmm fried crisp spam samich! with cheese, onion and mustard. Tried it once fir bait and it flew off everytime I would cast so I ate the rest.
     
  15. dinkbuster1

    dinkbuster1 New Member

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    spam was a very good channel, blue, and carp bait when i used to fish those "private lakes". it was hard to keep on the hook but i used to keep it chilled so it wouldnt fly off when i casted it out. i wouldnt even try to use it anwhere there was current, it would get ripped right off the hook. i rarely ever used it because for every peice i used i ate two!:D
     
  16. Katmaster Jr.

    Katmaster Jr. New Member

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    I know I wouldnt go out expecting to catch a big fish on spam, I like to stick to natural bait.:) But hey, it does catch some.
     
  17. BigCatSteve

    BigCatSteve New Member

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    I have used spam in small ponds and lake and had good days and bad days with it,i do the best fishing with a bobber,try dipping it in garlic powder aswell
     
  18. Itch2Scratch

    Itch2Scratch New Member

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    Nothin quite like being able to carry your lunch and bait in the same bag when you have to walk in...LOL
     
  19. Flamekeeper

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    Growing up down in Louisville Ky, My brothers and myself would walk down Northwestern Pkway to McAlpine Locks and Dam,with zipco 202's, 33's and Mitchell spinning reels in hand,4or 5 stringers and 2 or 3 cans of spam.

    We walked across the draw bridge and follow a path down behind the walls,at the base of the walls there is a concrete slab that extends out about4-5'( Part of the foundations I guess ).that we would walk out on and wait for the water to discharge from the locks.

    During that time we set up right above the discharging water,we cut the spam into 1' cubes and we loaded our weapons, #2-3 J hooks with a splitshot or two 14-16 " up the line.

    When that water stopped flowing ,The battle was on ,we would just pitch out 10-15' if that.And we would have to fish with one pole at a time when they started biting,they came in so fast to feed on anything that flowed from the locks we had our stringers full of 15-20 fat channels in 1 or 2 discharges of the dam, if not more than that some times we went . We would pack up and take the fish home and throw'em in a tub.

    We went every chance we could and caught the fish the same Bait Spam, I might just go down there this spring just to see if I can get back down there to fish..

    I pretty sure that Doc, said the coast gaurd will not let you get near it now with a boat. So they might not allow it,but its worth a try.:)

    Good Luck with it , Try the runoffs,and inlets.
     
  20. Flamekeeper

    Flamekeeper New Member

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    GROCERY STORE BAITS
    As their name implies, grocery store baits can be purchased at your local supermarket.

    Take Hormel Spam, for example. On Aug. 3, 2001, Charles Ashley Jr. of Marion, Arkansas, used a chunk of this spicy canned meat to catch a 116-pound, 12-ounce blue cat in the Mississippi River at West Memphis - the world record by rod and reel at the time.

    When I asked Ashley what had convinced him that Spam might catch catfish, he seemed astounded.

    "I thought everybody used it," he replied. "My father used Spam for catfish bait, and so did my grandfather. I rarely use anything else." (Word has it there was a shortage of Spam in east Arkansas and West Tennessee for months after Ashley landed his record fish.)