JTrew's Prepared Baits

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  1. Whistler

    Whistler Well-Known Member

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    Original post made by Jerry Trew(Jtrew) on December 3, 2002


    Introduction

    PREPARED BAITS


    This is my attempt to list every recipe I've ever heard of for making your own catfish bait. I did not develop these recipes; I have simply gathered then here, there, and everywhere. So, if you see a familiar recipe, feel free to let us know that it originally came from you, and I apologize for not being able to give proper credit for each and every one of these recipes. I have sorted them into the following categories:

    Cereal : If it contains breakfast cereal, it's in this category, even though it may contain ingredients that normally would cause it to be in another category (such as cheese).

    Cheese : Primary ingredient is cheese, and isn't in either the cereal or doughball category.

    Doughball : If it's designed to be formed around a hook, it's a doughball.

    Liver : Chicken, pork, beef, or whatever, unless it's ground up as an ingredient of some other type bait. The liver can be treated in any manner whatsoever, as long as only the liver is going on the hook.

    Dip/Sponge/Punch Bait : I think it's pretty obvious what constitute dip and sponge baits, but punch baits are thick baits similar to doughballs, except that you don't use your fingers to form a ball on the hook, but rather use a stick to 'punch' the hook down into the bait so that when you remove the hook, the bait sticks to the hook. Generally contains some kind of fiber such as cattail or cotton.

    Misc. : If I couldn't think of a category for these, or if there weren't enough recipes to warrant a separate category, I put them in here.




    CEREAL BAITS


    While a specific brand of cereal is often specified, you may want to experiment with using some other brand or type of cereal. For instance, I've heard that cornflakes aren't as chunky, and make a better doughball than Wheaties.


    Wheaties
    Raw hamburger (cheap stuff)
    Garlic salt
    Water (or strawberry soda)
    Crush Wheaties as fine as possible. Mix equal parts of Wheaties and hamburger, adding just enough water to make a very firm ball. Mix in some (or a lot) of garlic powder. Now it's ready to mold onto the hook.
    IDEAS: Try using anise instead of garlic. Since cats also seem to like salt, try adding some non-iodized salt to the mix. If you make the balls up ahead of time, you may want to roll the balls in salt and/or garlic powder to have the coating on the outside, so that it dissolves faster. One report I have says that the more hamburger in the mix, the more cats; the more cereal, the more carp.


    Cornflakes
    Limburger cheese
    Water
    Crush cornflakes and mix with limburger cheese, adding just enough water to make a very firm ball.


    Cornflakes
    Big red soda (or substitute, such as strawberry-banana koolade)
    Oatmeal
    egg
    Flour
    Water
    Crush cornflakes. Grind oatmeal into coarse powder. Mix cornflakes, soda, 1 egg, and oatmeal in a big bowl, then start adding flour until it becomes very firm.


    1 1/2 cups of cornflakes, Wheaties, or any other flake-type cereal
    1 cup creamy peanut butter
    about 4 tablespoons of any sweet syrup, such as karo, strawberry, or whatever you like
    3 slices of American cheese
    Mix cereal, peanut butter, and cheese together, adding syrup as needed to make a very firm ball.

    1/2 box Life cereal
    1# of chicken livers
    1# limburger cheese
    water
    Chop or process livers into small bits. Crush cereal. Mix cereal, livers, cheese, adding just enough water to be able to form into firm, bait-sized balls. You may (or not) want to air-dry them in the sun for several hours (or use a dehydrator) to make them stay on the hook better.


    1# hamburger (cheap stuff)
    2 cups Wheaties
    1/2 jar of strawberry jelly
    flour
    Crush Wheaties. Mix Wheaties and hamburger, then add jelly. Add flour and mix well to get the stiffness you want.


    Flour
    Cinnamon
    Cornflakes
    Sardines in oil
    Water
    Crush cornflakes. Mix flour and water to make a paste (roughly equal parts of paste & cornflakes). Add cornflakes and cinnamon to paste. Add sardines, along with the oil they were packed in. If necessary, add flour to make a tight mix that will stay on the hook.


    Wheaties (or other flake cereal)
    Garlic powder
    Strawberry syrup
    Peanut butter (creamy)
    Cream style corn (optional)
    Crush cereal, then mix ingredients to make a very firm ball.


    Bran flakes
    Chicken liver
    Loaf of bread
    Big red soda (or substitute)
    Crush cereal. Chop liver into fine bits. Mix cereal, liver, bread, and soda, then let it set in the sun for several days until the liver spoils. It should make a very firm ball, so if necessary, add some more bread and/or cereal.


    4# hamburger (cheap stuff)
    1 can baby formula
    1 box cornflakes
    1 pkg cream cheese
    oatmeal
    Let hamburger set in shade for several days. Crush cereal. Mix formula and cream cheese (blender works good for this), then add to hamburger and mix well. Add cereal. You may need to add some oatmeal so that it will stay on the hook.


    1 cup Wheaties, crushed
    2 tablespoons sardine oil
    1 tablespoon shrimp paste
    1 cup milk
    1 pkg cheese powder from pkg of macaroni & cheese
    limburger cheese in small pieces
    goldfish food
    flour
    Mix, put in container outside in sunlight for several days. Then, if necessary, add some more flour to make a very firm ball.


    Cornflakes (crushed)
    Chicken liver
    Cornmeal
    Flour
    Grind the chicken liver. Mix with cereal, cornmeal, and flour, using blood from livers as a thinner. Should be a very firm ball. Store in Ziploc bag overnight.


    1 box (20 oz) bran flakes (crushed)
    1 pkg cherry koolade
    4 oz cheddar cheese, grated
    4 oz honey
    3 cups flour
    3 tablespoons garlic powder
    1 tablespoon anise
    2 cups water
    Put cheese, koolade, and 1 cup water into blender until well mixed and all lumps disappear. Pour into bowl and add cereal, most of the flour, garlic powder, honey, anise, and enough water to make a very firm ball. Roll into bait-sized balls, then roll in flour to coat them. Store in Ziploc bag. Will keep a long time if kept cool, or you can freeze it.


    1 box of Wheaties or bran flakes, crushed
    1 pkg American cheese
    4 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese
    2 tablespoons of garlic powder
    1 egg
    1 pkg of sharp cheddar (12 oz)
    Shred cheddar cheese. Mix cheddar and American cheeses with egg until fairly smooth. Add other ingredients and mash together to make a firm ball.


    Bran flakes, crushed
    Bread
    Big red soda (or other strawberry soda, or strawberry-banana koolade)
    Chicken livers, ground or minced very fine
    Squeezable cheese spread
    Mix the cereal, bread, cheese spread, and chicken livers, adding soda until you have a very firm ball.


    2 cups beef blood
    1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
    1 can seafood flavored cat food
    2 cups cornflakes
    flour
    Crush cornflakes, and mix with blood cheese, and cat food. Add flour till it forms a very firm ball.


    10# crawfish, chopped fairly fine
    8 cans tuna, or seafood flavored catfood
    3# beef liver, ground
    3 cans sweet corn
    1 can grated Parmesan cheese
    1 cup bacon grease (fairly fresh)
    several cloves of garlic, minced; or several tablespoons of garlic powder
    1 box cornflakes, crushed
    flour
    Mix all ingredients except flour, then add flour to make a ball. Set it out in the sun for a week or so. Use hose to keep it on your hook.


    Mix 1 box bran cereal, 1# ground (or pureed) chicken livers, 1 tube squeezable cheese spread with enough Big Red soda to get the stiffness you want.


    Mix 2 ounces of strawberry soda, 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract, and 1# of marshmallows. Add wheaties or cornflakes till you get the stiffness you want (probably about 11/2 boxes). If you get it too dry, it won't stay on the hook. Use a hook with a spring on it, or use loofa to hold the bait.




    CHEESE BAITS


    While cheese is often a main ingredient of dip, punch, or doughball baits, I was unable to find very many cheese baits that didn't fall into one of those categories, which are listed elsewhere.


    Cheddar cheese is an excellent bait, but is even worse than soap about breaking when you try to put it on the hook. Here are a couple of methods that will solve that problem. First, have the cheese at room temperature, or even a little above. Use a wire-type cheese cutter to cut it into the size baits you want. You can then put the baits into the microwave for 3 or 4 seconds to make it even softer, then stick the eye of the hook through the bait. This method requires that you have a loop or snap swivel at the end of your line so that you can attach the hook without having to tie it. The method I prefer is to use a drill bit to drill a hole in the bait right after cutting it up (no microwave), turning the bit with my fingers. The drill bit should be just large enough that the barb cuts a groove as you put the bait on the hook, so that it doesn't float off.


    Carefully heat a couple of pounds of cheese (or cheese scraps) until it is thoroughly melted. Do not skim off any oil on top; try to mix it in as much as possible. Add 4 or 5 tablespoons of honey and continue stirring until well mixed. (You can experiment by substituting some other sweet syrup for the honey, and/or add other ingredients.) Cut up a 1/4" sponge or loofa into bait-sized pieces and place the pieces in the mixture. Squish them a little to help them absorb as much as possible, turn them over, and squish them again. Lay the sponges on a piece of tinfoil and let cool. Store in a Ziploc bag.

    If you have some old, unused plastic ice trays, try putting the sponge/loofa baits into the ice cube compartments (one bait to each compartment) to cool down. You could even add a little more cheese/honey mix without it running off the bait. When cool, remove and let air-dry for a while before putting into Ziploc bag.
     
  2. Whistler

    Whistler Well-Known Member

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    Original post made by Jerry Trew(Jtrew) on December 3, 2002




    DOUGH(BALL) BAITS





    General Information :
    Doughballs are even more closely associated with carp than catfish, and many of these ingredients are attractive to both. Some of these baits will work very well with a single hook, but some will work much better on a treble hook. For you northern brothers, cornmeal is always yellow. I don't even know anybody that will feed the white stuff to the chickens. Cornmeal doughbaits can be kept in the fridge for only a couple or three weeks, but don't ever try to freeze them, or they will become wet and crumbly. A particular type of hard doughball, called 'boilies are basically made by substituting eggs for the water in any recipe that calls for boiling the doughball. Salt should always be the non-iodized type, but the cheapest works as well as the most expensive.


    Heat a pint of milk till very hot, but not quite boiling. Add two tablespoons molasses or honey. Add 1/2 # of limburger cheese and stir till cheese is melted and well mixed. (If you shred or chop up the cheese into small pieces first, it will melt faster.) While continuing to stir, add oatmeal till thick. You should be able to make doughballs that will stay on the hook. If you have trouble adding enough oatmeal while stirring, you can remove the mix from the heat, let cool some, then mix in more oatmeal with your hands. Keep in a Ziploc bag.


    Melt 1/2 # of limburger cheese over medium heat. Stir until thoroughly melted, then remove from heat. Add finely ground oatmeal until the mixture is stiff enough to stay on a hook.

    Experiment by adding other (ground-up) ingredients such as liver, hog feed, calf starter, shad (or other baitfish).


    Fry some bacon till very crisp, but not burned. Grind, process, or mash the bacon into a coarse meal-like powder. Mix bacon, rye bread, and creamy peanut butter to form a firm ball. Should stay on a hook, but a piece of loofa works especially well.


    Mix 1/2 cup sugar with 1 1/2 cups blood and stir till sugar is dissolved. Add 2 cups corn meal and mix well. Add about 3 1/2 cups plain flour, 1/4 cup at a time, mixing well after each 1/4 cup is added.


    Grab a handful of instant oatmeal and dip in water. Squeeze until thick enough to make a ball that will stay on the hook. Once the ball is on the hook, you can either dip it into the attractant, or squirt the attractant onto the ball.
    Attractants: strawberry syrup; blood; anise; fish oil


    Mix 2 cans of mackerel cat food or 1 can of jack mackerel with a loaf of bread (or cornbread), and fish oil. Should make a firm ball. Make into bait-sized balls and freeze in Ziploc bag.


    Take the oil from canned tuna (or other fish oil) and add some finely ground spare fish parts. Make balls from bread and dip into mix. Don't let the bread soak up so much that it becomes soggy, or it won't stay on the hook. If it gets too soggy, mix it with more bread.


    Buy the cheapest canned biscuits you can find, open them, and let them set in the fridge for a couple of days. Roll them into bait-sized balls and put them on a hook.

    If you don't have luck with this, try adding an attractant. Once the ball is on the hook, you can either dip it into the attractant, or squirt the attractant onto the ball.
    Attractants: strawberry syrup; blood; anise; fish oil


    Mix 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup cornmeal, 1/4- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, 2 tablespoons garlic powder, then add just enough water to make a firm ball that will stay on a treble hook.


    Mix 2 cups flour and 2 cups cotton seed meal. Add 1 can cheddar cheese soup, 2 tablespoons pancake syrup, and 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (or fish oil). Add a little flour or oil if necessary to make a firm ball. Store in Ziploc bag in fridge.


    Mix 1 cup flour and 1 cup cornmeal. Mix 1/4 teaspoon anise oil with 1 tin of sardines packed in oil. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl, then slowly add water till a bread-like dough is formed. Let the dough rest. Boil a quart or so of water in a shallow pan. Form the dough into bait-sized balls (grape to golf ball sized) and drop into boiling water for 3 minutes. Remove and cool.


    Bring 1 pint whole mild to a boil over medium heat and add 1/2 tablespoon salt. Slowly add cornmeal until mixture is thick, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add more cornmeal until mixture is thick enough to stay on a hook. Let is age in a warm place till it smells sour (week or so).


    This is best done out of doors, as some people feel the odor is not only strong, but objectionable. In an old blender or food processor, liquefy the following: 30-50 rotten, slimy nightcrawlers; 1 # beef (or chicken) liver; 1/2 pint sour cream; 2 tablespoons garlic powder. Thaw out a loaf of frozen bread dough. Put on some rubber gloves, and mix the liquid from the blender with the bread dough, folding and kneading it just as you would any bread dough. Add extra flour as needed to make the dough as firm as you want. Store in one or more Ziploc bags at room temperature for a couple of days, but be sure to allow plenty of room for expansion. It's a good idea to keep an eye on the bags to let the air out when necessary. Use a single or treble hook with a spring on it, or use loofa to hold the dough.


    Prepare 1 box of Jell-O (cherry, strawberry, or strawberry-banana) using the instructions on the box. Once it has come to a boil, add 1/4 cup molasses. Add cornmeal till it is as thick as you want. Store fist-sized chunks of the dough in Ziploc bags.


    Mix 1 1/2 cup cornmeal, 3 tablespoons maple syrup, 3 tablespoons honey, 3 tablespoons dark Kayro syrup, and 3 tablespoons of molasses. Continue to mix, adding flour till it is as firm as you want. Let it set in the fridge overnight, then store in a Ziploc bag.


    Finely chop 1 hotdog and 2 slices of cheese, then add 3/4 cup of water (or put all three into blender or food processor). Put mix into bowl, and start adding flour (about 2 cups) until it is as stiff as you want. Store in Ziploc bag in fridge.


    In a plastic bucket outside, mix the following: 2 cans of fishy cat food; a couple of pounds of ground chicken or turkey; a bottle of BBQ sauce; any other old meats left in the fridge (or leftover baitfish), ground up; add flour as needed to make a firm ball. If it gets too stiff, you can add a little water or fish oil.


    Put 2 cans of tuna in oil (or sardines or jack mackerel) in a bowl and mash up very fine. Add flour until you have a firm ball. OPTIONAL: Add some garlic powder, cheese, and/or anise.


    Take a 3# coffee can of cattle feed (or calf starter, hog feed, or some such) and add water to get it mushy. Then add 2 cans of fishy cat food, 3 tablespoons of molasses, and 3 tablespoons of garlic powder. Add flour as needed to make a firm ball.


    Take a loaf of bread and add equal parts of Koolade (cherry, strawberry, or strawberry-banana) and vanilla flavoring. If necessary, you can add some flour to make a firm ball.


    Mix equal parts of water and BBQ sauce. Add 1 tablespoon of garlic powder for every 4 ounces of mixture. Add flour till mixture is as stiff as you want.


    Mix 2 cups cornmeal with 1 cup flour. Add 1/2 package koolade to 1 pint boiling water and stir till dissolved. Add 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 tablespoon vanilla flavoring. While stirring, slowly add the cornmeal/flour mix; when all has been added, continue stirring for another 3 or 4 minutes, then dump dough onto mixing board (or waxed paper, or foil). As soon as it is cool enough, knead the dough into a firm ball, adding a little flour or water as necessary. Store in Ziploc bag in fridge.


    Mix 1 cup flour with 1 cup water and 2 tablespoons vanilla extract. Add 1/2 can creamed corn and a little apple cider and mix well. Add about 1 cup dog or cat food and mix well, adding flour as needed to make a firm ball.


    Grind up about 1# of old meat, liver, or leftover baitfish. Add a bottle of soda (or equal amount of water, fish oil, or whatever). Mix with a loaf of bread, adding flour as needed to make a firm ball.


    Bring 1 cup of water to a boil, and add 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract, 1 tablespoon honey, and 4 tablespoons of sugar, stirring constantly. When sugar is dissolved, slowly add 1 cup of cornmeal, constantly stirring. Continue stirring for 3 or 4 minutes, till it becomes firm and doughy. Dump dough onto a mixing board or platter. As soon as it is cool enough to handle, knead the dough into a firm ball, adding a little flour if necessary. Store in Ziploc bag.


    Mix 1 cup cornmeal with 1 cup flour, then add just enough water to make a firm ball.


    Mix 2 cups flour, one can Parmesan cheese, and 2 tablespoons garlic powder. Add water till you can form balls with the mix. Make bait-sized balls and cook in boiling water till firm.


    Mix 2 cups cornmeal with 2 cups flour. Mix 4 tablespoons kayro dark syrup and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract with 2 cups water. Heat water to a boil and add flour/cornmeal mix, stirring constantly into a paste. Sprinkle in some cinnamon. Make a bait-sized ball and drop it. If it doesn't bounce an inch or so, continue cooking.


    Mix 3 cups flour, 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, 1/2 cup blue cheese (or cheddar), 3 tablespoons garlic powder and 1 cup of oil (preferably fish oil, but vegetable will work). Mix well, adding flour or oil as needed to make a firm ball. Store in a Ziploc bag.


    Mix 1 cup flour, 1 package white gravy mix, and 1 package strawberry (or strawberry-banana) koolade. Add hot water to make a soft dough. Form into bait-sized balls, put in Ziploc bags, and store in freezer.
     

  3. Whistler

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    Original post made by Jerry Trew(Jtrew) on December 3, 2002






    DOUGH(BALL) BAITS(Continued)


    Mix 2 cups cornmeal and 1 cup flour. Bring 3 cups water to a boil and add 1 package strawberry (or strawberry-banana) koolade. Continue stirring till koolade is dissolved, then while continuing to stir, slowly add the flour/cornmeal mixture. Turn down the heat and continue to stir/cook for about 5 minutes. Dump the dough out onto a mixing board, and when cool enough, knead it a little before storing it in a Ziploc bag in the fridge. ​


    Thoroughly melt 1/2 # of limburger cheese over medium heat, remove from heat, and mix in oatmeal till stiff enough to stay on hook. Store in freezer.
    OPTIONS: substitute liver meal, hog/dairy feed, or ground baitfish, chicken, or turkey.


    Take equal parts (by weight) of hamburger meat, limburger cheese, and flour, and mix with just enough water to make a very firm ball.


    Mix 1 cup cooked oatmeal, 1 cup cornmeal, and 1 cup flour with just enough Big Red soda to make a stiff dough. Make a dry mixture of equal parts sugar, salt, and garlic powder. Form some of the dough into a bait-sized ball, roll it in the dry mix, and place in in a Ziploc bag. Continue till all the dough has been made into balls.


    Puree 4 ounces chicken livers (with juice) in blender, or mash up fine. Mix 1 1/2 cups water, 3 tablespoons sugar, 3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese, 2 tablespoons garlic powder, and bring to a boil. While stirring, slowly add cornmeal and cook for about 3 minutes till it starts to form a ball. Dump the dough onto a mixing board, and as soon as it is cool enough to handle, mix in the chicken livers.


    Mix 4 tablespoons of flour, 1 tablespoon cinnamon, 1 tablespoon of sugar, 3 tablespoons of cornmeal, 1 egg, and 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract. If it feels slippery, add a little flour.


    Mix 1 cup flour, 1 cup cornmeal, and 1 package strawberry jello (or 2 packs of strawberry koolade) and mix with enough water to form a firm ball that doesn't stick to your hands.


    In a pan, put 1 cup cold water, 1 tablespoon sugar, 2 heaping tablespoons of Quick Quaker oatmeal, and 1 cup of cornmeal. Heat on medium, stirring constantly, and cook for 5 to 7 minutes, till it forms a stiff ball. Remove from heat and add another 1/2 cup of cornmeal, working it into the mixture. When it is cool enough to handle, place it on a mixing board and knead till well mixed. Form into ball and let cool to room temperature. Knead again to remove crust. Store in fridge in Ziploc bag.


    Mix 1 can Spam, 1 cup lard, 1/2 cup flour, 1/4 cup cornstarch, adding just enough water to make a firm ball.


    Puree 4 ounces of chicken liver in a blender add 4-6 large eggs, 1 tablespoon garlic powder, and 3 tablespoons of honey. (You can also add any other flavors, scents, or attractants here.) Pour into large bowl. In a separate bowl, mix 10 ounces Semolina with 2 ounces soya flour, and slowly add to wet mix until you have a stiff paste. Add more egg or semolina till you have the stiffness you want. Roll the mix into bait-sized balls and boil for 2-6 minutes, till the balls are as hard as you want them to be. Lay the balls on paper towels or newspapers to dry for at least 6 hours.


    Grind up rough fish (or baitfish) so that you have 1 quart of ground fish. Let it set in a loosely covered non-metallic container for a week. Add a couple of teaspoons of salt, and let it set for a couple of more days. Then add 1 small box of quick oatmeal 3 teaspoons of brown sugar, and 1 # of linseed oil meal (dry type). Store in ziploc bag.


    Mix chopped hot dogs, chicken livers (or substitute), blood, dog food, and peanut butter in blender or food processor till pasty. Make bait-sized balls, put on cookie sheet, and bake in oven till slightly firm. (If you cook it too long, it will crumble when you try to put a hook in it.) If not cooked, it makes a good chum.


    Mix flour and water to form a pasty dough, then add whatever you want for flavoring. Flavors, commercial catfish attractants, rotten fish, old cheese, or anything you can dream up. If necessary, you can add a little more flour after that to make the mix as stiff as you want. Roll into bait-sized balls and store in a sealed container or Ziploc bag.


    Mix 1 jar concord grape jelly with 1 loaf whole wheat bread, then add cornmeal till you get the stiffness you want. Store in Ziploc bags.


    Bring 2 cups water to a boil and add 2 tablespoons vanilla extract. Add 1 package of Jello (strawberry or strawberry-banana, or whatever kind you want to try), stirring constantly until it is dissolved. Reduce heat to a simmer and very gradually add cornmeal, letting it absorb the liquid. As you run out of liquid, shut off the heat. Be very careful not to overheat, or the mixture will burn! Keep stirring after removing from heat till it is as stiff as you want. If necessary, you can add a little more cornmeal to make it stiffer.


    Mix 1 # of soybean meal, 1 can of cream style corn, 2 tablespoons of cinnamon, and 2 tablespoons of hot sauce with just enough liquid flavoring to make a firm ball. The flavorings can be vanilla, anise, banana, strawberry, or whatever you want. If you get too much liquid in it, you can add a little more soybean meal or flour to stiffen it up. Use on a hook with a spring on it, or use loofa to hold the bait.


    Mix 1 cup cornmeal, 1 cup flour, 1 cup instant oatmeal, and 3/4 cup sugar. Mix 1/2 to 1 cup maple syrup with 1 cup water, and mix with dry mixture. Add more water till you get the stiffness you want. Use on a hook with a spring, or use loofa to hold the bait.


    Dump 1 tub (about 1#) of chicken livers into a blender, add 1 tablespoon of anise, and liquefy. Pour into a bowl. Add instant grits till mixture is as stiff as you want. (Will probably take about 1#.) Use on a hook with a spring, or use loofa to hold the bait.

    OPTION: Use instant grits with cheese, bacon, or whatever.


    Mix instant oatmeal with whatever dry flavorings you want to use, such as jello, koolade, garlic powder, or whatever. Mix any liquid flavorings with 1/2 cup water, and begin mixing the water mix into the dry mix. Then, you can add more instant oatmeal or water to make the mixture as stiff as you want.


    Mix 1 large bag of instant grits, 1 small bag of quick grits, 4 boxes of jello (your favorite flavor), and 1 can of whole kernal corn, well drained (reserving the juice). Begin mixing with 1 can cream style corn, gradually adding the corn till you get the stiffness you want. You may not use the whole can, but if you do, and the mixture is still too stiff, you can add some of the juice you drained off the whole kernel corn.


    Mix 1 can fishy cat food, 1 cup old crab guts (or shad guts, or ground baitfish), with flour or cornmeal till you get the mixture as stiff as you want. Form into bait-sized balls, put them in a Ziploc bag and leave them outside overnight (or longer), then put them in the fridge. A separate fridge for bait is a real plus for this one! If you're planning to use them within a few days, and don't have a bait fridge, you may just want to keep them on ice in a cooler outside. If you plan to freeze them, don't use cornmeal, use flour.


    Mix bread, flour, and melted velveeta cheese, adding water as necessary to get the mixture as stiff as you want. It should be a little sticky, but if it's extremely sticky, add some bread. Put in Ziploc bag in the fridge overnight before rolling into bait-sized balls.


    Put 1 can fishy cat food, 3 tablespoons molasses, 1# of melted velveeta cheese, and 4 cups of cattle feed (or calf starter, hog feed, dry dog/cat food, or fish food pellets) into large bowl and add enough hot water to turn it into a mush. Add flour and/or oatmeal till it gets as stiff as you want it. Take some of the dry cattle feed (or whatever you used) along on the fishing trip to use for chum.


    Mix 1 cup flour, 1 whole bag of cornmeal, 2 whole bags of wheat germ, and 1/2 gallon of feed corn that has been ground or crushed in a food processor. Add whatever flavorings you want, such as strawberry, banana, grape, cinnamon, garlic, vanilla, anise. Mix well, adding water as needed to make the mixture as stiff as you want.


    Mix sardines packed in oil with oatmeal, adding enough water to make the mixture as stiff as you want.
     
  4. Whistler

    Whistler Well-Known Member

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    Original post made by Jerry Trew(Jtrew) on December 3, 2002


    LIVER


    Cut chicken livers into bait-sized pieces and set them outside on a smooth, slightly slanted surface, so that the livers don't overlap. Sprinkle heavily with garlic powder, then very heavily with non-iodized salt. In 4-6 hours, they should be ready to turn over, so that you can put garlic and salt on the other side. Let them set another 4-6 hours, until they are about the consistency of steak cooked medium-rare. Put in a Ziploc bag in the fridge, and they will keep for several months. ​

    OPTIONS: Add or substitute anise or vanilla. Put some Thai peppers and Thai fish sauce into the Ziploc bag with the cured livers, and mix up like a salad. Let marinate overnight or longer.


    Cut chicken livers into bait-sized pieces. Put a layer of garlic powder on the bottom of a plastic container, then place a layer of livers; put in another layer of garlic powder, a layer of livers, and so on, till you run out of livers, finishing up with a layer of garlic powder on top. Mix up a package of flavorless jello (gelatin) and pour the hot mixture over the livers till they are barely covered. Mix this around every few minutes till cool. Cover container and place in fridge.


    Buy beef kidneys and chicken livers and leave them setting out in the sun for 3 to 6 hours before using them for bait.


    Take a tub of chicken livers and cut the livers into bait-sized pieces. Pour a dry package of jello over them and mix well. Let set in fridge for at least 24 hours before using.


    Leave some beef liver in an open container in the fridge for a week, then put it into a sealed container to contain the smell. Cut off bait-sized pieces when needed.



    SPONGE/DIP/PUNCH BAITS






    If you have good success with this bait, you may want to make it up in large quantities, since it's a pretty lengthy process, and needs to be done during hot weather. ​




    Buy some hog brains and let them set out in the sun for 2 or 3 days in a plastic bucket. Add 1 to 1 1/2 # of any old cheese scraps (grated) for every pound of hog brains. For a thin, sponge bait, add 1# of cheese; for a thicker, punch bait, add 1 1/2 # of cheese, then add cattail fuzz later. Add 1/2 cup of chopped shad or other small baitfish for every pound of hog brains. CAUTION: It is extremely important that the container be 3 or 4 times as large as the mixture, because it's going to swell up! Cover with screening or something similar to keep flies and animals out. Do not cover tightly, or it will blow up! Stir every other day till there isn't much swelling between stirrings. If flies/maggots get into the mixture, just stir them in. Dip the mixture into plastic containers with a lid that snaps on. Do not fill the containers over 1/2 full, because it may swell some more. The longer it sets, the better it gets. Works great on channel cats.


    In an old blender or food processor, puree chicken liver, fish scraps, minced garlic, and Thai fish sauce. Pour into bowl and mix in a little flour to make a dip bait, or omit the flour for a sponge bait.


    Use a meat grinder to mix equal parts of beef brains, pork fat, and cheese. Be sure to mix well! Let set in a plastic bucket for a couple of weeks, stirring every other day.


    Mix 3 parts liver to 1 part cheese, then add some bone meal oil and cattails.


    Mix 10# of aged cheese, 1/2# of calf starter, 1/2# of dried animal blood, and 1/2# of peanut butter until it is nice and creamy, then slowly mix in about 1/2# of flour until you get the consistency you want. Use as a sponge, dip, or tube bait.


    In a blender or food processor, puree 1/2 pint of chicken livers, 1/2 pint of chicken guts, 1 pint of moldy cheese scraps, 1/2 pint peanut butter, and one raw egg. Pour mixture into an old plastic container with a snap-on lid. Add flour to thicken as much as you want. Let it set in the sun for at least a couple of hours-a day or two is better.


    Take leftover fish scraps, cutup baitfish, etc. and put them into a loosely covered glass jar and let set till there is a lot of liquid. Drain the liquid off into another container and add one part anise for every 5 parts liquid. You can use this as an attractant in other baits, as a sponge bait, or to dip other baits in. Try soaking some hotdogs in it.


    Mix 1 part limburger cheese with 2 parts chicken livers until thoroughly blended, then mix in flour till you get the stiffness you want. Let it set in the sun for several days or a week with the container loosely covered. Use as a dip or sponge bait.


    Take an old plastic container and place some potted meat, garlic (powder, minced, juice), and strong cheese (limburger, cheddar) in the container, put on the lid, and leave it in the sun for a month. Now mix it up and use with netting or loofa.


    Mix 2 cups bacon grease, 6 cups oatmeal, 2 cups cornmeal, 1 large can of tuna in oil, 1 jar of limburger cheese spread, 1 tub (about 1#) of chicken livers, and 1 cup of brown sugar. Leave it in the sun for a week, then stir well. Leave it another 5 days (or a week), stirring it every day. Also good for chum.


    Mix 12 ounces peanut butter, 12 ounces syrup, 4 or 5 ounces of crushed garlic, and 32 ounces of Catfish Charlie, adding flour till you get it very stiff.


    Put shrimp, hamburger, garlic, crawfish oil, fish gut, and cheese through food processor or blender, adding just enough water so that the mixture won't go through nylons. Make up baits with the nylon and put them in a loosely sealed bottle in the sun for about a month.


    Mix equal parts of pig brains and longhorn cheese. Put it in a loosely covered jar and let it set outside for 5 or 6 days. Use as a sponge bait.


    Mix 1 1/2 cups water, 3 tablespoons of sugar, 3 tablespoons of parmesan cheese, and 2 tablespoons of garlic powder and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add cornmeal till mixture is stiff. Mix in 4 ounces of finely chopped chicken livers. If you want, you can substitute sardines in oil, or tuna in oil for the livers. Use a hook with a spring, or use loofa to hold the bait.


    In a blender or food processor, puree 2 beef or pork kidneys, 1 1/2 # of beef or pork liver, 1/2 # of scrap fish or baitfish, 2 tablespoons of anise, and 3 eggs. Pour into gallon jar. Add 3 or 4 big spoonfuls of grated parmesan or romano cheese and stir well. Wait 10 minutes and stir it again to see how thick it is. If it isn't thick enough, add some more cheese, stir, wait 10 minutes, and stir again to check it. Should be thin enough to soak into a sponge, but thick enough that it leaves a coating on the sponge.


    Mix in a 5-gallon plastic bucket, 4 large bananas, 1 gallon maple syrup, 12 1/2 # flour, 4# cottonseed meal, 1/2 gallon shredded cheddar cheese, and 1 small tub of Catfish Charlie. Let it set, covered, for a day or two, stir well, then portion it out into smaller containers. Use as a sponge bait by pushing the sponge down into the bait with a stick.
     
  5. Whistler

    Whistler Well-Known Member

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    Original post made by Jerry Trew(Jtrew) on December 3, 2002






    MISCELLANEOUS BAITS



    Drain the blood from a couple of containers of chicken livers into a gallon jar, then put several 8" minnows, chubs, or suckers in a single layer in the bottom of the jar, so that they are soaking in the blood. Tighten the lid and let set till it really stinks. Then use the minnows as bait. ​



    Take 1# of beef cubes and soak in vanilla extract for 24 hours before using as bait.


    Use cocktail sausages, either plain, or with cheese.


    Catch frogs. Cut them in half for bait. For larger frogs, you can cut off the back legs, then cut the body in half. Sometimes it helps to dip the frog part into stink bait.


    Take several hot dogs and cut each into 6 equal pieces. Put them in a sealable container, add 2 cups of white vinegar, and 2 tablespoons of garlic powder. Stir or gently shake to mix up garlic powder. Seal and let set at least a couple of days before using.


    Cut boneless chicken breast into bait-sized pieces and put them into a Ziploc bag. Dump in a package of strawberry koolade on top of the chicken pieces. Add just enough water so that it forms a marinade for the chicken. Let set in fridge several days before using.
    OPTION: Add a couple of tablespoons of grape jelly to the marinade.


    Put the following into a jar: package of cheap hotdogs, cut into 1" lengths; several slices of bacon, cut into 1" pieces. Add enough vinegar to cover well. Add some powdered ice tea, brown sugar, seasoned salt, and parmesan cheese.


    Go to the feed store and buy a bag of milo and 5# of cottonseed meal. Put about 5# of milo in a 5 gallon bucket and cover with screening to keep out the flies and animals. Let it set for several days or a week, then add 2# of cottonseed meal, adding more water if needed. In 3 or 4 days, when it really starts to smell, run it through a grinder, adding more cottonseed meal as needed to make the end result like biscuit dough. Buy several large bars of Ivory soap. In a separate container, put a layer of the milo mix, cover it with a layer of grated Ivory soap, and run it through the grinder again. Let it set for about three days while it thickens. The more soap you use, the thicker it will be, but generally speaking, it's better to have too much soap than not enough. Put the mixture into pint or quart containers for storage.


    If you find a dead possum on the road, skin it, and cut it into bait-sized pieces to use on trotline or rod & reel.


    Yellow (golden) raisins make good trotline bait in spring or fall. They need to stay in the water several hours before becoming effective.


    Cut hot dogs into 1" lengths, place them in a jar, and cover with Fish Formula Catfish Lure. Let set at least overnight before using.
    (I couldn't catch a single catfish using this.)
    OPTION: Substitute some other attractant for the one above.


    Cut suckers into bait-sized pieces, leaving the skin on. When you bait up, be sure to start the hook on the skin side.


    Snaglines are similar to trotlines, but have the hooks attached only 6"-8" apart on the mainline. The hooks are not baited. The lines are soaked overnight in an attractant so that catfish moving up against the line get foul hooked. I don't know of any state that allows sportsfishermen to use snaglines any more, but there's no reason you can't soak a regular trotline to provide some extra attraction to the bait. To soak the lines, an oldtimer would put a couple of gallons of water in a bucket, then add his 'stuff'. Here are several:
    2 ounces of anise & 6 ounces of asafetida
    several ounces (or a whole bottle) of anise
    several ounces (or a whole bottle) of vanilla extract
    oil or rhodium
    rotten eggs


    Miniature marshmallows can be fairly productive on a trotline if the water isn't so warm that it melts them off the hook.


    Take a gallon pickle or mayonnaise jar (cleaned out), cut up 3 packs of cheap red hot dogs into 1" lengths and put them in the jar. Put in 2 packs of cherry koolade, and fill the jar about half full of water. Stir to mix the koolade. Add an entire small bottle of Tobasco sauce. Store in fridge at least overnight before using. Don't rub your eyes after baiting up with this!
    OPTION: Substitute about 4 tablespoons of garlic powder for the Tobasco.


    Cut chicken hot dogs into 1" pieces and soak several days in imitation blood that you get from Wal-Mart.


    Cut up an oily baitfish into bait-sized pieces and pour the cheese from a package of macaroni & cheese over them, along with garlic powder and salt. Store in fridge for at least a day before using.


    Put miniature marshmallows in water till they are soaked, then roll them in garlic powder till they are coated evenly. Store them in a sealable container.


    Cut up some really cheap steak into bait-sized pieces. Put them into a large jar along with some tomato paste, red koolade mix, honey, sugar, finely chopped chicken livers, and chicken blood. Put on the lid, and let it sit in the sun for a month or two.


    Use bacon for bait. (If this works, what about bacon rind, hog jawl, or salt pork?


    Take the cheese powder from a package of macaroni & cheese and put it into a Ziploc bag. After you put your worm on the hook, roll it around in the cheese powder.


    Pour 2 1/2 gallon of blood on a 4'x4' sheet of plywood. Sprinkle real heavy with dark brown sugar and let dry real good. Turn blood bait over, and use a fork to punch holes all in the clogged blood. Pour about a pint of vanilla flavoring all over the blood and sprinkle real heavy again with brown sugar. Let dry real good again. When it has dried till it is hard and crusty, turn it back over and let dry some more, if needed. Cut into bait-sized pieces.
     
  6. jtrew

    jtrew New Member

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    That's it, Whistler. Thanks for finding it. I wrote it way back when Paul was just starting up a library section. He had a contest for articles written for it. This one placed second; first place went to an article on flathead fishing.
     
  7. etrevino050

    etrevino050 New Member

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    I just wanted to thank you so much for the recipes they are going to be very helpful. I am looking forward to trying all of them hopefully !:roll_eyes::wink:
     
  8. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks Jerry for some great receipts. Glad to see this listed in the library. Appreciated.
     
  9. alands94

    alands94 Active Member

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    Thanks for posting these! I always have some extra food around the house that I hate throwing out when it expires. I will definitely be trying some of these recipes out.