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.