Dozens of different bait types are commonly used for catfish, with popular picks ranging from hot dog slices to clams to smaller catfish. If one were to dig into occasional uses, the list of items might be endless . Of course, different species and sizes of cats prefer different kinds of meals, and some offerings lend themselves better to specific styles of catfishing than do others. Also, catfish are just like other kinds of fish -- and people for that matter -- in the sense that their preferences vary from day to day. One day's hot bait commonly may not yield much the next day, with no obvious change in conditions. With that in mind, you are wise to set the table with at least a couple of different kinds of baits and allow the cats to dictate their preferences. Catching any kind of fish begins with putting baits where the fish are. That simple fact acknowledged, an angler's offerings also must appeal to the fish. For many species of game fish, lure sizes, shapes, movements and colors, and types of presentations all figure prominently into the equation of making an offering appealing. For catfish, which feed mostly by smell and taste, it is all about using the right kind of bait. Maybe between all of us here on the B.O.C. can list a bait or two that they have used and the types of presentations they used with that named bait . For example : When targeting Channel cats I use secret 7 dip bait carolina rigged with a loopers rig . Just a thought to hear and learn all about different baits and how to rig it .