My easy doughbait recipe- "Kitty Treats"

Discussion in 'Homemade baits' started by KScatwoman, Apr 19, 2007.

  1. KScatwoman

    KScatwoman New Member

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    Greetings! This is my first post here, so I figured I'd share a recipe to get things started... I stumbled across this by accident, as the original formula/recipe was a batch of oven-baked cat treats (feline, not finned) that none of our cats would touch. I went fishing and threw some in the cooler, and tho they were kinda hard to put on a circle hook...they were like crack on a cracker to Ol' Whiskerlips! I caught my limit that night, and have since tinkered with the formula a bit to make it a bit easier to work with...

    So, here goes:

    1 can jack mackerel (usually found next to the canned salmon at your local grocery store)
    1 large can tuna in oil
    1 tin of sardines in oil
    1 can cheap salmon-flavored cat food
    1 cup bacon grease
    3 large eggs
    2 bottles garlic salt
    whole wheat flour (4-8 cups depending on how the dough 'feels')

    Mush up the fish, catfood, eggs, bacon grease, & 1 bottle garlic salt until things are nice and smooth (use your fingers). Then, slowly add the flour, one cup at a time, kneading it in with your fingers until a firm dough forms. You can keep this dough in a ziploc baggie in your fridge until you need it.

    To make the doughballs:

    Add a few tablespoons of garlic salt to boiling water, to kick things off. Roll the dough up into balls & lay 'em out on a baking sheet lined with newspaper- when you've got enough, dump 'em in the water and boil them until they're firm (I use 6 or 7 minutes). Use a slotted spoon to fish 'em out, then lay them out on the newspaper to dry. As they dry, keep sprinkling them generously with the garlic salt- just shake & jiggle the pan to roll 'em around in it. When they're cool and no longer slimy/sticky, toss 'em in a ziploc baggie and store in the fridge.

    I've used these on both circle hooks and treble hooks, and found they'll stay on very well- even if you really wing 'em out there with some effort.

    Oh, and here's a bonus bait:

    Always, always- save the livers and kidneys from your catch! The kidney is the "Y" shaped dark organ located next to the spine, under the white air bladder; the kidney is roughly arrow-shaped and located on the fish's underside somewhat between the gill slits (be sure to pinch out the yellow to green gall bladder). Dump the mess in a ziploc baggie, and add a ton of garlic salt to draw out the moisture. Store 'em in the fridge until you need 'em. The morsels are the perfect size to rig on a circle hook, and best of all- they're free! I gotta love dual-purpose catfish...good eats AND good bait! :big_smile:

    Edit- oops...I forgot the bacon grease up above! :p
     
  2. THRowSOmeStink

    THRowSOmeStink New Member

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    Thanks for the recipe and welcome to the boc. There is alot of good info on this site
     

  3. BAM

    BAM New Member

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    Welcome aboard, and thanks for the recipe.
     
  4. jtrew

    jtrew New Member

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    Welcome to the BOC, Molly! I would guess that you're mostly catching channel cats on the kitty treats, right?
     
  5. KScatwoman

    KScatwoman New Member

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    Thanks for the warm welcome, fellas... :smile2:

    jtrew- yeah, I'm catching channel cats; the few places I go only have channel cat. I'd happily hunt flatheads, but I really don't know of any good places nearby to go after 'em. I'm guessing that flatties and channels both taste about the same?
     
  6. porboy

    porboy New Member

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    Welcome to the group and thanks for the bait tip.
    Bill
     
  7. Cherokee

    Cherokee New Member

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    Welcome to the BOC
     
  8. jtrew

    jtrew New Member

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    I don't catch enough flatheads to give you a first hand opinion about taste, but most everybody seems to agree that flathead tastes best.
     
  9. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    :0a25: :0a25: :0a18: Molly thanks for the bait tip and welcome to the BOC. You are going to love it here. :big_smile:
     
  10. Wyocatman

    Wyocatman New Member

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    Welcome welcome. Thanks for the great recipe. The next nite the wife works the son and I will have to whip up a batch. I have a bunch of frozen shad. Might try to blend them up and substitute that for all the other fishy stuff. I have an uncle that lives in Haysville and works at Boeing. His name is Brent Pearce. You never know how small the world is unless you ask. Enjoy;

    dru
     
  11. ka_c4_boom

    ka_c4_boom New Member

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    thanks for the recipe and welcome to the boc
     
  12. pk_powell

    pk_powell New Member

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    :0a18: :0a25: :0a25: :0a25: :big_smile_2: :big_smile_2: :big_smile_2: You will love this site. It's addicting!!
     
  13. colten

    colten Member

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    I will try the recipe and see if it works here at Ray Roberts Lake. Thanks.
     
  14. catfisher43

    catfisher43 New Member

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    Thanks for the recipe.Welcome to the BOC.:cool2:
     
  15. Terry Day

    Terry Day New Member

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    Welcome to the BOC. Thanks for the receipt - I'll have to give it a try!