The Stink bait industry is a multi-million dollar business. Cat fishermen have used stink bait for decades. Bought or homemade it is one of the most popular ways to catch catfish. I guess I should explain what stink bait is and how it is used. Most of the bait is a gooey mess, very close to the consistency of thick batter with chunks in some cases. The color varies but is mostly a tannish brown. It is made from various types of cheese and fermented soy or fish. Some stink bait is molded into nuggets or dough balls by adding a binding agent, mainly a flour of some sort. In most instances the bait is dipped out of the container and then is squeezed onto the hook. Some companies make special hooks or lures that hold the stink bait on longer utilizing springs, mesh, sponge, or a combination of two or more of the three. The dough balls or nuggets, as some fisher men call them, are easily put on a treble hook, a hook with three points on it, one piece at a time. Stink bait comes in a plethora of flavors such as garlic, shad, blood, liver, limburger cheese, shrimp, and a hodge podge of combinations of two or more of those. Catfish being the scavengers that they are can not resist the potent odiferous concoction. Doctor Mike (http://mike_esq.tripod.com) says, There is a growing school of thought that shows no loyalty to stink bait or natural baits, fishing with whichever to be working at the time and often combinations of the two. It started with men making and using their own recipe of stink bait. One day someone must have been down at the creek fishing with it and someonewalks by and sees that they are catching a lot of fish and says, That works real good you wouldnt want to sell me some of that would you? One man, Danny King (http://dannykingbait.com) came up with what he believes to be the best combination: a bait that has proven over and over again to catch catfish, both large and small. Ruth Ann, started selling his bait out of the back of their pick up truck. Now they are nation wide selling thousands and thousands of little buckets of stink bait every year. Rusty Ryan (http://rustybait.com) made his first batch of stink bait in 1951 and by 1952 he was selling it out of his barber shop like gang busters. His business has grown every year since. The pint sized plastic jar costs a little over four dollars. His company called Rustys Bait now produces well over forty ton of product a year. I myself have to say that I love any kind of fishing baits and lures but when I use the stink bait I put it on a treble hook with a plastic covering in which holes are drilled to let the smell through to lure the catfish. Right now I am trying out Magic Bait King Kat formula. I have caught a few on this and I can not wait until next year to try another one and see what it does for me. So to sum up this journey through the world of stink bait, there is many online sources for information about stink bait. Thousands of catalogs from thousands of companies sell it for different prices ranging from one dollar up to ten dollars per package. Your best bet for information on stink bait is to go to the local bait shop and ask the old guy sitting by the checker table. Make up your own mind on the subject. Get out there and try as many kinds as you can to see what works for you. Just have a good time, because after all that is what fishing is about.