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How can you make your own catfish bait?

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Catfish bait is a special mix of strongly flavored foods, some of which are not suitable for human consumption, used as bait when fishing. The ingredients in the commercial preparations are similar to those in homemade ones, including cheese, raw meat, blood, minnows and even bread.

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A standard catfish dough bait recipe contains ingredients that most fishermen can get at the grocery store and bait shop. These recipes can be stinky so consider working in a well-ventilated area.

  1. Melt the cheese
  2. Select 1 pound of firm block cheese in a white or light yellow color. Melt the cheese in a microwave for about 1 minute. Set this aside.

  3. Chop other ingredients
  4. Chop up between 6 to 8 ounces total of raw pork and perch. Chop up one entire head of garlic.

  5. Mix ingredients in a food processor
  6. Pour the melted cheese, chopped meat and garlic into the food processor. Add to this one can of dog food, 12 minnows and some flour. Process everything in the blender until mostly smooth.

  7. Check for consistency
  8. Add more flour to the bait mix periodically during processing. The finished mixture should have a bread dough-like consistency.

  9. Try a blood bait recipe
  10. Get enough beef or chicken blood to fill a large baking pan, around 9 by 12-inches. Store the blood-filled pan in the refrigerator for 1 week to develop a rubber consistency. Then, place the pan out in the sun until it develops a hard top. Slice into 2-inch squares and store in the freezer until needed.

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