How to Make Catfish Bait With Wine

How to Make Catfish Bait With WineCatfish are drawn to food by their scent glands rather than their eyes, which is why catfish bait is often described as "stink bait." Catfish anglers have secret stink bait recipes that go back generations. An important part of fishing for catfish is making your own stink bait. Store-bought varieties are available, but making your own is considered a rite of passage among serious fishermen.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • 2 lbs. raw chicken breasts
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Dish soap
  • Sink
  • 4 cups elderberry wine
  • 1 gallon-size plastic freezer bag
  • 1 plastic container with lid
  • Heavy-duty rubber gloves
Step 1
Place 2 lbs. raw chicken breasts on a cutting board. Cut the chicken breasts into 2-inch squares.
Step 2
Put all of the cut up chicken into a gallon-size plastic freezer bag. Wash your hands and cutting board thoroughly with dish soap.
Step 3
Add 4 cups of elderberry wine to the plastic freezer bag and seal it tightly. Shake the bag to mix the wine with the chicken. Put the bag inside a plastic container and put the lid on and seal it tightly.
Step 4
Allow the chicken breast pieces to ferment in the elderberry wine for at least two days to create an effective catfish bait.
Step 5
Use heavy-duty rubber gloves when handling the fermented chicken breast on your catfish fishing expedition.

Tips & Warnings

Chicken livers can be substituted for chicken breasts in this recipe.
Always wash your cutting board thoroughly in hot soapy water after cutting raw chicken to avoid salmonella contamination.

Article Written By Elizabeth Grace

Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Elizabeth Grace is a freelance writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in public relations from Pepperdine University, and has 15 years of experience developing marketing campaigns for universities and multinational corporations.

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