Homemade Catfish Bait Using Wheaties Cereal & Hamburger

Homemade Catfish Bait Using Wheaties Cereal & Hamburger
Catfish use their sense of smell to locate food, according to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. This trait is the reason why many fishermen angling for catfish create potent smelling concoctions known as stink baits. You can make stink bait with nearly any type of meat or food product that will spoil and put off a putrid odor, including raw hamburger. While rotten meat by itself may attract catfish, adding dry ingredients to act as binders will help hold the bait together and allow you to break off chunks of the mixture to bait your hooks.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Wheaties
  • Garlic powder
  • Resealable plastic bag
  • Hamburger
  • Flour
Step 1
Measure two cups of Wheaties and 1 tbsp. garlic powder into a large resealable plastic bag and seal the bag.
Step 2
Crush the Wheaties into coarse crumbs by pressing on the bag with your hands.
Step 3
Dump 1 lb. raw hamburger into the plastic bag with the Wheaties. Catfish enjoy strong smelling bait so don't worry if the hamburger is rotten.
Step 4
Seal the bag and knead the hamburger and Wheaties together with your hands on the outside of the bag.
Step 5
Add 1/4 cup of flour to the bag and knead it into the catfish bait. Continue to add 1/4 cup of flour at a time until the bait is the consistency of bread dough. The flour will help bind the bait together and make it thick enough to stay on your hook while you fish.

Tips & Warnings

Make sure that the hamburger is completely thawed before you use it to make your catfish bait.
Leave your bait out in the sun for a few hours to ripen before you go fishing. The rotten bait will put off a strong scent that will help attract catfish.

Article Written By Kittie McCoy

Kittie McCoy has been a freelance writer since 2008. She is also a part-time personal trainer and licensed entertainer in Las Vegas. She enjoys sharing her love of physical fitness and experience in the entertainment industry via her writing.

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