Homemade Catfish Bait Using Wheaties Cereal

Homemade Catfish Bait Using Wheaties Wheaties and hamburger make an effective catfish bait. When fishing for catfish, you always want to watch the current. As a general rule, it is a good idea to cast and retrieve your line several times to create water disturbance and attract nearby catfish. Because Wheaties and hamburger will lure nearby catfish, you generally only need to let your line travel downstream 40 or 50 yards before you retrieve it. Catfish will smell the ingredients in your bait and come swimming over to feed off of your line.


Difficulty: Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Wheaties
  • Water
  • Burger
  • Mixing bowl
  • Garlic powder
  • Spoon
Step 1
Pour 1 to 2 cups of Wheaties into a large mixing bowl. You can use a plastic or metal mixing bowl. The Wheaties should not reach higher than the half-way mark on the mixing bowl. Additional ingredients will be added later, which will require additional space.
Step 2
Add ¼-cup of water to start. You can use freshwater or saltwater, depending on where you are preparing your bait. It is not necessary to use filtered or bottled water. The water will soften the Wheaties and help the flakes take shape.
Step 3
Mix the water and the Wheaties by hand. Add water one teaspoon at a time until the flakes become malleable and take shape as a firm ball.
Step 4
Roll a slab of burger into a ball equal in size to the Wheaties ball.
Step 5
Mix the burger ball with the Wheaties by hand until all the ingredients are finely mixed together.
Step 6
Add a pinch of garlic powder to the mix.
Step 7
Use a spoon to scoop out grape size balls of your new Wheaties bait.

Tips & Warnings

If the ball starts to soften too much, you've added to much water. Either add more Wheaties or wrap the ball in a pair of stockings.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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