How to Use Stuff From Home for Fishing Bait

How to Use Stuff From Home for Fishing BaitChoosing the right bait for fishing can oftentimes be a real head-scratching experience for many anglers, and especially new ones. A walk down the bait aisles of your local tackle or big box store can muddy the already murky waters. Instead of stressing about your bait, try using some items you may already have at home. Catfish anglers especially appreciate the array of baits commonly available in the home kitchen pantry and refrigerator.


Difficulty: Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Hot dogs
  • Knife
  • Circle hook
  • Anise, garlic, cod liver oil
  • Natural ingredient soap
  • Chicken livers
  • Processed soft cheese
  • Biscuit dough
Step 1
Cut hot dogs into 1-inch lengths with a sharp knife. Place a hot dog on a circle bait hook and fish it along the bottom for catfish and other bottom-feeding fish species, including crab. Dipping the hot dogs in anise, garlic or cod liver oil adds extra attracting power.
Step 2
Place a bar of unscented natural ingredient soap on a cutting board. Choose soaps that have a high fat content if possible as this disperses well in the water. Cut the bar of soap into 1-inch cubes with a sharp knife. Carefully insert the point of a bait-holding hook through the soap so it is positioned on the bend of the hook.
Step 3
Cut chicken livers into 1- or 2-inch pieces and place them in a storage bag or container. Set the container with the livers in a warm location several hours before you begin fishing to allow the aroma to develop and the livers to toughen somewhat. Place the livers on a bait hook so they are securely held in place and fish along the bottom of lakes, rivers and ponds for a variety of fish, including catfish.
Step 4
Set a block of processed cheese in a warm location until it is easily molded. Add anise oil, garlic oil or cayenne pepper to the soft cheese and incorporate it thoroughly. Pinch off a small amount of cheese bait and form a ball or mold it on a hook for attracting trout, bass and other game fish.
Step 5
Open a can of biscuit dough and form small dough balls. Add a variety of ingredients, including garlic oil and anise oil, to the dough and work it in thoroughly. Form the dough around bait hooks or into small balls to attract trout, panfish, bass and other fish, including catfish.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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