Gathering the Meat
Most stink baits employ some type of meat. There is no right or wrong meat to use. Basically, use whatever is getting results. One popular stink bait meat is chicken liver, which is a favorite of catfish. You will need approximately two pounds of them. You also can use any type of raw fish. Allow about 8 ounces of it to sit in the refrigerator for about a week before using it. Chopped hot dogs, a dozen minnows, and one half pound of frozen shrimp or crushed sardines goes well in stink bait. Mix several of the meats together, and add some chicken blood if you have it.
Add about a pound of the stinkiest cheese you can find. The smellier the cheese, the better it will work. It will also help hold the bait together when you fish with it. You can also add a medium sized container of garlic salt to the mix. Make sure you use the salted variety and not the pure garlic. The salt helps toughen the meat, which in turn helps it remain on the hook. Believe it or not, you can also add some ordinary unscented bar soap to the recipe mixture. Chop it up into very small pieces and add it to the mix. Though nobody knows why, catfish seem to love the taste.
Start off with 2 cups of flour, bran flakes or cornmeal and add it to the other ingredients. You can mix the different dry ingredients together if you want. This will be the thickening agent that will hold your bait together. You will more than likely have to add the dry ingredients a little at a time, as you mix everything up to get the right amount. Once everything is thick enough to form into balls, the bait will is ready to use. Mix all the ingredients up in a blender or food processor. You can store the bait in a plastic container inside of the refrigerator until you are ready to use it. When fishing with stink bait, a looper rig is best. This rig specializes in carrying hard-to-hold baits such as stink bait. A looper rig is basically a bunch of hooks on a single hook.