Have fun. The best catfishing excursion I ever had was when I was 16 years old. Will toughen baits to last for many casts and the cure also infuses bait with powerful amino acids and scent attractants. Catch a BIGGGG one. As a general rule there are far better baits than liver as a “go to” bait. Garlic chicken is top catfish bait Phillip Gentry Catfish, Sidebars When times are lean for fresh-cut herring, you can try this garlic chicken recipe to tempt blue catfish. Livers typically do not produce many huge catfish. Yes I’ve used these also. Me and a friend went fishing last night and I caught 9 cats on it. As for using string, gauze or liver hooks, there are other options available that allow liver baits to be used on single hooks. Outdoorsman. I use other baits as well but I always take the giant with me.Works in the dear old south. Withinca minute my pull starts to slide along the ground. He used regular livers and only had one fish to show for it. With their strong, meaty smell, chicken livers draw cats from broad areas. Catfished for a couple of days this week with chicken livers on Old Hickory Lake. The most common homemade catfish baits are stink baits and punch baits. Put two containers of chicken livers and a package of gizzards and hearts in a container together and let the bait marinate in the refrigerator for a couple of days. If you open a bottle of it and smell it you will quickly know why. https://www.fishingtalks.com/ever-use-chicken-liver-for-bait-10/17/14-1702.html It is Rooster Livers, I use them every time I go fishing. I still use them and in fact just bought a rather expensive ($49.99) bucket of cheese bait. The tiny holes in the elastic allow the juices from the meat to escape into the water to attract catfish and keep the bait on longer than using a bare hook. It will catch catfish, so will shrimp and earth worms. One of if not the most popular catfish bait is chicken livers. So, I tie off one end of the mesh tube with the kite string, then turn it inside-out to protect the wrap of the threads from short strikes, rocks, etc. When targeting channel catfish punch baits and dip baits will out produce (or produce as well) as liver in most cases and have proven time and time again to be much less hassle to bait the hook with as well as keep on the hook. Fish will also tear it off before you have a chance to set the hook. This is more of a “last ditch effort” than anything. Well it was all fat on mine. Reel in your line every twenty minutes and check your bait. I usually end up cooking it for my dogs. The thread is 99 cents at Walmart. The amino acids will trigger a response to feed. That night we caught 3 in about about an hour. https://www.gameandfishmag.com/editorial/12-catfish-baits/245356 You can store it for weeks in the fridge for future trips. Take 2 lbs of chicken liver and 32oz. Catfish are finicky; one night they may be all over the livers and the next night hot dogs are what they want to devour. It’s pretty much a go to bait and it always gets packed for the fishing trip along with other catfish baits like: worms, artificial dip baits, blood baits and hot dogs. I have fished with everything. If you are fishing a pond or river and not catching anything and think that catching some eating size channel cat would be nice, I find liver to be an excellent bait. Leather Chicken Liver Catfish Bait Recipe. Garlic, anise, vanilla and even asafetida are often added to buckets of fresh livers to add additional scent. I was at Annacostia in DC. Put all 4 into the liver. Catfish are good on punch bait, cut bait, and chicken liver. im always up for more tips in catching beter catfish besides just using livers and night crawlers. I’m not a professional catfisherman but I do love fishing every chance I get. I’m an old dog, but I’m always willing to learn a new trick or two. Sep 30, 2015 - Here are the six best ways to keep chicken liver on your hook. https://www.catfishing.ca/best-homemade-catfish-bait-recipes For rod and reel, I strongly prefer chicken liver, although there is always the problem of perch and turtles stealing your bait. Check out the Ultimate List Of Catfishing Tips. I found out years ago that jolly green giant whole kernel corn works well for blues and channel cats. Ironic thing is, people will use chicken livers in a dip bait recipe that they want to smell like, chicken livers. I have heard claims over the years that this adds a level of effectiveness and that at times people found catfish would hit these baits with additional red coloring but not the unaltered ones. Monofilament costs less than braided line, but it's more likely to break off under excessive pressure if your drag is too tight. If you want to use chicken gizzards to catch catfish, try soaking the gizzards in chicken liver blood. I fill or roll the liver in the netting to whatever size I want, and seal it with a paper coated garbage bag type twist tie wire. Hotdogs , stink bait, corn , dip baits in order. Water stained; 71 degrees; 1.44’ low. One guy told me he could not get the corn to stay on his hook. Usually take shrimp too. Here are the six best ways to keep chicken liver on your hook. Are you kidding. so it can be a crap shoot. Last advice patience. A here fishy fishy song always brings luck. You can feed the wire through the liver, netting, or twist the ends closed around the hook in any configuration you want… or, just put the sealed liver pill on your hook and it will be very hard for a small fish to remove. When using chicken livers, the biggest problem most fishermen face is keeping them on the hook. I use chicken livers for channel cats, and on my rig I catch anywhere from fingerling size to 5 pounds. Well that didn’t happen so I decided to throw on a treble hook and slice off a hefty 3 inch long piece of deer steak. I am one of these people that like to use Chicken Livers to fish for catfish .. We have all three species of catfish in the Rio Grande and the Flathead Catfish only seem to like worms. I am not knocking those that prefer catfishing with chicken livers but many anglers use them because that’s what they think they’re “supposed to do”. Chicken livers for instance are a prime cat bait but very soft indeed. I’ve never had a day like that since. Now, with all this in mind, there was a point and time where I had perfected the art of using chicken liver for catfishing. Keep RM coming! Possibly the weirdest thing we’ve ever read to catch a fish – chunks of ivory soap have … BTW – cut gills or shad work best for me. If it has success with catfish I had rather use it than chicken liver. But trusting in his advanced years I started my search and soon found out there is such a thing. Take a kid and teach em to be safe and enjoy it. Another mistake is putting an oversized piece of liver on the hook. Many anglers immediately start discussing using chicken liver for catfish bait in my encounters with them . Matt is a painter and part-time writer who loves fishing and metal detecting. For blue cat shad, live or dead, is definitely better. I have found that livers produce numbers not trophy cats. Depending on the size of chicken liver or other bait you want on your hook, cut a big enough square of hosery to wrap your bait up in (works good on bacon too). Been fishing for channel cat for many, many years, and I’ve tried everything, including Catfish Charlie, other dough and stink baits, pork liver, beef liver, goose liver, rabbit liver, turkey liver, peeled crawdad tails, river crawlers, Canadian crawlers, red Wiggler’s, perch, minnows, shiners, gold fish, shrimp, cut shad,hot dogs, chicken liver, and more. The downside of using braid, other than the price, is breaking off snags is harder and can cut your hands without wearing gloves, but with monofilament, the line breaks at the hook with one hard tug. This will make the gizzards and hearts a much better bait. SwampHanger. I love to catfish and have done so for many years. I want to toss another bail in the mix. If you’re after larger channel catfish then fresh cut bait is a better alternative. They’re messy, difficult to keep on the hook, and as a general rule there are far more effective baits available to catch catfish that are much easier to use and much more cost effective. It may not quite be the best bait or rig ever, but it is better than anything I have ever seen. Treble hook barbs are very sharp and effective for setting the hook too. Anything you cam share is appreciated. Garlic dried chicken livers For Catfish bait; Print; Pages:  Go Down. After reading all of this, I feel like I am holding an empty bag. Chicken livers is the go to bait for most catfish fishermen for one reason. I would like to know how to keep liver on the hook, I use elastic thread, have for yrs. As we discussed earlier, catfish will feed on dead and rotting fish and animals … mainly cause i dont knot how to use them. I find late evening up into 10pm and early morning to be best. Hi chad I learned some rigs from you and hook ties I want to purchase tackle from your catalog I don’t know where I can order one at and are 2 piece cstfish rods any good some folks say no one piece are better and what’d a good baitcast reel thats not expensive with good drag and that you may have in your catalog for catfishin, Cedric, you can find the rods at http://whiskerseeker.com/catfish-rod-chad-ferguson-signature-series/, Check here for your question on two piece rods https://www.catfishedge.com/catfish-rods/. Some folks will use proper hook placement in the bait in order to keep the mesh bag shut. Jun 16, 2014 - Chicken livers are a popular bait for catfish but should you really be using chicken livers for catfish bait? The reason is simple: livers produce catfish and lots of them. Live shad & Lager Minnows, Blugill, even live Goldfish never let me down. They stay on the hook without all the added frustration of using gauze or thread. Chicken Liver 99% of the time and worms on occasions maybe if given to me. Use garlic in fresh or powdered form to turn a ball of bait dough or some chicken livers into what is commonly called stink bait. What I’ve learned from survival training school, you can use fish, and animal, entrails as bait, even the eyes,(Which stay on a hook a very long time). Not to mention it breaks rather easily. If your baiting up with some sort of liver, ask yourself why, and really take a close look at whether or not they are truly a good choice of catfish bait for you. If the channel cats are biting, they will usually go for chicken livers. Whatever i had or could find. When it comes time to think about classic catfish bait, it is hard to come across someone who doesn’t mention liver or raw meat. The egg loop knot is a great knot … OP. A 50 pounder? Catfishing tips, techniques and information from professional catfish guides anglers. But remember to change bait ever twenty minutes or so. or, you can always use liver flavored dough bait. I've experimented with different baits for catching channel catfish, including night crawlers and prepared stink bait, but the most effective is fresh chicken liver from the grocery store. The meat is too tender and won't stay on a circle hook alone when casting. Has anyone ever tried beef liver? Posts: 108. Turkey livers are not widely available but you can purchase them through a local butcher (they may have to special order them). . But my tried and true catfish bait is wigglers and paitence. Should You Really Be Using Chicken Livers For Catfish Bait? Color – It’s common practice to soak chicken livers in red food coloring. One day I went at noon and didn’t catch anything until 830 when the sun started going down. Author Topic: Garlic dried chicken livers For Catfish bait (Read 17480 times) 0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic. Re: chicken liver + kool aid [ QUOTE ] I have alway been told that catfish love chicken livers mixed with cherry kool aid. Yes, Are they a catfish bait that you should use as a “go to” bait? My favorite bait is bream, live for flat heads and cut for blue and channel. Hooks that small will get them. Have used liver but messy and hard to keep on the hook. Presenting Bait The juice and smell from the meat in the water is a powerful attractant. Lol he used his samich too. If you’re dead set on fishing with livers then by all means give turkey livers a try. do you cut the fish or just hook them. It was a very nice channel cat of 22″. Fishing for catfish with chicken liver can be really effective. I still use beef liver on occasion but it must be fresh. I use an egg sinker on braided line with a leader between the sinker and hook. Just as I was pulling the hook out my friend caught one about the same size. LOL Keep up the good work, and thank you for all that you do for us. Works much better with the mosquito netting, stronger, and long enough to cut in 3 or 4 sections each. If … Braided line is more expensive, but the line is stronger and less likely to break when reeling in fish through heavy weeds. Does it have real blood? The heavier egg sinkers allow you to cast farther. You can press a chunk of bait into all three barbs to help keep it from falling off when casting, or you can use liver hooks equipped with a bait holder clip. This is the exception and not the rule. Why? STEP 2: When it's mixed, put it in some small dishes...then put whatever you're not going to use in a freezer. And, I never found any shad in AZ, so that was out of the question. Have fished my whole life, used many bates. Liver/Raw Meat (Chicken Liver, Beef Cuts, etc.) This helps keep the bait on when casting, but it doesn't work as good as tubular netting. Old Man Liver. Is chicken liver the best bait for catfish? I no how t o use liver its good shad is great but I was hoping to find a better bait to use what is it. Next I get a small ice chest and take my liver in it all day and it stays firm all day. The trick is to keep the chicken liver container on ice inside of a cooler, not in the sun, otherwise the meat melts and it's difficult to fish with. Chicken liver has worked great for me. I take a tribal hook and snap swivel,push a solid piece of liver over the hook so all three barbs are in the liver.snap it back on and lob,don’t cast hard.I have done this for years and caught my fair share of cats.My dad always said the bigger the baits the bigger the fish. 10 mins later I landed a 45lb flathead!. Get more exclusive catfish fishing tips here by email, make sure to subscribe to my Youtube channel and follow me on Instagram and Twitter. They're delicious. It’s close, but still not the same as the real thing. Now, before you chicken liver lovers get all stirred up……, Can you catch catfish with chicken liver? My surgical net just turned white after 15 minutes after soaking blood red for a week with livers in it. Thats what the wiskers are for. Lots of other bait information on the site! I’ve used chicken liver for catfish. Depending on the size of chicken liver or other bait you want on your hook, cut a big enough square of hosery to wrap your bait up in (works good on bacon too). How to tie an egg loop knot - Keep chicken liver on the hook for catfish How to tie an egg loop knot and how to use an egg loop knot. Last weekend I used the bucket/gold fish/ once frozen shad/Chicken Livers. But if you are wanting trophies than shad/bluegills are the only way to go IME. My second bait is perch small to mediums I fish them live anything bigger than the mediums I use as cut bait. here in Central Ga. they really do work, day or night. Chicken livers are what my Grandpa caught everything on and have been awesome for me! I’m sorry again I do like liver I’ve got a better way to keep liver on a hook if anyone wants to see let me no its great. Than one time I took a can of each, no bites on cheap type than switched over to the jolly green giant brand and BINGO the cats started hitting . I went to go pee and forgot to open the bail. Crawdads , Shrimp whole that is being thrown out the grocery can’t sell is sometimes Awesome. Chicken livers are the best bait I have used caught multiple blue cats off of them in the last week I have caught 6 big blues biggest one 22 pounds they have never failed me your main argument they are messy and and don’t stay on the hook don’t be a pussy your fishing your getting messy ether way second take some sowing thread and wrap it on the hook it won’t go no where and if you can’t get cut bait orr live bait they are cheap and easily obtained unlock live bait or cut bait. Then I tie the other end, and trim off the excess thread. Catfish are good on stinkbait, cut bait, and live bait. But if you look around where you fish for something they eat use it. Thanks for the tips about turkey and rooster livers, I will look for these. Once the cats find the bait, they have trouble resisting them. We have a cow processed every year and never eat the liver. When fishing with liver, it's important to store the container in a cooler to keep them firm and easier to bait onto a hook. After that it was many smaller channels. My line set up is similar to a Carolina rig, but I use a treble hook instead of a circle hook. Turkey livers are tougher than chicken livers, will stay on the hook better. I go to beef liver when some other things are not working. The twist tie wire is very flexible and light weight so a small pair of toenail clippers is all you need to trim if necessary. Good information Chad! Here are the things you’ll need to make your own catfish bait: 1 1/2 c. Livers (Chicken, Deer, Cow, whatever you have) Chicken livers are the most overhyped and over rated catfish bait ever! The trick is to keep the bait fresh. On the topic of what is the best, easiest, and most cost effective way to attach chicken liver, hot dogs, or other similar dead bait to a hook, I deliberately sat and considered the endless possibilities short of buying liver specific hooks on one fine and very boring day. For catching numbers of channel catfish it’s hard to beat prepared baits. https://www.tasteofsouthern.com/southern-fried-chicken-livers-recipe The biggest challenge with using liver for bait is keeping the meat on the hook. Dad using can corn. 1 with Mr Catfish dip bait-0. It was about 2 hrs before dusk. I use 20-pound braided fishing line for catfish. 1 with chicken liver,the crayfish would destroy it first. Love your site and information bids Chad! Twice I caught 2 at the same time. The biggest issue encountererd when fishing with liver, pastes, cod roe or very soft fish sections such as sardine is keeping the bait on the hook for all but the softest underarm swing. That isn’t true for the gizzards. I hope your not mad at me just thought there was more to the story. One time I used the tough fat from a chicken thigh. Fishing for Big Catfish with Livers and CUT Bait to see wich works best for channel catfish . But next day may not work as well. Usually chicken liver, it has been used for a very long time to catch Channel Catfish. All you talked about was chicken livers. To get on the fast track catching catfish check out the Catfish Edge products for in depth tutorials and information on locating and catching catfish using a variety of techniques. We also have a dough bait recipe that you can use chicken livers in as well. For the wire, I’ve upgraded to 26 gauge floral wire I found in my wife’s craft room.. comes from Michael’s or Hobby Lobby I think. I’m of the opinion that chicken liver is one of the most overrated, overhyped baits ever. You DO NOT want to dispose of your bait balls into the river where a fish could potentially swallow it and die. Usually I use fish guts, stomach, intestines, or if I’m lucky to score chicken entrails, I’ll use the guts for holders. Have a rag handy for easy clean up after handling them. The one with liver on it gets used the most. Check out my best tricks and tips to catching catfish with chicken liver. After last night I am a fan. Theyll find it. But for eater size cats I go with worm/liver combo. Then put your hook thru the panty hose and bait, will stay on hook and still give off the smells of the liver as the water and aromas will travel thru the panty hose, and bait stays put. Ivory Soap. They work best with a treble hook. A feeding catfish will eat almost anything. Most of these recipes involve running the livers through a blender or a grinder and adding them to either a cheese based bait or even a dough bait. I’ve had luck using minnows and small brim for those. S. SunUpSunDown OP. Lost my pole over that one. So what’s better than livers, cut or live bait? Oh, I suppose I should explain a little. The surgilast or surgi glide tubing is great and all I use if I’m using livers but I make my liver balls softball size and they work very well. SunUpSunDown. When people find out I’m a catfish guide or call me about booking guided fishing trips often one of the first questions they as is whether I use chicken liver for bait (after they ask if we have to fish at night to catch catfish). Most people that are using chicken liver are doing so in the absence of having another bait available (i.e. https://www.fieldandstream.com/.../07/chicken-livers-secret-striper-bait will stay on hook better. The livers IME have caught more eating size cats usually channels, while the shad catch the bigger bragging size cats which are usually the flatheads. Channel catfish aren't my favorite for eating, but they're one of my favorite fish to reel in. Mine too!! Chicken Livers work for catfish like no other. Fishing with chicken livers is one of the best baits to use to catch catfish and even other fresh water fish in lakes, ponds and rivers. I know some catfish guides (and some tournament anglers) that use chicken liver for channel catfish (and even on occasion blue catfish) but these are usually third or fourth string baits for them if the fish are not hitting anything else (or for some reason they don’t have or cannot catch Threadfin Shad or Gizzard Shad for fresh bait). whats the best chicken breast recipes for catfish bait ? I said they’re not all they’re cracked up to be. His issue the fact is said “blood flavored”. I’ve been using chicken livers for decades and I catch channels quite often. . stevew. This Creek runs into the Ohio river but it’s pretty far up stream. The hands-down favorite bait for catfishing on the Mississippi River is skipjack herring. Participant. I like to use pork and beef liver for catfish. Harker Heights Tx. Chicken Liver Chum Bait! I have found the mosquito net fabric to be extremely durable while still letting the juices flow. Use garlic in fresh or powdered form to turn a ball of bait dough or some chicken livers into what is commonly called stink bait. In swift water on chattahoochee bibb mill dam we used big roachy bugs Have used barbeque fat meat. But using raw chicken livers, some like them fresh, some like them stinky rotten. Outdoorsman. I used to live in Phoenix, AZ and when fishing the lakes at night, we found that the catfish much preferred to hit on chicken livers. they cannot catch shad or don’t have prepared baits available) or they don’t know any better. July 9, 2013 at 12:48 pm #1223032. So, I don’t claim to be an expert Cat man, but I do love to fish for Channels. XD obviously they are they are they produce fish And yeah if your going after monster 30+ pounders bigger baits work but I have caught 80+ catfish in 2 months with liver all pretty big biggest one 22 and 30 pounds. Chicken livers and worms have been and always will be my go-to. I don’t personally know anyone that heads into a trip with the intentions of using chicken livers as a primary bait. Want more catfishing tips on baits, how to catch catfish and more? These Tennessee catfish devoured chunks of chicken. Havent seen many chickens swimming around. Another tip is to keep your bait fresh. . When using chicken liver for bait, I've had the most success shore fishing in the back water of rivers, channels, or below a dam, using a rod holder positioned on the bank. You said there were better baits than chic livers, yet the whole artical is about chic livers. I cut a length of the mesh tubing about 2″ long, and tie off one end with kite string which is about $1.69 for 500 feet of the stuff.. Elastic thread is just a PITA because I can never seem to get it tight enough, because it stretches. Filed Under: Catfish Bait Tagged With: catfish bait, catfish baits, chicken liver, chicken livers, Chad Ferguson is a pro catfish guide with over fifteen years experience fishing professionally for catfish, outdoor writer, photographer and noted authority on catfish fishing. Liver & Soft Bait Rigs. The strong odor of the garlic will quickly spread through the water once you drop in your line. Happy Fishing!!!! I can reel in bigger fish without worrying about breakage. You often have to buy a large quantity but if you fish on a regular basis you won’t have to buy so many turkey livers that you won’t use them (and you can keep them frozen). Find a fishing hole known to hold channel catfish. For yellow cat, live perch. Thanks God bless. We’re do I find channel cats when’s it 95 degrees in the day time I’m trying to let my 8 yearcold catch his first catfish. Matt writes about various topics. Chicken livers are only one tool in the toolbox of a well rounded catfisherman. I use gauze, and panty hose. When garlic-cheese and worms fail me (I fish the Rio Grande) then I try my fresh liver that I Keep as cold as possible so it will stay on the hook and it has worked many times when other baits have failed me. The next morning I fished 8am-1pm & caught 25. When I use chicken liver bait, I fish from the shore, using a rod holder and a fishing bell clipped onto an eyelet near the top of the pole. can of garlic salt. I put 1teaspoon of vanilla extract and a good sprinkling of garlic salt on them stir good and go fishing. Caught three big blues and one nice channel cat all on liver. Hook it into a quick clip. No. The best way to fish for catfish with chicken livers is to use a circle hook, and no weights. Natural Baits work best for all including Channel cats. Tie Off Your Bait. To keep the bait on the hook, (I NEVER use treble hooks!) Scents – In addition to adding coloring, adding additional scent is a fairly common practice. I’m just getting into fish at the ripe old age of 40. Outside of just adding livers to a hook and fishing with them, it is fairly common practice for those making their own homemade catfish bait to add livers to their recipes. I set the hook and got the fight of my life. You can find it on Amazon at $12 for 20′ (25 yards stretched). The cereal serves as a binder that gives the bait the proper consistency. Gary, check out the other catfish bait articles on the site. Using the wrong hook, or casting too hard, will send the bait flying into the middle of the lake when you cast. I kept my catfish rod in a holder while I fished for walleye with another rod. Never said they don’t work. Each these tips for fishing with chicken liver has its pro's and con's. Be sure to store your chicken liver mesh balls in the same container as your unused liver, so it can retain it’s bloody juices and not dry out, and keep them refrigerated. Treble hooks keep chicken liver on longer. I did love the story. For the next 3 hrs we each caught a channel every 5 to 20 mins. Thanks for the article.