How to Use Shrimp as a Bait for Catfish
It seems that a lot of recreational fisherman who go after catfish search for tips, to improve their technique. That’s understandable. Although catfish are easier to catch, it's always good to up your game.
Good news! There are some proven, high-effective strategies that increase your chances at luring one of these monsters. So, get ready to reel them in!
One of the easiest ways to improve your chances of catching this bottom dweller is by using the right type of bait.
Over the years, fishermen suggest all different types of bait for catfish, but we’ve discovered a current type of bait that far exceeds any of the other recommendations: shrimp! Good stinky shrimp!
Yes, baiting your line with those little crustaceans can help you score a huge catfish haul.
These bottom dwelling fish love the taste and will latch onto your lure, when you have them draped in shrimp. But how do you use shrimp as catfish bait?
Here are some tips to that will help you
Bait your hook nice and proper, so that you can attract a bounty of catfish.
Whether fresh or frozen shrimp, it doesn't matter. I'd recommend you buy the cheaper stuff.
You have two options when it comes to using shrimp as catfish bait: stinky or not stinky. If you’re going with fresh shrimp, make sure that you use them almost as soon as you buy them.
Stinky shrimp are a better option in my opinion. Why? Because catfish LOVE stinky stuff. Why? I don't really know but they do.
Put them right into an airtight zip lock bag, and let them sit in the sun for a day or two. When their done, take them with you fishing.
It is very important that you have your shrimp well-sealed, if you're leaving them out to get some extra stink. You don't want to have flies festering around or, worse, inside of your shrimp. That happened to me one time...I didn't eat shrimp for months.
Whichever option you choose – fresh or stinky – baiting your hook with shrimp is pretty easy.
Attach them right onto your hook, just like any other bait that you use.
Once you've baited your hook, go ahead and cast your line into the water. Of course, you want to make sure that you have set up and secured your fishing rig, to attract and support a catfish.
Put a sturdy weight on your line, to make sure your shrimp falls to the bottom of the water. Remember, catfish are bottom dwellers. For good measure, get a bobber.
Does It Really Work?
Does using shrimp as catfish bait work? Dozens of anglers that reel in catfish say that they had excellent results. In fact, one guy we interviewed said that he was able haul in five huge catfish, within one hour! He baited his lines with shrimp! That's not to bad. So, if it works, why fix it?
Is it guaranteed to work? Well, like anything else in the fishing world, there aren’t any guarantees; however, it's worth a shot! What have you got to lose?
Catfish are far from picky. If you want to try something different, grab yourself a bag of shrimp from the store and go fishing!
Just be careful coming home with a brand new bag of shrimp. Your wife might be exited that you're cooking shrimp for dinner.
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