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    Old Mossy Horns Mr.Gadget's Avatar
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    Default what all bait have you used for catfish? Deer heart?

    We had a few deer a hunt camp this week, both were heart shots but I saved them anyways.

    They look to hold a lot of blood and have thd normal blood heart smell...
    So I chucked them in the freeze for the dogs. But after thinking about it they would make a great bait for catfishing.

    Why not, people use chicken hearts, livers, and other chicken parts.....
    Are we all passing up great free bait for catfish?

    Maybe I should have saved the liver also.
    All that stuff would be used as cut chunk bait or used in a stink bait or dip bait could it not?

    Any thoughts?
    Was thinking of fat mullet also that is left over from surf fishing..

    Not having good luck the last few times getting shad so trying to give other bait a try.

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    I've always had the best luck using small panfish ( live ) 2 to 5 inches <or>......but give those deer hearts a try , you may get the surprise of your fishing trip !
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    Can not find anything in the rule book that said legal or not so I guess it would be legal.

    In TN when I lived there you could not use any fish or game that had a rule or limit on it.
    That cut some of the pan fish and stuff out but cant see that in NC.

    Going to give it a try when deer season is done and see how it will do.
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    I've used beef liver several times in a lake setting for trotlining catfish and it worked great. I have a buddy that lets his soak in garlic salt for a week or so in the fridge in a Ziploc bag and he swears it makes it tough and the catfish really love it.
    I see no reason why heart wouldn't work, although as a muscle it may not be as porous as liver to hold the smell.

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    I have great luck with garlic chicken strips in the Catawba river chain. The catfish in the Yadkin chain don't like it as much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Gadget View Post

    They look to hold a lot of blood and have thd normal blood heart smell...
    So I chucked them in the freeze for the dogs. But after thinking about it they would make a great bait for catfishing.
    deer heart is hands down the BEST catfish bait I have ever used.....not only is it extremely effective, it stays in the hook very well

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    garlic chicken is deadly on the Catawba river chain I agree but I've also used deer heart on Norman and caught blues it works
    Last edited by Huffy; 11-29-2016 at 01:05 PM.

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    Interesting concept. I may just keep the next deer heart I shoot....If i can see'em 1st

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    catfish will eat anything, i suggest you try some tarsal glands.

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    Catfish is primarily the fish I target year round. You can use all the stink and blood baits you want, but I have the best luck depending of species I am targeting on the best live or freshest cut bait I can use. And I think most of the guys that catch larger catfish will echo the same.

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