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I have a friend who swears by using spam and hot dogs for catfish bait. Anyone ever try these things.

What is the most unusual bait you ever used?

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Dan, I have used junks of hot dog for bait. It works pretty good for catfish in lakes and reservoirs. I live in Fruita Colorado next to the Colorado river and use shrimp and crawdad tails as catfish bait on the river. I drift them through ripples leading into deep pools. Especially works well in early Fall. Those channel cats really smack it!
 

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Being from Nebraska and never fishign for trout until I got here I thought this was the strangest bait, the first time I went fishing here was with my girl's parents. When we got to the lake I was asking what they used for bait and they pulled out marshmellows like the hot chocolate kind. I was like errrrr. But I followed along put a marshmellow on and 2 salmon eggs and in my line went. Little less then a min I had reeled in my first trout, I then caught about 15 that day. I still think marshmellows are weird.
 

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Iv'e used hot dogs to catch crawdads, but never thought of trying them for catffish bait. The strangest, if you'd consider it strange, bait i have tried was probably another catfish's liver, just out of curiosity to see what would happen. I also have tried chicken hearts and gizzards, but gizzards are tough to get on a hook.
 

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How about the buzz-bait? I catch bass on these things and just have to laugh.

"A piece of wire, skirted trailer with a big flapping piece of metal that looks like something my kid would wrap a rubber band around and fly across the yard.....what are these bass thinking?"

If it didn't work, I wouldn't use 'em. Love that topwater action!....Come on Spring!!!
 

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Matt bass eat anything! I love fishing topwater for bass its very exciting to watch a bass crush a topwater bait wether its a buzzbait or pitchin a frog.
 

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I love the frogs too! But I tend to loose 50% of the strikes no matter how many times I tell myself..."Take a deep breath, then set the hook!"

Weedless frogs are theee ticket for some of the "slop-spots" I throw into. I've pulled in globs of salad and dug through a few inches of the stuff just to make sure the fish is still there.

Some of those (Heddon) bass plugs are pretty strange too. "I can't believe I'm fishing a round chunk of painted wood." Then WHAM! it's fish on.
 
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