Omaha Red Sox wrote:I can't remember what it's called, but there's a ball (of sorts) rigged up in a tree of everything disgusting used to attract maggots that are used as bait. Saw one of these a while ago that your account reminded me of. Nearly lost my lunch. I don't think bait is worth that.
Do you ever watch River Monsters? One of the epis they were fishing for giant catfish (again), and a local brought his special bait. It was the intestines of something like 10 chickens, still filled with the err 'natural filler' in the intestines, put in a coffee can, covered and left to sit in the sun for something like 10 days. Jeremy Wade, the host, touched it with bare hands and even after several days of scrubbing his hands still smelled like it.
There are large channel cats in my pond but I don't target those. We used chicken liver to catch them when I was a kid and liver smells bad enough to me that I don't want to touch it, let alone smell it on my hands afterwards. Just give me artificials and fish slime.