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A Guide To Catfish Punch Bait

Sep 8, 2008
There are many commercial catfish baits out there, and while minnows is probably the most popular catfish bait around, there are lures, live baits, home made bait recipes, and commercial bait galore. If you would like to use commercial bait, a guide to catfish punch bait can probably help you to determine what is out there, so you can experiment on what is the best choice for you.

The first thing you need to do is consider some of the popular options for catfish punch bait, understand what the advantages of using punch bait to catch catfish are, and know how to use it effectively. There are several types and brand names of catfish punch bait.

Here are a few that are commonly recognized as being effective at catching catfish:
Sure Shot Catfish Punch Bait
Benny's catfish punch bait
Danny King's Catfish punch bait
Secret 7 Catfish punch bait

Catfish punch baits all have one specific thing in common--they attract the fish you want to catch by scent. The good thing is, no matter what the condition of the water--whether it is hot or cold, muddy or clear, deep or shallow, catfish will seek out a scent that tempts them. This is the objective of catfish punch bait--to attract their fish by putting out a scent to draw them onto your hook.

Punch baits come in plastic tubs or buckets. You can choose to use a sponge hook, dip worm, or spring hook to present most punch bait, but most makers advocate using punch bait by pushing a normal, run of the mill treble hook into the bait with something such as a paint stick, pulling it out, and casting what has stuck on your hook into the water. One of the most popular treble hooks you can use for punch bait is a #2 Eagle Claw Treble hook.

One major benefit of commercially prepared punch bait is the fact that it lasts forever, is available whenever you wish to use it, and requires no refrigeration. It can be stored indefinitely in your tackle box and used whenever you get a chance to put a hook into the water. Most commercial punch bait may be thickened easily by adding some cat tails, shredded paper toweling, or toilet paper into the mix. Likewise, it may be thinned, if it dries out a little too much by adding milk or water.

One thing to look for when choosing a catfish punch bait is how well it stays on your hook. A punch bait that is of insufficient texture will fall off the hook or dissipate in the water too quickly. A good catfish punch bait will remain on the hook for longer periods in the water. Again, the louder the scent, the better a punch bait generally tends to be. Catfish tend to possess a much more keen sense of smell and have other keen senses as well as being fierce hunters.

They are somewhat territorial, and when they smell something new and, to them, inviting in their territory, it will stimulate them into investigating and getting a taste of whatever it might be.
About the Author
Dan Eggertsen is a fishing researcher and enthusiast who is committed to providing the best catfish fishing information possible. Get more information on catfish bait here: http://www.askcatfishfishing.com/
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