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7 Bait Boosts for Summer Channel Catfish

Take your channel catfish baits from good enough to irresistible with these simple tricks.

7 Bait Boosts for Summer Channel Catfish

Channel cats are feeding up at this time of year. While lots of baits work, small tweaks to your live- and dead-bait offerings can produce even more action with little extra effort. (File photo)

Anglers use an amazing variety of baits to catch channel catfish. Natural baits including minnows, sunfish, shad, chubs, worms, frogs, crawfish and even grasshoppers work great whether dead or alive.

Some superb enticements are even found in grocery stores—things like poultry livers, chicken breasts, shrimp, hot dogs, cheese and Spam.

Don’t forget stinkbaits, either, whether homemade or store-bought. They smell horrible, but catfish find the taste and aroma tempting.

You can usually employ these baits just by putting them on a hook, but smart anglers...

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