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Carp And Catfish Fishing Secrets

Updated on November 30, 2008

Catfish and Carp Fishing Secrets

I have been fishing for Carp and Catfish all my life and I have caught my fair share of both Catfish and Carp. All through the years I have learned through trial and error some great secrets about Carp and Catfish fishing and I plan to share those secrets here. Plus I will be doing other hubs on trout fishing and etc. If you read along and try them out you might just find that an old fisherman can teach you a thing or two.

Catfish Bait For Farm Ponds

If you have never used Chicken Livers for bait on a farm pond you should give it a try. Farm Pond Catfish just simply love chicken livers and will be right after them.

Creating A Farm Pond Honey Hole

You can create what I call a Honey Hole in almost any farm pond. You want a area of the pond where there is a submerged tree or rocks if possible. This will already be attracting fish. Now what you want to do is take 6 large cans of Alpo and drive 30-40 large nail holes in each can. Place these cans of dog food in an onion sack that ties at the top where you can attach a sturdy rope. You want to let this onion sack filled with the punctured cans of dog food down beside the underwater stucture what ever it is. Wait 24 to 48 hours and come back and fish in this area. You will be surprised at how this will improve your fishing. It will last and attract fish for 3-5 days. You can if you wish add fresh cans of dog food and keep the fish coming.

Catfish Baits You May Have Over Looked

1. Boiled Shrimp

2. Colored Marsh Mallows

3. Chicken Livers

4. Breaded Chicken Nuggets

5. Small Pieces of Yellow Cloth soaked overnight in Vanilla Flavoring. You want to fish these under a bobber in a farm pond about 2-3 ft off the bottom of the pond. And the brighter yellow cloth you can find the better it will work. Move it around from time to time to keep the fish interested.

River Carp Fishing Secret Bait

I have had great success fishing in quite holes in rivers for Carp and big Catfish using the below bait recipe. It works really great.

3-5 Pound Walmart Brand Cheap Catfood

3 Lb. Cornmeal

4 Boxes of Strawberry Jello ( Dry )

1 Lg. Bottle Imitation Vanillia Flavoring

4 Large Eggs beaten very well

1 Small Jar Instant Coffee ( Any Brand )

Mix all your bait in a large bowl and add only enough water to make it so you can work it into balls. Place in refrigerator a mininum of 3 days before you use. When you go fishing take along loaf bread and mix a little loaf bread into each dough ball to make it stay on hook well. This bait works really well for me just after the weather turns warmer at night and for a few weeks after. Carp and Catfish are hungry at this time and out looking for a meal. The Strawberry Jello works as an excellent attracter to get the fish coming in and taking the bait.

Some Great Carp And Catfish Photos

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Carp fishing 2007

Mixing Ground Bait for Carp Fish

My Secret Carp Baits

Here are several of my secret carp baits. I have used these mostly in Ponds and Lakes with great success.

Peanut Butter For Carp

1 Quart of Smooth Peanut Butter

1 Cup of Flour

1 Lg Pkg Strawberry Jello ( Yes the dry powder mix )

1 Cup of Old Fasioned Oatmeal

4 Large Eggs , Well Beaten

Add all your ingredients into a large bowl and mix together well. Now here is the secrets. Put all your well mixed ingredients into a large plastic bag and seal well. Put it into your refrigerator drawer for two weeks before use. Buy a fresh loaf of bread when you get ready to go fishing and mix the center of a slice of bread with a lump of your homemade bait and press and work it onto your hook. This bait works perfect for carp and catfish both.

Another Great Carp Bait

1 lg bag of Coco Krispies

2 Lg Pkgs Strawberry Jello , ( Yes the dry powder stuff )

1 Two Pound Bag of Flour

4 Large Eggs Well Beaten

1 Lg Bottle Imitation Vanilia Flavoring

Mix your bait up well and again if possible put it in the refrigerator for 2 weeks. When you take it out to go fishing mix in one large bottle of chocolate syrup. As in the above recipe before you go fishing buy a loaf of bread and use the center out of each slice along with some of the bait you made to make a dough ball and form it tightly around your hook.

A Great Carp or Catfish Bait

1 Two Pound Bag of Yellow Cornmeal

1 Two Pound Bag of White Cornmeal

2 Lg Pkgs Strawberry Jello ( Yes the dry powder stuff )

2 Lg Pkgs Grape Jello ( Yes the dry powder stuff )

1 Quart of very well drained canned whole kernnel corn.

4 Lg Well Beaten Eggs

Mix it all up in a large bowl and then place it in a large plastic bag. Now here comes the tricky part and it works great. As in the above recipes you want to mix it with fresh loaf bread into a firm ball on your hook. But with this bait we take it a step or two futher. When you get ready to go fishing put two large containers of strawberry jello dry powder into a baggie. As you get ready to use each dough ball dip it into the dry strawberry jello and pack some onto each dough ball. Believe me it is a little more trouble but with this bait you will catch a lot more fish. And bigger fish.

Big catfish

Strawberry Jello Is A Secret Wepon

Yes it is. If you already have your own secret carp or catfish bait that you make try dipping your dough balls into dry strawberry jello powder before you use them. You will find that you will get a lot more bites and you will catch more fish. You want to pack it onto your dough balls so it will tend to melt off and drift off into the water attracting the fish to your dough ball. Dry Strawberry Jello works better than any thing else I have ever found.

Another secret I will share about farm pond catfish is that if you are fishing with a bobber go to the extra effort to find and buy clear bobbers. You will be glad you did and again you will catch more fish.

Blue Gill Or Crappie Fly Fishing With A Regular Rod And Reel

If you have never tried it and you have access to a farm pond you should try fly fishing with a regular rod and reel. If you use a light weight rod and reel it can be some of the best fun you have ever had. You will need a light weight rod and reel and a dozen or so dry trout flies. But most important of all you will need several clear fishing bobbers. Only the clear ones will work for what we are going to do.

You want to put your clear fishing bobber on your fishing line and about two foot below the bobber tie on the trout flie. Use no leader or sinker. You want it to look as natural as possible. Now you remember those warm spring days when the blue gill or crappie are feeding on something on top of the water and you can't get them to bite a worm no matter how hard you try. Well guess what if you catch them feeding on top of the water take your light weight fishing rod with the trout fly tied on the line and toss it out where they are feeding. You may need to adjust the color but once you get them biting you will just love it. And bite they will. This also works great on trout in ponds or in big pools in rivers. At times it will work when nothing else will. Yellow colored trout flies seem to work best on crappie and blue gill. Give it a try to use the comment section below to let us know what you think.

Dealing With Pan Fish Stealing Worms

Do you ever fish where it seems the fish are eating up all your worms but your catching on a fish every now and then. Well let me tell you about a deep south fishing trick that is used on crappie and bream by some fishermen. In your tackle box keep a couple spools of black sewing thread and a pack of sewing needles. Thread a sewing needle with a strand of black sewing thread. Take it up thru the worm and thru the eye of the hook and tie it off. You will find that if you do it you will rid yourself of worm stealing fish and you will catch a lot more fish.


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      6 years ago

      Great advice and videos, especially the big catfish video. the best bait for catfish for me, would be shrimp. i have caught many good size fish myself

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      6 years ago from Dhaka

      I love Carp Fishing. You have show fishing. So thank you .In the year 2004 I had caught a carp fish. That was about 10 lb. That was red color for looking. I think that carp fish age was near about five years. Has more carp fish like that carp fish in my pond. In this site I explain these.

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      late night fisherman 

      7 years ago

      well i have also had good luck with bucket steak soaked in cherry koolaid over night and another good trick is garlic soaked shrimp it tends to work pretty good as well. If anyone has any other tricks od the trade send them my way at please i am a hardcore fisher i go at least 5 days a week but all night trips.

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      7 years ago

      thanks for the recipe, i will give it a go sometime soon.

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      7 years ago

      I cannot imagine carps love peanut butter. How come they love to eat all my favorite food?

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      8 years ago from Miami Florida

      Yes some great information here. I love to go catfishing and love to find new ways to catch them. Thank you for this great hubpage.

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      Danny Joy 

      9 years ago

      Wow your page is great! I've just set up my own. I'm going to do some more work on it tommorow. Check it out and leave a comment if you like.

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      Carp Fishing Tackle 

      9 years ago

      I often use this bait recipe: Mix Bisquick and cornmeal 2:1, add egg and milk to form dough balls. if your brave you can leave this to get a bit smelly for a couple of days.

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      michael 'carper' young 

      9 years ago

      xcellent site, great tips. will try your recipe out 2morow. keep up the good work

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      fish d dudley 

      9 years ago

      thanks for the tips.. will give them a try

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      Gus Thomas 

      9 years ago

      Your site is awesome. I am working on my site, but it is just a simple blog for now. Keep up the good work.

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      The Fisherman 

      9 years ago

      I love the videos. Good post.

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      Thomas Byers 

      10 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Thanks for the comment. And yes there are some good tricks there to use.

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      10 years ago from Space

      Some nice and detailed fishing advice here! I'm sure all the fishing enthusiast will appreciate it, great Hub!


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