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I found some chicken wire in the basement and thought Id make a catfish trap.....IMO a trap is the best way to fish while your ENE'ing or held up at the house..Frees you up to do other things and if your ENE'ing its easy to hide. It also enables you to catch a few fish at one time..

Took about more than an hour to make and all i used was my Multi-Tool and some pull ties..

Cut the to about 18 inches and molded it to a tunnel shape...




Capped one end shut



I used to US Issue Decon box for the bait holder..Drilled some holes in it to let out the sent of the bait. I used Bacon because it nice and greasey so the catfish can smell it..






I made a small tunnel at one end so the fish could get it and not get out. I attached the pull up string at the front so the door is pointed up when i pull it up from the water..I also installed a hatchon the side so I can get the fish out easy...





Its in the creek now..I guess Ill check it in a few hours ....
 

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Thanks YSB...yeah I checked it many time..To the point I think I was disturbing it. Ov er excited on my part.. Not to surprising but nothing yet..LOL..So Im gonna wait till the sun falls then go check it..

BTW I was in the UK in Oct..We hit the New Forest and Dartmoor. (Dartmoor gave me a butt whoopen) .Pulled out my DPM tanker coveralls to work in today.. I bought in Portsmouth ..Love the UK..
 

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Nice work, but I'd clean up those little barbs on the edges of the entrance a bit, maybe even ziptie a some sticks around it to smoothe them and be sure that some of the bait protrudes from an inner surface of the bait box so it can be nibbled from the inside only.
 

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Thanks for the advice...Earlier I went and tossed in some old lunch meat we had to spice up the invite a bit as I was worried they wouldnt have anything to teas them in there...........Out of curisoity; why shave off the barbs?
 

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Try chicken livers for the bait, face the opening so that it faces up stream. My father-in-law built one years ago, one time it full of turtles one time perch one time cats and a few small fish.

They need to be checked (like most traps) once a day or at least once every two days.

I had a post, it might have been on the old site and is now gone.

Ours was about 18" diameter and was simular to what you built the majpr difference was that in the front we used a funnel or cone to dirrect them in.

I appluade your creativity. Traps are great because they let you fish when you are doing other things.

Just remember to check the legalities of such activities. Don't want to read about you in the paper.

We used t etrive ours ith a papers etention pole and roller (removing the cover and the cover support) leaves you with a long hook.

If Badtimes come i will build few and use the gusts of animals as bait. Intead of the black box you might try using a small mesh bag or a wire box (same wire as the cage) 4X3 suspended in the middle, to increase you scent dispersal.

Simular to this a little longer and with one funnel

 

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Thanks for the advice...Earlier I went and tossed in some old lunch meat we had to spice up the invite a bit as I was worried they wouldnt have anything to teas them in there...........Out of curisoity; why shave off the barbs?
Less likely to startle a cautious fish making its way into the trap. Getting stuck by one of those barbs might change its interest in eating there.
 

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Still nothing today..Guess Ill have to rethink my trap..Better now then when my life depends on the food it would produce...But hey thats what training and practice is for, right!?
 

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The fish trap funnel opening should face downstream.:)
You can also try a little cattle feed or cottonseed cake for bait to get you started.
 

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Re thinking my reply, it was early for me as i wrote it. We used to face it up stream but we did not bait it. We just left it on the bottom, towards the middle of the stream.

Sorry for the incomplete answer.

I guess it would make since to face it down stream if you bait it.

But i would make a funnel in the end and see if it helps
 

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Its a huge creek and the direction of the entrance really is moot here since grass grows fatser then the flow of the water. If it was a fast moving stream the rule would apply.

Im gonna start throwing all the old food like meats we throw away in the water around the pier to get the fish use to a finding food there..

O'well..Back to the drawing board for me..:D
 

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How To Make Catfish Bait - Homemade Recipes

The simplest of all cat fish bait recipes is the age-old hot dog. Simply cut up the hot dogs into one inch slices and push them up into a treble hook. Now you can stop there, but one of my favorite additions to the old hot dog catfish bait is to get a mason jar several days before going fishing and putting the cut up (one inch slices) hot dogs into the mason jar. Then thoroughly cover the hot dogs with garlic salt. Put on the lid, shake the jar ever so often and keep in the fridge until ready to go fishing. Cats love 'em and I'm sure you will too
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Homemade catfish bait
 

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Some stupid questions and ideas for you, sorry.:eek:

Are there actually catfish in your water?

Don't catfish live around structure?

Have you identified any log jams etc... where they might be holding up?

Baiting an area is a very good idea.

Have you tried making stinking corn?

Take a sack of dried corn and pore it into a large bucket which has a tight fitting lid.
Add boiling water so it just covers the corn.
Add a bag or two of sugar and stir.

Put the lid on the bucket, put it in the shade well away from your house (it really does stink!!!).
After 2 weeks you will have stinking corn.

This is a great and cheap way of providing ground bait.

As you said, throwing in left over food is a good idea as well.

YB:)
 

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Some stupid questions and ideas for you, sorry.:eek:

Are there actually catfish in your water?

Don't catfish live around structure?

Have you identified any log jams etc... where they might be holding up?

Baiting an area is a very good idea.

Have you tried making stinking corn?

Take a sack of dried corn and pore it into a large bucket which has a tight fitting lid.
Add boiling water so it just covers the corn.
Add a bag or two of sugar and stir.

Put the lid on the bucket, put it in the shade well away from your house (it really does stink!!!).
After 2 weeks you will have stinking corn.

This is a great and cheap way of providing ground bait.

As you said, throwing in left over food is a good idea as well.

YB:)
Yeah there are catfish traps out in the creek a boat comes and checks each day..The guy that lived here before me use to catch them and the old man next door has traps and catches them ..However I SUCK AT IT apparently.:D

I have heard the corn tip. Infact a guy in my group told it to me last night..

I ran about 3 lines today and cought ZIP..Im gonna try again late in the afternoon w/ the lines...I did get some bait stolen though so somthing is down there..

Trap is empty too but something ate all my bait....Ill soldier on though
 
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