what is a good river cat fishing bait?

i just started fishing in the Catawba river and i done know what bait to use for cat fish. what is the best baits for catfish? i don’t have a boat i fish off the bank whats my best bet for a moderate sized cat?

shad,perch,bluegill,etc.you can fish em whole,or i like to open their gut and then double em over on the hook.i also like redworms and nightcrawlers when the water is up,and i just started using sonny’s super stinky channel cat bait with a sponge and treble hook.it has actually been very productive for me.i did however catch a 20 lb flathead on it.ive been hitting 6-10 lb fish every time i go out with that stinky goop.here i fish grand lake of the cherokees.the fishing down under the 10 bridge has been good with the stink bait as well as the mudflats just east of the bridge.the water is low and shad are everywhere,so the cats really aint hitting em so fast.white bass has been good here as well down there.im 5 minutes from 2 different boatramps and about 20 minutes from elk river ramp.

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  1. BOBBER says:

    Leopard frogs work great.
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  2. Russ Gabel says:

    Small cats will eat all of the strange stuff (stink baits, hot dogs, shrimp, worms, etc.), but if you want larger cats, I’d go with either cut bait (big minnows cut open or in half…make your bait about 4-5 inches long), or a big live minnow. The best bait to use is whatever they are used to eating in the river that you fish.

    I’m assuming that a ‘moderate sized’ cat is somewhere between 10 and 20 pounds. Smaller than 10 pounds, and you can usually get away with using what we call "surf & turf"…a couple of night crawlers and a shrimp tail (small ones that you buy at the store)
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  3. idontgivafork says:

    shad,perch,bluegill,etc.you can fish em whole,or i like to open their gut and then double em over on the hook.i also like redworms and nightcrawlers when the water is up,and i just started using sonny’s super stinky channel cat bait with a sponge and treble hook.it has actually been very productive for me.i did however catch a 20 lb flathead on it.ive been hitting 6-10 lb fish every time i go out with that stinky goop.here i fish grand lake of the cherokees.the fishing down under the 10 bridge has been good with the stink bait as well as the mudflats just east of the bridge.the water is low and shad are everywhere,so the cats really aint hitting em so fast.white bass has been good here as well down there.im 5 minutes from 2 different boatramps and about 20 minutes from elk river ramp.
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