Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 21, 2011

Andy Whitcomb

Easy Cleanup Bait

What is wrong with this picture?

Not a thing, according to Keith Sutton who was Executive Director of the Future Fisherman Foundation, (which creates and assists a variety of programs for hands-on fishing experiences for children) and author of several books on fishing for catfish.

Although soap may not make many bait type lists, Mr. Sutton said that using soap for catfish bait has been used “for decades with great success.”

“Old timers on the rivers I fished as a youngster often baited trotlines with chunks cut from bars of Ivory soap,” he wrote.

I even watched Jeremy Wade use soap for bait in an episode of “River Monsters.”

And not just Ivory works. Mike and Jacinda Kachner have had great luck with Irish Spring. They said it worked just about as well as grasshoppers for catfish. It slowly dissolves and the scent can travel and attract from great distances. Might make you think twice before bathing in the lake or river?

When asked about this, a contact for Proctor and Gamble shared that they often hear of unusual applications for their products.  However, understandably, they only recommend using the soap for its designed purpose.

Just something to consider if one runs out of bait and starts looking around for something else to impale on a hook. While waiting for a bite, I guess you could even try your hand at sculpting.

Plus, when you also consider that many catfish trips may include such baits as chicken livers, cut shad, or the aptly named “stink bait,” there is some appeal to not taking on these odors.

Instead, perhaps one could return home smelling as fresh as, well, a catfish rolled in daisies.

Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad living in Oklahoma. Visit him at www.justkeepreeling.com.

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Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad. He says there are “people who fish”… and there are “fishermen”. One of the few things he knows is that he is a “fisherman”... To the point it could be classified as borderline illness. Sharing this obsession is rewarding, therapeutic. He likes to encourage people to “stop and smell the crappie." Enjoys catching fish, but gets a greater thrill out of helping someone else hook up. Born in Florida, but raised on the banks of Oklahoma farm ponds. Now relocated to western Pennsylvania. He has fished, worked, lived all around the US. He has a B.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State as well... And he met his wife while electrofishing. He has been contributing weekly to www.takemefishing.org since 2011.                                                                                Find out about the rest of Take Me Fishing Blog Authors.
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0 responses to “Easy Cleanup Bait”

  1. brendyn says:

    i bet when you get to the docks a angler might ask “why does your fish smell like soap?”

  2. BIGGuyfishing says:

    Now that’s something that can save guys a lot of grief from the ladies. Oops maybe not. The ladies will start to notice when all their fancy smelling soap disappears. I’ll have to check into that one.

  3. simplelife2000 says:

    Learned this on River Monsters. But even more obscure….There’s a guy in this area that uses just a cut piece of an aluminum pie pan and gets terrific results too.

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