By Josh Rouse
Catfish are one of the oddest species of freshwater game fish you’ll find in the United States.
Rather than hunting by sight, the way a bass does, catfish use their unusual sense of smell to locate their next meal. This leads to many anglers wearing plastic gloves, trying to scoop some of the stinkiest concoctions on Earth onto a treble hook — rotten chicken livers, soy beans, shad guts and more.
However, there are several other odd bait choices that can catch a catfish. Perhaps the strangest of those choices is soap.
Yes, Ivory bar soap will catch a catfish. Catfish love the smell of lye and will go after it just as well as any other stink bait. Anglers take the bar and cut it into small squares and cast it into a current so the smell will disperse and attract catfish.