Blood bait is an easy way to catch any type of fish and it’s a fun process too. Blood bait can be made at home with ease using basic kitchen ingredients.

This article will go in-depth on how to make blood bait the right way so that you can enjoy fishing even more!

What is Blood Bait?

Blood bait is a popular fish bait that contains a mixture of beef blood, cornmeal, flour, salt and garlic powder. Anglers mainly use this type of bait to catch catfish, for this reason, blood bait is also known as catfish blood bait.

Blood bait is a well-favored catfish bait among anglers to draw out big-sized blue and channel catfish.

Blood bait should not be left out for long periods of time when you are using it with other types of fishing. Blood bait can take up to two days before the smell will attract catfish in your area so make sure that if you plan on catching more than one type of fish then keep blood bait separate from each other.

Ingredients Required to Make Catfish Blood Bait

The best way to make Catfish blood baits is to use:

blood bait ingredients being mixed together
  1. 1 quart (32 ounces) blood of chicken/turkey/beef
  2. 4 cups of cornmeal
  3. 2 cups of flour
  4. Salt
  5. Ginger Powder

Mix all these ingredients together in a plastic container with a lid until it becomes dough-like outside. Then place the mixture into another larger bucket because blood bait needs room when it’s cooking in boiling water.

The last step would be putting your pot onto high heat for about three minutes before adding blood bait. Blood bait needs to be cooked at a boiling temperature of around 180 degrees Fahrenheit.

Steps to Make Catfish Blood Bait

  1. Mix blood, cornmeal, flour, salt and ginger in a plastic container with a lid until it becomes doughy outside (until all the flour is mixed).
  2. Place blood bait mixture into another larger bucket to give room for when it’s cooking because blood bait will need more space due to expanding as you cook it up.
  3. Cook blood bait over high heat for about three minutes before adding blood bait into the water and then let simmer for ten minutes or so depending on how much blood bait was added to your pot. It should be kept at a boil from 180 degree Fahrenheit. Stir blood bait until blood is well distributed.
  4. When Blood bait starts to puff up, remove from heat and let cool for five minutes
  5. Add blood bait back into the water and then wait about ten more minutes before adding blood bait mixture in a seperate container that’s been mixed with cornmeal as your blood bait will rise again when it comes into contact with the cold temperature of the Corn Meal. It should be kept at 180 degrees Fahrenheit or higher so keep stirring blood baits every few minutes until they’ve cooled down enough to handle without burning yourself (about 145 degree Farenheit)
  6. Once they’ve cooled enough, take them out and place on trays/sheets where you have lined it with wax paper.
  7. It should be ready to go when blood baits have a dark red color and the mixture is dry.
  8. At this point, you can bag them in ziploc bags or put into containers that will keep blood bait away from air exposure so it doesn’t oxidize faster than intended.

Where to Find the Blood to Make Catfish Blood Bait?

blood bait left in the sun

You can easily buy blood from a slaughterhouse or from your local butcher. You can also contact your local stores such as Simmons Foods and get a few gallons of chicken blood.

There are multiple local stores that can arrange blood for you, you just have to contact them ask them to get it for you.

You can buy chicken blood, turkey blood, beef blood, pig blood, or any animal blood to make the blood bait as long as they are legal in your state.

You can also buy ready-made blood bait from Amazon, Wholefoods and your local bait shop.

How to Make the Catfish Blood Bait Last Longer

Blood bait can last for a long time, but it has to be kept in an airtight container. Blood baits should also not be frozen or heated and left out of the fridge because this will cause them to lose their color and flavor quickly.

Locking them in an airtight container will ensure that your blood bait lasts for a long time.

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