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Fishin' Tipster takes a look at
SHELBY'S CATFISH CANDY
|DISCLAIMER: This Product Evaluation is not a sales pitch, in that we don't sell 'CATFISH CANDY', nor do we have any present business relationship, whatsoever, with the company who manufactures/markets it. We were provided a sample of the product for testing.
'Catfish bait stinks and is messy as heck. It has to be at attract catfish'.
I have heard that all my life. And, I still hear it today. Probably, you have too, in one form or another. But, that is just another old fish tale (no pun intended) that probably started as an excuse when someone didn't catch a mess of cats. He bait just wasn't 'stinky' enough, he complained.
But, it's just not true. In our article archives, there is a piece wherein we tested a number of possible catfish baits. Nearly all the best ones DID NOT smell bad. Cheese, marshmallows, fresh shrimp, soap chunks, even fresh chunks of apple - they all caught catfish well.
So, it was no surprise when Shelby Dixson told me he had a super catfish bait that actually smelled good! Old Jim is always a bit of a skeptic when it comes to anything to do with fishing, especially when it is described as a 'super'. Shelby said he would be willing to 'put his bait here his mouth was', and he sent us a sample.
The first thing gotta tell you is that the hardest part of testing Shelby's 'CATFISH CANDY' was taking the danged picture at the top of this page. That yellow paper his labels are printed on reflect so much light I like to never got one that was readable.
The second thing I gotta tell you is that Shelby's 'CATFISH CANDY' does exactly what he said it would do - it catches catfish like a champ. And, it is not messy. It does have a bit of a slight oily feel, so a rag to wipe the hands on is recommended.
SAFETY NOTE: The third thing I gotta tell you is that Shelby's 'CATFISH CANDY' really does smell pretty good. In fact, that's the only fault I found with it. You SHOULD NOT leave it lying around where very young children can get at it. I have no first-hand knowledge of it happening , but I strongly suspect they would try and eat this bait. It smells a bit like its name - 'CANDY'.
Getting back to fishing, we tested Shelby's 'CATFISH CANDY' by recruiting some fishing buddies, and we set up tests for it at the Stick Marsh in Florida and in lakes and rivers in the Western North Carolina area.
Everyone caught fish with Shelby Dixson's product. Although it looks a bit like a dark-colored dough concoction (actually, a lot like chunks of chocolate Tootsie Roll), it stayed on hooks fairly well and was not too easy for a light biting catfish to nibble off. A small treble hook with the bait chunk molded to it was the best set-up.
We do recommend, though, that the bait be wrapped in a small piece of panty hose material and then placed on the hook. This will not interfere with the fish biting the bait, at all, and will assure it stays on the hook. This can be important when used on an unattended trot-line, where all kinds of critters may attempt to take a bite. You can also fix up larger bags of the bait to use as chum attractors around the boat. It will gradually dissolve a bit and leech out into the water. In fact, Shelby also markets a Cottonseed Cake that would make a great chum, or hole-baiter.
So, if you want a catfish bait that works and you can use without running the dog off, Shelby's 'CATFISH CANDY' may be just what you're looking for. It's pretty neat catfish bait. I even put some in the glove compartment of my truck and let it age in the heat of the closed cab for a week. All that happened was my wife asked my what smelled good in the truck. (Boy, am I glad it doesn't smell like Channel #5; I could have been in deep trouble!)
Shelby advised that his 'CATFISH CANDY' is available in some bait shops and stores. But, I would contact him for the areas, or for direct purchase.
For further information:
Shelby's 'CATFISH CANDY'
190 Denby St.
Vidor, TX 77662
Tel. (409) 783-1291
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