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TopCats Premium Homemade Catfish Dough Bait

How to catch a catfish in less than 1 minute using TopCats Premium Homemade Catfish Dough Bait.

I've had this video posted on YouTube for sometime so I thought I'd share it with you.

Thousands of frying size catfish have been caught on my magic bait. I formulated it about 15 years ago and it's been going strong ever since.

Lemony Fried Catfish Nuggets


  • 5 lbs. fresh catfish fillets
  • 1/2 gallon of distilled water
  • 1 pint of lemon juice, from concentrate
  • 1/4 cup sea salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • seasoning
  • peanut or canola oil


Dissolve the lemon juice and sea salt in the distilled water using a non-reactive container and soak the catfish fillets for no more than 1 hour.

Test the lemon flavor by using part of one fillet. Cut a few nuggets and dredge the wet morsels in your seasoned flour/cornbread mixture then deep fry at 350 degrees F. until golden brown. By testing the first few nuggets for tartness, you will be able to gauge the strength of the lemon flavor in your fish and make the necessary adjustments.

If the first 'test' batch is a little too tart for your particular taste, you can lightly rinse the rest of the fillets off in clear running tap water for a few seconds to further dilute the lemony flavor. (Don't over rinse.)

The amount of oil you use to cook your nuggets will depend on you. You will need at least enough oil to fry one side of the nuggets at the time -- which also means you will have to turn them over at the proper time to equally fry them on the other side (around 3 to 4 minutes per side).

I personally like the taste of peanut oil so I use it when I can. During a recent event I used an electric 2 gallon deep-fryer and cooked the catfish nuggets at the stated temperature until they floated to the top. That is when I know they are thoroughly cooked.

Last weekend my friends and I cooked up about 40 lbs. of fresh catfish fillets using a couple of different methods and techniques, including this one.

The lemon-flavored nuggets were the most popular. By preparing the nuggets this way I didn't have to use 'lemon-pepper' to season the fish -- just lemon flavor without the pepper. It is especially convenient for those folks who are spice intolerant. And those who do love spices can add their own after the nuggets are fried. Everyone at the dinner table becomes a winner.

You should try this simple way of preparing your next batch of fish. These Lemony Fried Catfish Nuggets will certainly become a big hit at your next party.

Bon Appetit! Ahheee!!

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  1. Hello,

    I found your video on YouTube and several other sites and wpould like to try your bait.

    You mentioned on the PTITChef site that you make and sell the bait. How can I purchase some?

    Thank you,


    1. Thanks David! I am in the process of creating another website for that purpose. You can follow the banner in the upper left column of this page, or you can copy and paste the following link in your browser and it will take you to where you can purchase some bait: http://www.TopCatFishBait@blogspot.com/

  2. so how can I buy some of this magic bait dough from you?

    1. I retired and I don't really sell except for friends and folks around my community, but I'm thinking about making-up some soon which will be for sale to "select" people from online who may want some. Email me at: ez.gumbo@gmail.com and leave info on how I can reach you when I get some made up, okay? Thanks. PS. In the subject area write "Catfish Dough Bait".

    2. The new website is up and you can now go to: http://www.TopCatFishBait@blogspot.com/ to purchase some TopCat Premium Homemade Catfish Dough Bait Mix. I'm running a special for the next few days if you would like to take advantage of it. Thanks!


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