Outdoors extras, including a channel catfish recipe

Posted on: September 19, 2018 | Bob Frye | Comments

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Gear of the week

Gear name: Lucky 7

Company: Tri-State Bait Co. (https://www.everybodyshops.com/lucky7-dough-ball-fishing-carp-catfish-bait.html)

Channel catfish bite on dough baits.

Lucky 7 dough baits

Gear type: Dough ball bait

Product description: When it comes to catching catfish, namely channel cats and bullheads, and carp, scented dough baits are a proven, effective tool. Each flavor of these comes in a 6-ounce package. It’s formulated to resist mold, but it’s still best to keep it open or partially used packages in the refrigerator.

Available options: These baits are available in multiple flavors: vanilla, strawberry and anise.

Suggested retail price: $4.99.

Notable: This dough works best when balled up on a size 2 to 6 treble hook. Put a slip sinker on the line to provide enough weight for casting, but add a single split shot 12 to 15 inches up from the bait. Then, once the bait settles in the water, leave the bail on your reel open. When a carp or catfish grabs the bait, they won’t feel anything unusual. Wait for them to start peeling out line and then set the hook.

Tip of the week

Archery season is underway in some places already, and will be everywhere soon. Do you know what your deer are eating? If you haven’t already, get out there and scout food sources. The obvious crop fields that have been full of deer each evening won’t be around forever. And in many cases, whitetails will switch to acorns as soon as they can anyway. Look now for where they’re most abundant.

Recipe of the week

Alfredo channel catfish


  • 3-4 catfish fillets, skinned
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • milk
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 green pepper, sliced
  • lemon pepper
  • 4 cups Alfredo sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste


Take the catfish fillets, with the blood line removed, and marinate them in the milk for eight to 10 hours. Afterward, remove them from the milk, but let them remain moist, and sprinkle on the lemon pepper.

Melt the butter in a saucepan and combine the onions and peppers, cooking for about 20 minutes. Add the fillets, then cook another 15 to 20 minutes, depending on how thick they are.

When the fish appears cooked, add the Alfredo sauce. Cook until the sauce it hot., adding salt and pepper to taste, then serve.


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Bob Frye is the everybodyadventures.com editor. Reach him at 412-838-5148 or bfrye@535mediallc.com. See other stories, blogs, videos and more at everybodyadventures.com.

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Bob Frye is a storyteller with a passion for all things outdoors. He hunts, he fishes, he hikes, he camps, he paddles, backpacks and snowshoes depending on the season. If he’s not an expert at anything, it’s because he’s passionate to try a little bit of everything.