Believe it or not, hot dogs can be a very effective bait for carp and catfish. To many experienced anglers, this is no surprise, but to others, this might sound kind of bizarre. Hot dogs do work. You don’t have to heat them up. Just take them out of the package, put a 2 or 3 inch piece on your hook, toss your line out into the water and wait for a bite. There are many other baits that work better for carp and catfish, but you never know what will work best on any given day until you try it.