Why is my Catfish Bubblegum moldy?
Catfish Bubblegum is a fresh dough bait consisting of all natural and food grade ingredients. Just like your food, it will grow mold if left exposed at room temperature for prolonged periods. The fact that it can and will grow mold, lets you know it’s definitely fresh bait! My dog has eaten a tub or two, even my kids have taken a bite here and there as a joke. While I wouldn’t recommend eating Catfish Bubblegum, I never had the urge to rush them to the emergency room or call poison control in a panic. Seriously, unless you’re allergic to fish there’s no harm. Even the fibers in the bait are made from corn husks.
Why doesn’t other Catfish bait mold?
That’s simple, it’s already rotten! It has already decomposed! Mold is hidden in that brown color and unique gut wrenching stench.
Why does mold grow on my bait but not my friends?
We noticed mold growing quickly on the bait after Hurricane Harvey hit. It wasn’t until tearing up the carpet in our house that we noticed there was actually a hole in the dining room subfloor where we stored the bait! Yes, a hole I could fit my arm into! I could see water flowing under my house when it rained! We have repaired that little mishap and no longer have an issue with mold growing here at the house…ahem…manufacturing department. We frequently test jars at random and our oldest current test is 3 months old with no mold.
We’ve received feedback that some retailers were having issues with mold while others were not. I can only chalk this up to the bait coming into contact with mold at some point or another and acting like its own little mold detection kit. (Which can retail for up to $75, so you’re getting a great deal!)) If you have mold in your home or business, Catfish Bubblegum WILL find it and represent that, causing the bait to mold over rapidly.
How can I prevent mold from growing on my bait?
Catfish Bubblegum is frozen prior to shipping and should be refrigerated upon arrival. Keep frozen or refrigerated when not in use. If you intend to use the bait soon, place it in the refrigerator until the morning of your trip. If you’re not going to fish for a while, toss it in the freezer. Catfish Bubblegum is a perfect breeding ground for mold as it is high in nutrients. Even fresh food hosts mold spores. Mold spores thrive in temperatures between 32 and 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures from about 70-90 degrees are the most conductive with your chances of mold growth heightened greatly.
Can I still use my bait if it has mold on it?
Absolutely! The best way to use Catfish Bubblegum is to store it properly when not in use, but if you accidentally looked over the storage instructions included with your order in the excitement of receiving your order, do not worry! If your bait does have mold on it you can mix it in or pick it off, whatever you choose. If anything, the mold will make your bait more attractive to Catfish. Catfish have been known to eat decomposing fish, algae, and even live raccoons! They’re not going to be scared off by live fungus growing on a fresh, nutrients-filled bait.
I didn’t think I’d ever have to say this, but do not eat the mold covered Catfish bait.
Written by: Rachelle