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Keith Sutton: Secret formula

Never forget the most important lesson in making your own stinkbait

Updated: August 16, 2010, 12:03 PM ET
By Keith Sutton | Special to ESPN Outdoors.com

I'll never forget The Great Stinkbait Explosion.

I was 12. My friend Bubba and I were experimenting with a new concoction of fish guts, moldy cheese and secret ingredients we swore on a blood oath we'd never reveal. We hoped to discover that which has always eluded catfishermen -- the perfect, catch-'em-every-time stinkbait recipe.

Uncle Johnny loaned me an ill-fitting World War II gas mask to wear while preparing the brew. Bubba doled out the aged ingredients, then backed a safe distance ...

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