Have you ever felt like the shop-bought fish pellets just aren’t getting the job done? Have you ever looked at the ingredients and thought, what are those things? If so, then making your own homemade fish bait might be right up your alley! This simple guide will show you how to make your own fish bait using common household products and materials that you can find at your local corner shop. The process couldn’t be easier!
Choose your bait
You can add many different types of ingredients to your basic recipe. Fish bait ingredients you can use include gizzard shad, minnows, crickets, chicken livers, and even grasshoppers. The best kind of bait depends on what type of fish you are trying to catch. For example, if you want to catch large bass in a lake or river, fishing for crappie with worms is not likely going to be successful. In that case, it would be better to look for bluegill minnows or small fathead minnows that can easily fit into an average fish’s mouth. With smaller fish such as these, it’s also more likely that their scales will come off easily when you go after them with your hook.
Some types of fish species, such as catfish or carp, will readily take dough baits made from flour and cornmeal mixtures. These are called chum (if targeting saltwater fish, that is). Generally, chum is used to attract large schools of baitfish that you can easily catch with a cast net and then use the small fish to bait larger fish.
A Basic Recipe
To make an easy bait for fishing, you’ll need 1/2 cup of granulated sugar, 1/4 pound of processed cheese, and 1/2 cup of cornmeal and flour. These basic ingredients combine to make a bait you can roll into small balls. These ingredients combined form quickly and hangs steadily when attached to a hook. It’s suitable for short-term and long-term storage and easy to take on fishing trips.
Add some tasty stuff
For your fish bait to catch fish, it needs that little extra something that tastes good. Without seasoning your fish bait, there’s no way you’ll be able to get fish nibbling. There are a variety of seasonings you can use in your homemade fishing lure recipe, from garlic and paprika to bacon bits and ice cream sprinkles! How about some cheese? If you want your unique flavour combo for your homemade fishing bait, you often need to look no further than your kitchen cupboard.
Get ready for a successful fishing trip
Now that you have your homemade fish bait, it is time to get ready for a successful fishing trip. Whether you’re going to be on land or in a boat, make sure you have all your fishing gear ready to go and that it is in good working order. Before you go, check local fishing laws, which can vary depending on the type of fish. Always remember safety comes first when preparing for any kind of fishing trip!