How To Make Fishing Bait
If you like to fish you may want to start learning how to make fishing bait. There are numerous types of fishing bait that target specific fish. The kind of fish you are after will determine the bait you want to make.
Items needed to make fishing bait:
- Jars that close tightly
- Latex gloves to keep your hands from smelling like bait
- Base to add flavoring to - Choose wet bread, flour and fish oil paste, or cheese
- Flavoring to add to base – Choose from sardines (canned), soft cheese, blood (cow is good), or minnows
- Determine which species you want to catch. You want to be able to make a fishing bait that will appeal to your target fish. For trout the best choice of flavor is salmon. While there are salmon eggs available commercially, fresh bait works best. For catfish, the rule is stench. The smellier the bait, the better it works. For bass, minnows seem to work best.
- Mix your flavoring and base. The finished fishing bait should have the consistency of play dough. It should be firm enough to stay on your hook when casting and for at least five minutes in the water. You can test this by casting it out in your backyard and letting it sit for ten minutes in your sink.
- Put finished bait in jars, and make sure that the jars seal tightly. This fishing bait will need to be refrigerated, and the last thing you want flavoring your food is fish bait.
Do not let bait sit out in the sun, as this will make it dry out too fast.