How to Bait a Fishing Spot

How to Bait a Fishing Spot
Anglers can use many methods for baiting a favorite fishing spot. Baiting methods can range from quite easy to the extreme. Whatever you choose to use, the prime goal is to draw baitfish to the area, which then will attract larger fish. Wherever there are baitfish such as minnows, the big boys are soon to arrive.


Difficulty: Moderate

Baiting with Cat Food

Things You’ll Need:
  • Cat food
  • Ice pick
  • Monofilament
  • Soybean cake
  • Soybean meal
  • Road kill
  • Hammer
  • Nail
  • Rope
Step 1
Select the fishing spot you desire to bait. Be sure the area is a legal spot to fish. Go to the fishing spot the day before you plan on fishing.
Step 2
Remove the label off a can of an oil-based cat food. Poke several holes in the can that will allow the contents to drip out into the water. Do not open the can.
Step 3
Tie a piece of monofilament through the holes to secure it to the can of cat food. Make sure the line is long enough to tie off and still reach into the water. Tie the monofilament to a branch or place it under a rock, to keep it in place.
Step 4
Place the can into the water. It will begin releasing its smell and particles of food throughout the water, attracting baitfish to the area. The big ones will soon follow the baitfish trail.

Baiting with Soybeans

Step 1
Purchase a solid cake of soybean. Baitfish such as shiners and minnows will be attracted to the soybeans' high protein.
Step 2
Throw the cake of soybeans into the fishing area and wait until the next day to go fishing.
Step 3
Toss soybean meal into the area you placed the cake on the day you plan on fishing. This will attract more baitfish, and, in turn, big fish.

Baiting with Road Kill

Step 1
Retrieve a dead animal from the side of the road such as an opossum, raccoon or armadillo. The longer the animal has been dead, the better baiting tool it will make. Place the dead animal in a plastic bag and drive it to the fishing area.
Step 2
Nail or tie the dead animal to a tree or other object, right above the area you desire to bait and fish.
Step 3
Wait several days for the animal to become ripe when flies will produce maggots on it. The maggots will form and drop into the water, attracting baitfish and other fish to the area to eat them. Remove the dead animal once you have returned to the fishing spot and discard it.

Tips & Warnings

These baiting methods will attract catfish, bluegills, crappie and bass.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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