Homemade Fishing Bait That Really Works

Homemade Fishing Bait That Really WorksMake your own bait balls using Wheaties cereal and hamburger. Whether you're fishing for catfish or carp, this homemade bait works well for both freshwater and saltwater applications. The small size and sturdy shape of the bait balls make for a relatively easy cast and retrieve process. As an added bonus, the bait won't crumble under the force of the current and provides enough water disturbance to attract the attention of nearby fish. Make Wheaties bait balls for your next big catch.


Difficulty: Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Wheaties
  • Water
  • Measuring cups
  • Hamburger
  • Large bowl
  • Garlic powder
  • Spoon
Step 1
Mix 1 to 2 cups of Wheaties cereal in a large mixing bowl. If the cereal reaches the rim of the bowl, it is too small. Ideally, the cereal will only reach the halfway point.
Step 2
Pour ¼ cup of water into the bowl of Wheaties. The type of water (freshwater, salt water, bottle water) is not as important as the amount. The waiter will soften and shape the flakes.
Step 3
Mix the water and cereal by hand until a firm ball starts to form. Add no more than an additional teaspoon of water at a time to prevent drying.
Step 4
Roll the hamburger meat into a firm ball. The hamburger ball will appear similar in size to the Wheaties ball.
Step 5
Mix both balls until a new ball is formed. Sprinkle a pinch of garlic powder and continue to roll the single ball.
Step 6
Scoop out spoonful-size balls of bait and rig your hook.

Tips & Warnings

Wrap your Wheaties bait balls in an old stocking if after several hours the bait starts to slightly soften.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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