Doughball Bait Recipes for Fishing

Doughball Bait Recipes for FishingCreating doughball fishing bait at home is not an exact process. Experimenting with recipes will help you determine the correct mixture to attract and land your desired fish. When choosing a bait recipe, it helps to pick one main ingredient or flavor to avoid mixing up a mess that doesn't hook anything. Pick one specific flavor extract and add it to a basic doughball bait recipe or you can focus on creating a sweet or savory mixture that will appeal to fish.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Basic Doughball Bait Recipe

Things You’ll Need:
  • Flour
  • Cornmeal
  • Mixing bowl
  • Water
  • Flavor extract
  • Old-fashioned oats
  • Saucepan
  • Flavored gelatin
  • Canned sardines
  • Blender
  • Spreadable cheese
Step 1
Mix together one cup of flour and one cup of cornmeal in a large mixing bowl. You can substitute powdered milk or bread crumbs for either of the ingredients, if desired.
Step 2
Pour one cup of water into the bowl.
Step 3
Add 1 to 2 tsp. flavor extract such as vanilla, cherry or anise to flavor your bait.
Step 4
Mix everything together with your hands until a soft dough forms.

Sweet Doughball Bait Recipe

Step 1
Combine 2 cups old-fashioned oats with 2 cups water in a medium-sized saucepan.
Step 2
Cook the oatmeal over medium heat for approximately five minutes or until it becomes thick and bubbly.
Step 3
Remove the oatmeal from the stove and immediately add a 3-oz. box of flavored gelatin. You can use any flavor for this recipe.
Step 4
Stir the oatmeal and dry gelatin together until the mixture is uniform in color.
Step 5
Cool the bait completely before you attempt to use it. The oatmeal will continue to thicken and become stiff enough to roll into doughballs as it cools.

Savory Doughball Bait Recipe

Step 1
Puree a 3.75-oz. container of sardines in a blender until smooth.
Step 2
Add 1 cup of any spreadable cheese to the blender and process the mixture until combined.
Step 3
Combine 1 cup flour and 1 cup old-fashioned oats in a large mixing bowl.
Step 4
Pour the pureed sardine and cheese mixture into the mixing bowl.
Step 5
Stir all of the ingredients together to form the dough. If the dough is too stiff, add 1 tbsp. water at a time. If the dough is too sticky, add 1 tbsp. flour at a time.

Article Written By Kittie McCoy

Kittie McCoy has been a freelance writer since 2008. She is also a part-time personal trainer and licensed entertainer in Las Vegas. She enjoys sharing her love of physical fitness and experience in the entertainment industry via her writing.

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