How to Make Fishing Bait

How to Make Fishing BaitThere is something special about using an old rod that your father handed down to you or putting on your favorite fishing hat. Things like this add an extra sense of familiarity and gratification to the fishing experience. Fishermen that make their own lures or bait enjoy similar feelings by knowing they are catching fish with their own creation.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Medium saucepan
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup clear corn syrup
  • Red food coloring
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup corn meal
  • 3 to 4-oz. can of sardines
  • 1/4 cup marshmallow cream
  • Cotton balls
Step 1
Add the water, corn syrup, food coloring, and peanut butter to the saucepan. Cook over medium heat until you bring the mix to a low boil, stirring it once in a while. Turn the heat down to low.
Step 2
Mix up the corn meal and flour in a bowl, and then add it a little at a time to the saucepan. Continue to stir while you do this until all of the flour/corn meal is worked into the mix in the saucepan. Stir while cooking over low heat until the mix becomes thick.
Step 3
Take the saucepan off the burner. Puree some sardines, and then add them along with the marshmallow cream, stirring until it is mixed in well.
Step 4
Allow the mix to cool. Add some cotton balls to the mix and stir them in so they are mixed well. They will act as binding agents and keep the bait from falling apart.
Step 5
To use this bait, form it into small dough balls and put it on a snell or treble hook. Rig your line up with a bobber and let it sit in still water, or dead-drift it in the current. That's it--you are ready to go fishing with your homemade bait.

Article Written By Anthony Smith

Anthony Smith began writing for Demand Studios in May of 2009 and has since written over 1400 articles for them. He also writes for "The College Baseball Newsletter." He attended the University of New Mexico, and has more than 25 years of experience in the business world.

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