Fishing Baits Used By Anglers
Use the links on the left for information about individual Fishing baits
care of your maggot
fishing with maggots
care of your pinkies
fishing with Pinkies
care of your squats
fishing with squats
The Gozzer Maggot
fishing the gozzer
care of your caster
fishing with casters
Bloodworm and Joker
making paste baits
using paste baits
fishing with luncheon meat
fishing with cheese
fishing with particles
colouring and flavouring
fishing with hemp
fishing with tares
fishing with maple peas
Descriptions of various fishing baits used by anglers to catch fish. Read about how and when to use a certain type of fishing bait and learn how to look after your fishing bait.
What is a fishing bait?
Fishing bait is a man made or natural food eaten by fish that anglers use on their hook to catch fish.
Why use fishing bait?
To catch a fish you need to get the hook into the fishes mouth and fishing bait is used to tempt and lure the fish into doing this.
The bait to use to catch a fish depends on numerous factors, the main one being what fish species you are fishing for. It would be no use fishing for Gudgeon using a 20mm boilie.
Traditional baits in angling include the garden worm and the maggot and these are still very popular baits today. Over the years anglers have experimented and used different food stuffs as fishing baits such as bread, cheese, sweet corn, spam luncheon meat and even sausage meat.
There are baits that can induce a fish to bite almost immediately; a hook baited with bread punch fished along with a sloppy mix of cloud groundbait can often bring bites instantly from roach and silver fish in the winter when the weather is cold.
On this page you will find general descriptions of the fishing baits used by anglers and notes on how to use and look after the baits.
Remember though - You can bag up catching fish on a certain bait one day and next day not even get a bite on the same bait.
Matching the Bait Size to the Hook.
It is important that whatever bait you decide to use the hook should be of the correct size. Its no good trying to use a single squat on a size 1/0 sea hook; apart from being just about impossible to get it on the hook it would look ridiculous and unnatural. The idea is to present a bait as natural as possible to fool the fish.
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What bait to use?
This is where a problem could arise! Do we use a natural or a man made bait? There is a vast range of natural baits such as berries that fall into the water from overhanging branches and worms, flies, beetles, snails, slugs, spiders and grubs that live or fall into the water, or should we use a man made bait such as bread, bread flake, bread paste, cheese, boilies or pellets etc.
Flavouring Your Baits.
Taking maggots as an example:
When you buy your maggots from a fishing tackle shop they will be in sawdust, maize flour or other such medium. Some tackle shops sell them cleaned but not all do. In either case it is best if you clean them yourself, to do this see 'care of your maggots', When you have cleaned your maggots you can add your chosen flavourings.
I find Vanilla is a good flavour to use when fishing for roach or bream in the summer. Vanilla flavouring can be bought in small bottles from most supermarkets. You could also try using other liquid flavours such as Almond, Liquid Brasem etc. Add a few drops of liquid flavouring to your cleaned maggots half an hour before using them (ONLY a few drops or you will find your maggots doing the great escape up and over the side of your bait box).
Curry powder can be added to your cleaned maggots and is a good flavouring for use when fishing in winter
Turmeric is a deep orange-yellow powder commonly used as a spice in curries. As with most flavourings used in fishing turmeric is available from most supermarkets. Turmeric when added to your cleaned maggots will add colour to them and as with curry powder is a good flavouring for use when fishing in winter.