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used by anglers in fishing
of the oldest fishing baits used in angling and one of the cheapest
fishing baits as well.
Bread is used in fishing as a hook bait and as a groundbait
The four main ways of fishing with Bread as a hook bait are - Punch,
Paste, Flake and Crust and as a groundbait bread can be liquidised or
Bread punch is a small piece of bread used as hook bait that is cut from
a slice of bread.
Bread punch is also the name of the tool that is used to cut (or
punch) the small piece of bread from a slice of bread.
This tool has a sharpened metal tube at one end, usually with a split
in the side making it easier to get the bread onto your hook. Tackle
manufacturers make bread punches of different sizes to produce
different sized pellets of bread. The size of the pellet of bread will
dictate the size of hook you need to use bearing in mind that when wet
the punch of bread will swell to double its size.
Place a fresh slice of bread onto a clean flat surface and push the
punch into the soft white bread and twist. Lift the punch and you will
see the piece of bread stuck in the end. Now take your hook and
pushing the point through the split and into the bread transfer the
punch onto your hook.
If the hook point hasn't gone through the piece of bread completely
then push the hook through the bread until the point is showing.
this myself and it works.
need - a slice of fresh bread, rolling pin, ruler or straight edge and
1. Place a
fresh slice of bread on a flat surface and cut away the crust from the
2. Using a
rolling pin roll (flatten) the slice of bread
the ruler / straight edge and knife cut the bread into very thin strips -
then cut across the strips to make very small squares of bread.
squares of bread can be put into a container and used in the same way
as bread punch.
A fishing paste bait is similar in appearance to dough (the result of
mixing flour and water when making bread). If using a very fresh
sliced loaf then by pressing and moulding
the centre of a slice
between your fingers
you will produce a paste
for hook bait.
For more info on bread paste and paste as a fishing bait please see
The Compleat Angler by Izaak Walton -
fishing with bread paste 300 years ago.
I have seen this done at Windsor and Henley Bridge, and great store of
Roach taken; and sometimes, a Dace or Chub. And in August you may fish
for them with a paste made only of the crumbs of bread, which should
be of pure fine manchet; and that paste must be so tempered betwixt
your hands till it be both soft and tough too: a very little water,
and time, and labour, and clean hands, will make it a most excellent
paste. But when you fish with it, you must have a small hook, a quick
eye, and a nimble hand, or the bait is lost, and the fish too; if one
may lose that which he never had. With this paste you may, as I said,
take both the Roach and the Dace or Dare; for they be much of a kind,
in manner of feeding, cunning, goodness, and usually in size.
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Bread flake is the fluffy white centre of a loaf of bread and almost all fish can be caught on bread flake.
The size of the flake
should match the size of your target fish and the size of hook
needs to match the size of flake. For instance - if roach or rudd fishing with small
pieces of bread flake then choose a hook size 16 to 12. For larger
fish such as chub, tench or carp a hook size of 12 or larger should be
Bearing in mind the target fish and hook size, tear a piece of bread
from the centre of the loaf and push the hook point into it, turning
the hook so that the point shows through the other side. Now gently
squeeze the bread onto the shank just enough to hold it in place. If
when reeling in the bread flake is still attached then you have
squeezed it on to tightly.
Bread flake can be used with all styles of fishing, i.e. float, leger
or free lining.
The crust of a loaf is one of the best fishing baits for catching
surface feeding fish such as carp. Legering and free lining with bread
crust on rivers and streams for chub is also a good method and has
accounted for the capture of many large fish (This is one of John
Wilson's favourite ways of fishing rivers like the Wensum)
An un-sliced loaf is best, used with a wide gape hook, size depending
on the target fish and size of crust.
Tear a piece of crust off the loaf and push the point of the hook into
it and twist it through the crust so the point is just showing through
the other side. Some anglers say it doesn't matter if the point is
showing because the bread will soften and the hook will pull through
it on a strike. This may be true but I prefer the point to be showing.
To make liquidised bread is simply a matter of putting slices of bread
into a liquidiser or food processor and switching it on. If your
fishing for fish in general then leave the crusts on - this gives a
fine to coarse mix. If your fishing bread punch for roach then for a
finer crumb, cut the crust off first. Place the mix in a container or
polythene bag. If not using the liquidised bread immediately it can be
kept in a freezer for quite some time.
When using liquidised bread while punch fishing for roach, lightly
dampen the liquidised bread and taking a handful, by gently squeezing
it together you will be able to throw it to where you are fishing.
This will break up almost immediately, enticing the fish into the
area. Liquidised bread is also effective in an open end feeder, as
with bread mash explained in the chapter above.
mash is bread and water mashed up in a container to make a fairly
Making bread mash is similar to making bread paste for fishing but
more bread and water is used.
Take a loaf or two of old stale bread (sliced or un-sliced), put into
a bucket or container and pour in water (and flavouring if you wish)
to cover the bread. Give it time to soak and then drain off the excess
water. Now using your hands pulp the bread by squeezing it through
your fingers to mash it up. Do this until all the bread has been
broken up and you end up with a bucket of mushy bread - this doesn't
want to be too sloppy and the bits of bread left in the mix don't want
to be too large, you want to attract the fish, not feed them off.
This mix can be used to good effect when fishing with bread for most
fish and is a proven attractor when chub fishing on rivers and streams
using flake as a hook bait. It is also a great attractor when fishing
bread punch for roach.
Bread mash is used by throwing into the water as a kind of groundbait
to attract the fish. When thrown into water the mashed bread forms a
white cloud while falling through the water and fish are attracted to
this, swimming about eating the particles of bread in the mash and
hopefully picking up the bread bait on your hook. Mashed bread can
also be used in an open ended feeder plugged with a drier bread mix
Fishing with Floating Bread
If you intend surface fishing with bread in the summer why not try
preparing the bread baits the night before. Whether it be round
(boilie style), basic torn style or moulded, simply shape the bread to
your chosen style (I prefer thick sliced, white or brown if you
prefer. Once you have your chosen style, leave on a large baking tray
to dry out naturally and you will end up with a white toast effect but
still soft in the centre. This method will float twice as long and
will stay on the hook better for more distance casts.
This tip was sent in by Mark Dodson. Thanks
using bread for fishing watch out for ducks and other
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