Fishing 101: How to Make your Own Bait

Fishing 101: How to Make your Own Bait

Are you going to go fishing for your next RV fishing trip this weekend? It sounds like you have a lot of planning to do!

Like many outdoor activities, RV and fishing feel like a match made in heaven. RV fishing trips are delightful, from getting to cook fresh fish moments after catching it to sleeping in a comfy bed.

Whether you’re fishing alone or with your family, it’s essential to plan to have a successful fishing trip. This includes examining your RV tires, cleaning your RV’s interior, and preparing your fishing equipment, including your bait.

If you consider yourself a craftsman and want to experiment with making some homemade baits, you’re in luck. In this article, we will teach you how to make your very own fish bait!

Choosing a bait

Before anything else, it’s vital to consider the type of fish you want to catch. Various fish species have their own feeding habits and preferences, so determining your ideal type of species will help you come up with an effective bait. For instance, some fish like worms, so creating a bait with specific worm characteristics will increase your chances of catching your ideal species. On the other hand, catfish and carp are willing to take baits made from cornmeal mixtures and flour.

However, if you really want to ensure you want to catch your ideal fish species, such as tarpons, make sure to pack a few of the best tarpon lures or any lure crafted for your desired catch.

Bait for freshwater fishing

Catfish, carp, crappie, and bluegill will all devour homemade dough baits. All you’ll need are the following:

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 ½ cups of water
  • 1 tsp of garlic powder
  • 1 cup of cornmeal
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 cup molasses

Mix the cornmeal, garlic powder, flour, and sugar in a mixing bowl. Add ¾ cups of water and mix everything until it reaches a doughy consistency. Now, mold marble-sized and pea-sized dough balls and place them on a separate plate.

Add the remaining ¾ cup of water and 1 cup of molasses to a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, place the dough balls, and wait for another 3 minutes. Then, remove the dough balls and let them cool on a separate plate.

Additional tips: Pea-sized dough baits work well for panfish, and marble-sized baits are great for catching carp and catfish. If you’re going freshwater fishing, it’s essential to invest in the best freshwater spinning reels to take the hassle out of hauling big fish.

Bait for saltwater fishing

If you’re going to the beach, homemade chum is the ideal choice of DIY bait. Chum can make it so much easier to catch saltwater fish species in your cast net. However, be reminded to make sure you can use your homemade bait in your fishing area.

To make a chum, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 1 can of sardines (in water or oil) or brine shrimp
  • 1 box of instant mashed potatoes or chicken feed
  • Menhaden oil

Mix the ingredients in a bucket. Just add saltwater to improve consistency. Then, sprinkle the mixture into the desired fishing area.

Additional tips: Bring your best surf fishing rods that allow you to cast with excellent range and battle against a trophy-size catch when going saltwater fishing.


Channel the inner craftsman in you by making these homemade baits! Remember, before driving to your destination, make sure that your fishing area allows using any of the mentioned baits to ensure a successful RV fishing trip!

Sep 24th 2021 Kenneth Reaves

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