Man Catches Carp With Natural Bait


Most freshwater anglers opt to use natural baits to catch fish. I am one of them.

Here is a look at some effective freshwater baits that I always find effective.


Grubs and worms can be easily harvested from the soil as well as in the leaves of plants, trees, and vegetables. You can also get them from most bait shops. Grubs and worms are very effective when fishing in freshwater.


While you can use whole, live freshwater fish as bait to get bigger fish, it’s very effective to cut whole fish into smaller pieces before attaching the flesh on your hook. Many freshwater fish are attracted to the scent of cut flesh.


Using beetles, ants, crickets, grasshoppers and caterpillars as natural freshwater fishing bait is not only cost-efficient but highly effective as well. Many fish are strongly attracted to insects that are attached to a fly. Furthermore, there are many species of fish that are attracted to insects when you are fishing in estuaries.


Dough balls available in bait shops because they can easily attract freshwater fish. To make your own, you just have to mix one cup of flour, one cup of yellow cornmeal and a teaspoon of sugar in a bowl. Then add just enough water into the mixture to come up with a heavy dough. Roll it into balls that are approximately half an inch or up to an inch in diameter then set aside.

While the dough is settling, you can mix one cup of molasses with water and pour it into a pan. Add a flavouring agent like licorice, garlic, strawberry gelatin or anise then bring to a boil. Once the liquid mixture is boiling, drop in the prepared dough balls and cook for two to three minutes.


A minnow is a kind of baby fish that is typically used in freshwater fishing. You can catch them on your own with a net or buy them from nearby tackle shops.


Aside from being one of the most delectable seafood ingredients, prawns can also attract freshwater fish when used whole and alive. You just need to attach the hook into the middle of the back of the body and cast away.

These natural freshwater fishing baits are both eco-friendly and easily obtained, as well as delivering excellent catch rates.



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Peter Hollingsworth
Peter Hollingsworth

Peter has been fishing all around Australia since he was a boy. He loves camping, fishing and kayak fishing.