How to Make Fish Bait with Corn Syrup

Before you buy fish bait from the store, consider making your own with corn syrup. Fish bait recipes use corn syrup to attract catfish and carp, but you are not limited to these two types of fish when fishing with your own bait. Homemade bait recipes often combine ingredients together that are the most effective for attracting fish. Fishermen often make their own fish bait to catch prize-winning fish. You can make your very own fish bait recipe by experimenting with common ingredients available in your kitchen.

Place 2 cups of self-rising flour, 2 cups of cornmeal, ½ a packet of plain gelatin, and 1 pint of hot water in a mixing bowl. Once the ingredients turn into dough, you can begin making the flavouring.

Combine 1 tablespoon of vanilla, 4 tablespoons of dark corn syrup, and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon.

Add the flavouring to the dough. Mix the ingredients until the flavouring blends well into the dough.

Use a spoon to remove the dough into a container. Ensure that the lid is tight.

Store the container overnight in the refrigerator. When you are ready to use the bait, roll small dough balls with your hands and place one dough ball onto the end of your fishing hook.

Pour half a gallon of cracked corn into a gallon-sized bucket.

Add one box of cornflour. Use your hands to blend the cracked corn and cornflour.

Pour the bottle of light corn syrup into the bucket. Use a large spoon to stir the ingredients. Continue to stir the mixture until it becomes too thick to stir. Use your hands to continue stirring the mixture until there is no dry corn or cornstarch left.

Put the lid on the bucket. Ensure that you secure the lid tightly to the bucket. Allow the fish bait to set overnight.

Place a Corn Pop on the end of your fishing hook. Pack the corn bait around the Corn Pop to form a tight ball.

Things You'll Need

  • Dough ball bait:
  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 2 cups cornmeal
  • 1 pt. hot water
  • ½ pack plain gelatin
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 4 tbsp dark corn syrup
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Spoon
  • Plastic container with lid
  • Corn bait:
  • 1-gallon bucket with lid
  • ½ bucket cracked corn
  • 1 box cornflour
  • 1 bottle light corn syrup
  • Large spoon
  • Corn Pops cereal
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