How to Make Your Own Paste Fishing Baits

Updated November 21, 2016

Fishing paste is a favourite among many anglers who fish for grass carp and catfish. Typically using oils and other scents, paste baits are designed to distribute a scent trail in the water that can be detected by highly sensitive catfish and carp. Paste baits area also favoured as they are easy to transport, rig on a hook and stay in place on the hook for extended periods of time. Many recipes exist for paste bait; however, some of the most effective are also the easiest to make.

Cut the crust from a slice of bread with a knife. Place the bread in a shallow dish or bowl.

Measure 1 tsp of oil and pour over the bread. Distribute the oil over the surface of the bread as much as possible. Add more oil until the entire surface of the bread is covered and the oil is worked into the bread.

Add a few drops of anise oil and sprinkle garlic salt over the surface of the bread. These will add extra scent to the bread.

Pick up the bread and begin kneading with your hands to form a doughlike paste. Work the oils thoroughly through the bread and add more if necessary. However, too much oil will make the dough wet and unusable.

Form the dough paste into a ball when all of the ingredients are thoroughly incorporated. Place the dough paste in a heavy-duty zip-close freezer bag and then refrigerate until ready to use. The paste should remain good for a week or so when kept cool.


Do not use too much oil. The goal is a workable paste, and too much oil will make the mixture soggy and will not hold on a hook. You might want to remove the paste, or a small portion, ahead of time before fishing. This will allow the paste to warm and be more easily moulded onto a treble hook.

Things You'll Need

  • Sliced bread
  • Knife
  • Cod liver oil
  • Anise oil
  • Garlic salt
  • Shallow bowl or dish
  • Teaspoon
  • Heavy-duty plastic bag
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Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.