How to Make Cornmeal Bait


You can make a simple, inexpensive fishing bait at home using just a few simple ingredients from your pantry. Cornmeal is a great ingredient for making DIY bait because it can be easily molded to fit on any fishing hook. You can form this dough into individual balls ahead of time if it is more convenient. However, it may be simpler to just bring the whole batch along with you and pull off small portions as you need them. The dough should keep in your fridge for about one week.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • Vanilla extract
  • Mix the cornmeal and flour thoroughly in a small bowl.

  • Place water and as much vanilla extract as desired in a small pot. Bring to a boil.

  • Add the flour and cornmeal mixture slowly after the water begins to boil. Allow the flour and cornmeal to absorb all of the water until the mixture becomes thick, then remove it from heat.

  • Allow the mixture to cool slightly. Knead the dough until it is thick enough to stick your fishing hook.

  • Place the dough into a plastic bag with zipper. Store the dough in the refrigerator.

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