Here at Get Bent Galveston, we make a point of offering some of the most enjoyable fishing charters in the region, but over the years we’ve found plenty of our clients asking us one simple question relating to their fishing adventures – and that’s if homemade baits are worth taking on their trip. This can be a bit of a tricky question, especially as different baits will contain varying ingredients, but we wouldn’t be fishermen if we didn’t at least try to offer an answer!
What makes a bait?
Well, pretty much anything that produces a scent underwater. You might be wondering why some fishermen use bread as bait – the truth is that although it can be pretty scentless to people, underwater it’s a different story. The yeast can be pretty appealing to a fish, as can the flour, and as most crumbs will soften and create a little bit of motion; they can be quite attractive visually as well.
That’s why live worms can offer such great results when used as bait – their scent and movement can often compel a fish into action, even if they aren’t overly hungry. When you’re on one of our Galveston fishing charters we’ll take care of your baiting-needs; we rely on some of the most effective on the market, but are they the be-all and end-all when it comes to a catch?
Recognising a good bait when you see one
Beyond the scent and sight, you will likely want your bait to last for a good while – especially if you’re deep sea fishing on one of our vessels. Some fish take a while to grow confidence, while others might already have come face to face with a hook – and in these cases, bait durability can be a priority.
For example, if you’re thinking about bringing your own homemade bait to attract fish then the chances are that you won’t want it to break apart as soon as it hits the water. That’s why we recommend using a binding agent of some sort – especially one that might offer its own appeal. Egg yolk for example can be useful, as it’s sticky enough to hold ingredients together while being pretty affordable.
Then there’s milk – but this isn’t anywhere near as reliable at lasting underwater. You could always use oil, especially the type from olives, which can be a little more appealing to fish – but as long as your bait holds together for long enough to attract a little attention, the results should start to speak for themselves.
So, what’s our final opinion?
If we’re honest – bait is bait. It’s designed to serve a purpose, and as long as it does that then is there really anything to worry about? We sometimes use homemade recipes, but other times we turn to products from suppliers that we trust. We’re clearly doing something right, because just look at the size of some of the fish that we’ve brought on board over the years! Don’t forget to stop by the Moody Mansion if you’re also on this side of town.