Best Bait Choice Tips

Over the years I have followed the bait trend, eg what eveyone else was using. However, as the bait industry has come on in leaps and bounds (over the past 20 years) and the fish have got wiser, I have moved on to the smaller company or even individual bait makers. I have found that this can give you a bit of an edge. Until other anglers on your lake start using the bait in question, (which can be a long time), they will not know what you are using. Unless you let them in on this knowledge. It also a good trick not to pick a local company, as there may be a good chance that other people cound be using it. This works very well, as we all know that fish will associate colour/shape/taste with danger. I first noticed this some years ago, on a sydicate lake I had been fishing. We were all struggling. There was an intake of new members as some of the old members had left (due to the lake being hard). When the new members started to fish in the spring time, they started to catch fish, where we did not. After getting to know some of them, it turned out that they were using a small bait company’s. This is when myself and my friend found another company, who also produced good quilty bait, we started to catch.

Here are some of the baits I have used over the past few years;

Berkley Gulp Baits

Tuna & spice

Red Chrustation

Shoreline Baits

Sausage oil

Infustion Baits


By enhancing standard bait e.g Mainline’s Maple 8 with a Maple flavouring from a supermarket bakery aisle, I managed to catch fish everywhere I went using this bait.

It is always worth trying something a little different. The internet is good at using relatively unknown bait company’s for your area ie if you live in the South and use a company that is based in the north, this could give you a good edge!

Hope the above helps


About richardhandel

I would like to give a brief snap shot of my life and introduce myself; My name is Richard Handel and was born in 1965 in Suffolk. I have worked as a UK Operation & Intermodule Manager for a shipping company. I live in Hampshire now and am married with 2 young children, both girls so I am a bit outnumbered even the cat is a girl! I have been fishing since I was about 7 years old. I started on small local rivers in Suffolk, then moved onto gravel pits and then carp fishing. My personal best is a 39.08 mirror, over recent years I have started river fishing again, on the Hampshire Avon, this is a nice break from the carp lakes. My life has turned a big corner this year, the company I was working for relocated their Operation centre to Estonia. I was offered a job at the head office in London. This would have meant a 5 day commute and working in Stratford. As a family, we did not fancy this, as I would hardly spend any time with the children (and the Mrs). So after 22.5 years, I was given a nice redundancy package and with my wife is working full time. I became the house husband. This has meant a complete turn around in my fishing, as I can pick and choose when I go. I have found a splendid new syndicate to fish this year, which includes 5 lakes and some 8 miles of river with only 150 members. It's an amazing change to the way I am able to fish. I am now trying to start my own tackle business and make a bit of a name for myself in the world of fishing, as I have retired from real work. Richard
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