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I didn't Catch any Fish, so I Ate the Bait

Updated on September 16, 2013

If you bring Bait, you will never Starve

When I go fishing, I seem to always be hungrier than when I am at home.

I also almost always forget to bring enough food to satisfy my hunger, especially if spending the night.

This website was inspired by an old friend of mine. He used to fish for carp using Spam in a can and would always take his fishing knife and eat the first chunk before forming a Spam ball around his hook.

My Father used to fish with carp and catfish bait including dough balls, Underwood Deviled Ham and also shrimp. Shrimp is good for deep lake or river catfish. You can curl it's natural shape right around the hook.

I dedicate this to my friend, who I went fishing with many times and when my stomach always seemed to be growling.

When you get hungry, eat the bait!

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The Campfire
The Campfire

Nothing like a good Worm Burger

No, these are not on the menu

I have been fishing my entire life and something about it, makes me very hungry.

No, I wouldn't eat conventional bait like worms, but baits that I have used are very edible. Below are simple little foods that you can not only use for bait, but eat yourself during or after fishing.

Yes, you might clean your fish and eat them, but you can also eat these delicious "field" foods.

Included in these delicacies are man-sized portions of protein, vegetables and even dessert. Not only do the videos explain how to use them for bait, you are also given recipes to eat them yourself!

Please enjoy this menu of fine fishing foods and please leave some comments.

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Fish bait you can make at Home - A list of many different types of homemade fish bait

  • Dough balls made out of bread.
  • Cornflake balls made out of wet & formed cornflakes.
  • Shrimp - Live, raw or cooked.
  • Fresh uncooked chicken liver.
  • Spam - not the email type.
  • Hot Dogs.
  • Cheese.
  • Raw bacon.
  • Raw chicken (do not cook or season).
  • Diced pickles.
  • Ivory soap chunk (which is made with lard) - use a weight, it will float off the bottom and looks very attractive to a hungry fish.
  • Wiggle your toes in the water - (Just checking if you are reading these).

The Entree - 3 Variations

There is no reason that you should not get some protein, just like your fishy friends!

What the fish eat!

How to Bait a Hook with Shrimp

What we eat!

Yummy Garlic Shrimp on the Hibachi or Campfire

What the fish eat!

Yes, Hot Dogs make Excellent Fish Bait!

What we eat!

Cooking Hot Dogs over an Open Fire - Cooking them this way tastes better for some reason

You can leave this Hot Dog at Home

A real hot dog
A real hot dog

Don't go Fishing without your Campfire Cooking Gear!

Texsport Backpackers Stainless Steel  Copper Bottom Outdoor Camping Cookware Cook Set with Storage Bag
Texsport Backpackers Stainless Steel Copper Bottom Outdoor Camping Cookware Cook Set with Storage Bag

Nothing is better than stainless steel and this cook set is a fisherman's, camper's or backpacker's dream!

Light and very portable. You can cook up anything with these, even the chicken livers below.


What the fish eat!

Chicken Livers for Bait - A Fish Fave!

What we eat!

Fantastic Chicken Liver and Gizzard Recipe - Cook it on the grill or over an open fire!

Super Bass Man - A funny fishing theme song

The Vegetable

Only if you agree that corn is a veggie.

I do!

What the fish eat!

Preparing and Stringing Corn to use as Bait

What we eat!

Delicious Sweet and Smoky Grilled Corn on the Cob

Fishing nap
Fishing nap

Tie the Line around your Toe and take a Nap after Eating

Studies show it is good for you

When you are out fishing, you have a tendency to doze off and take a nap, whether you intend to or not.

Historically, it was not considered healthy to take a nap after eating. New studies have shown that a good thirty minute nap is actually good for your body and digestive system. A short power nap is deemed the best as it allows your body to work naturally. You shouldn't go into a deep sleep which can cause alertness difficulty for you the rest of the day, and you can sleep more regularly at night.

Go ahead and take a nap after eating, but if you are fishing, I suggest you are not in a boat floating towards the lake dam or the rapids in the river!

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The Dessert

No, the fish don't get the portion of chocolate, but they are just as happy!

What the fish eat!

Creating Carp and Catfish Doughball Bait

What we eat!

Bring some of these Deep Fried Nutella Doughballs for Dessert! - Very easy to make and they taste just like the deep-fried goodies at the Fair.

Nutella - Even great with just a Spoon! - This version is in mini-packets and very portable - Perfect for camping!

Nutella - Hazelnut Spread, CASE, (96 x .52 oz)) 96 COUNT
Nutella - Hazelnut Spread, CASE, (96 x .52 oz)) 96 COUNT

If you love the buttery/almond taste of Nutella, now you can take it with you on your next fishing excursion.

You may not have dessert, but you can pop one of these mini-packets open and it will be just as tasty!


What is your Favorite Fishing Bait?

When I go fishing, I prefer;

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Don't just sit there, get that Line in the Water! - Please don't forget to leave some comments before your nap

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      3 years ago

      Amy, I just found this website and I've been lnnierag a lot from reading the different posts from patients with NDPH. I would like to share my medical story. I am a pre-med student that has had to withdraw from college and almost all other activities because of the chronic pain I've endured over the last 3 years. The pain is unrelenting and has brought my life to a screeching halt. The pain I experience is a non-stop, bilateral, dull, aching soreness in my eyes and in my forehead. It is not throbbing, or sharp, or pulsating. It is a static, steady ache. When different specialists have asked me about my headaches I always respond that I don't have headaches . Rather, I've had one long continuous headache that has lasted over 3 and 1/2 years.I reside in Texas and I've traveled all over America to see many excellent physicians across the various specialties who have done careful evaluations. Unfortunately, despite all of these efforts, my diagnosis remains in doubt by many and none of the medical or surgical treatments have alleviated the pain I experience. My father (a physician) and I have created a website that contains my full medical information, including imaging reports, pictures from my surgeries, and various medical articles we've pulled over the years. there is a lot of information on the website, but if you're willing to read through my medical history, you may have a better understanding of what I've gone through the past 3 years, what meds I've been prescribed, what surgeries I've undergone, etchere is the link:'d be so very grateful for any kind of helpful suggestion, recommendation, or referral. thank you in advance for your time and considerationmy email: most sincerely,Austin

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      3 years ago

      My daughter of 15 seems to have NDPH for 2 1/2 years. She was so alive until this hit her. We think this seattrd from the Chicken Pox or maybe Mono. Her whole nervous system has been messed up. We have been to every type of Doctor you can think of. Her headaches start out around 4-5 in the morning and increase to level 7-9 at night before bed. We have tried every migrain medicine on the market but not one help the headache. We go to the emergency room sometimes 2 times a week. The doctors won't even admit her any longer. Some narcotics work the first time bringing the levels down from 9-10 to 3-4. The next time we go it does not work. She seems to get resistent to the drugs after first use. She is nauseous all the time and is no longer going to school. We are going to look into a spinal leak or possibly neck issues. She had a nerve caterized in her next with no luck. One treatment we hope to try is a lidocain or ketamine infusion. I was wondering if anyone has tried these for their headaches. The Childrens hospital in Seattle is using lidocaine infusion with some successs. There is a pain clinic in Salt Lake City that is using the Ketamine Infusions because they last longer (up to 3 months). We have tried the triptons, erogots, and every other type of medicine. She was put on a pain patch this last week but I don't think it will help at all. Her pain tolerance has been affected also. She had an out patient surgury to remove the galblader that should have been an out patient procedure. She was in the hospital for a week with so much pain. I will never stop looking for an answer to this. There has to be one. I am so tired of the doctors where we live. They think it is in her head and don't think she is in as much pain as she portrays. Make me so mad. I am glad i found this site but it made me even more sad and hopeless.

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      Erin Mellor 

      4 years ago from Europe

      As a kid I loved fishing off the pier, but we always had to go to the rocks first to smash off limpets to use as bait, I don't think they'd be tasty. Cockles dredge from the beach were fabulous boiled up as we fished.


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