How do you bait a minnow?

Dead bait fish are better than many traditional baits

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Dead bait fish are a very effective method for catching large fish, English specialists show us this once unpopular method

Dead bait fish - live ones are prohibited - catch more and larger fish. There are different types of fish that feed mainly on other fish - dead and live. Pike, pikeperch, perch, eel and catfish accept dead bait fish without hesitation.


Freeze individually

You can't just put bait fish in the freezer - they freeze together. If you wrap them in newspaper that has been folded several times, the bait fish (here sprats) can be separated easily.


Dead bait fish, a very powerful method

This is a very effective method for catching large fish. The older and bigger a pike gets. the less often he feels the desire to chase a fast, healthy prey fish. Over time, he gives up "fast food" and prefers to turn to slow or injured prey fish. If the dead bait fish comes within sight - be it on the bottom, in half water or led like an injured fish - the pike becomes active.

A snap rod: At the end of a steel leader two triplets sit close together (size 8 for pike). The bait has to be attached to the hook well.


Bait for predatory fish

Predatory fish take every dead bait fish they can get. The most popular types of baitfish are presented below.

Dead bait fish like this roach will definitely not leave a hungry pike indifferent.



Freshwater fish:

Arbors and bream are offered entirely. Both perch and larger predatory fish can be caught with hazels. In waters where the eel occurs naturally, pieces of eel are a promising bait for pikeperch and eel.

Baitfish on the paternoster

A possibility to offer small dead bait fish (such as roach, sprat) clearly visible above the river bottom; is the paternoster fishing rod. The little fish seems to swim slowly. The three-way swivel is connected to an Arlesey lead via a piece of string and to a snap fishing rod via the leader. So the bait fish hangs seductively in the water and stays in place.


Minnows on perch and chub

Many predatory fish mainly eat minnows. With them you not only catch the usual predatory fish species, but also perch and occasional chub. They can be preserved with salt, which also has a positive effect on their catchability.


If you can afford it, you should fish for pike with dead rainbow trout. The roach - conspicuously colored and therefore easily visible - is a very catchy bait fish. It is high on the predatory fish menu and is the best freshwater bait fish.

A small herring on a classic fishing rod. Since pike can bite through a normal line, the snapping rod is provided with a steel leader.


Marine fish:

Herring - either whole or cut in half - is extremely popular as bait. Although they are not part of the pike's regular diet, they can be perceived from a considerable distance due to their intense smell. Large, halved herrings have an even stronger smell than whole and, due to the very intense scent trace, even attract distant pike.

Pike angler Ken Whitehead

The well-known pike angler Ken Whitehead lures a sprat on a snap line. Ken moves the bait as often as possible to bring it close to the pike so that the pike doesn't have to look for the sprat first.



Mackerel are also a very good bait for pike. Whole mackerel are even more catchy than herrings in certain waters. They are suitable for long casts because they are firm and hold well on the hook. The streamlined halved mackerel is extremely easy to cast. Smelts and sprats are also good baits.

Caution is better ...

As a precaution, anglers with foresight use an assembly with only one treble hook and a single hook. In this way, a deep-hooked pike will not be injured by two triplets at the same time.


Fishing with snap rigs

Dead bait fish are offered “snap rigs” on special assemblies and are often fished from the bottom. To imitate a sick, tumbling fish, cast the bait and raise the tip of the rod so that the bait is pulled up through the water. Then you lower the rod and pull in a little line. The bait sinks with a tumbling motion. You repeat this over and over along the bank until you finally find your fish.

Category: Fishing LuresTags: Prey Fish, Bait, Bait Fish