Fishermen often use a doughy mixture known as power bait to catch fish. Power bait comes in a wide variety of colors and is easy to use, so even the most inexperienced fisherman can handle it. Making your own power bait is simple and lets you make the exact color, scent and texture you desire.
You can use a wide variety of ingredients depending on availability, cost and your personal preference. Basically you want some kind of ground meat, flour, a spice or herb, and water. The less popular cuts of meat and body parts such as liver and pigs feet work just fine. To make around 40 balls of power bait, you'll need a pound of ground meat, 2 cups of flour, half a cup of herbs and 1 cup of water.
Grind up your meat, then stir in some seasoning. If you want texture, add something like sea salt. Then add water and flour to bring it to its famous dough-like consistency. Mix in a large bowl and knead thoroughly on a flat surface.
After kneading the dough, simply break off small chunks and roll into little balls. The size of the ball depends on the size of hook and fish you plan on catching. In general, half an inch in width is a decent size for a power bait ball.
Place the balls on a sheet of wax paper and place in storage bags to freeze for use later or put in the refrigerator for use within a day or two. You can also put them in a glass container, but it's easier to get them off a sheet of wax paper in a storage bag. They will stay good frozen for up to two months.
If frozen, take the bag of balls out of the freezer and allow to defrost either overnight sitting out at room temperature or by putting in the microwave for 15 to 30 seconds (time can vary depending on your microwave settings and power). To use, simply smush over the end of a hook, covering the hook entirely.
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