Bread paste for fishing
Bread paste is one of those baits that fish immediately understand as food. Even on a river where the fish rarely see an angler, they will take bread paste. There are several ways of making this attractive bait and I would like to tell mine.
Buy a fresh tin loaf of bread and cut off all the crusts leaving just the crumb.
Bread paste is best made from stale bread. Put the crumb somewhere warm and let it go stale over a few days. Check it now and then, turning it over until it has thoroughly dried hard.
Making the paste
Before you start, give your hands a good wash in water, don’t use soap.
Put the hard stale crumb in a plastic bag and crush it to dust with a rolling pin.
Add a little water to the bread dust and start to kneed. I find wetting my hands is a good way to slowly increase the water content. Keep adding small amounts of water until a soft smooth paste is made. The finished paste should be soft enough for the hook to pull through on the strike.
This paste will keep in a fridge for a few days or in a freezer for much longer. Stale bread, dust or otherwise, will keep for months so long as you keep it dry. You could put some in a container and keep in your fishing bag, for making paste at the water as and when you need it.
If I want a simple cheese paste then I use one part bread dust to one part liquidised cheese. Mix the two together dry, then add the water. Because the cheese is liquidised, it mixes easily with the bread dust to produce a smooth paste.
Mould the paste around the hook leaving just the point of the hook showing. Paste is ideal for float fishing, either still or running water.