Bread has to be one of the cheapest and most readily available baits an angler can include in their bait bag. It can be bought from any good food shop and sells in many different varieties.

Due to its versatility bread can be a very effective bait, as it can catch a wide variety of coarse fish & often helps sort the bigger specimens from the smaller fish.


The crust of a farmhouse loaf is one of the best breads to use when surface fishing for carp, It allows effective presentation of the hook within the bait and the crucial buoyancy which keeps the bait on the surface.

  • To create a crust that is harder and more robust for hooking, place the loaf in an air tight polythene bag and leave for a few hours - This will create a loaf that is far tougher and more resilient on the hook.

How To Hook

Tear a piece of crust off, fold crust in half and push the hook through both sides. Once the hook point is exposed release the tension on the crust to allow it to spring open.


Bread flake is an extremely effective bait for chub in rivers and streams, especially when free lined using the current to provide natural presentation as the flake falls through the water - flake can also be used to great effect on still waters and often helps select the better size of fish.

How To Hook

Tear off a flake of bread & lay the hook shank across the bread.

Now fold the bread around the shank, pinching hard so that the flake moulds around the shank leaving the hook point exposed.


Another way of mounting bread on the hook is by using a bread punch. These are small plastic or metal tools which are pressed into slices of bread to cut out a small piece which can be hooked.

Punches come in a number of different sizes, some are designed for small silver fish such as roach and the larger varieties for much bigger fish such as bream, carp & tench.

It's best to use white sliced bread for punch fishing, as brown bread does not look as vibrant under water as white bread. Bread can be used straight out of the packet or rolled out with a rolling pin to produce a thinner more durable slither of bread.

How To Hook

Rest the sliced bread on a flat hard surface, press the punch into the bread with firm pressure, place the hook in the notch at the side of the punch, then slide the hook along until the bread is hooked. Always check your hook bait after every bite, as bread punch can quite easily come off the hook if a fish has tried to eat it.

Liquidised Bread

Liquidised bread is a great way of enticing fish into your swim as the bread literally explodes when it takes on water and leaves a cloud of particles which fish can't resist checking out. When used in conjunction with a cage feeder or PVA bag, try adding extra flavours to the bread to increase its attractiveness, crushed hemp or ground up pellets/boilies are great examples.

How To Prepare

Get a loaf of bread and cut the crust edges off. Put the slices of bread into a food processor and blend for a few minutes until the bread is broken down. You will now have a fine bread crumb which can be used as loose feed by gently squeezing in your palm, or loaded within a cage feeder.

Bread Paste

This is an extremely easy bait to produce and can be prepared in a matter of minutes. If you would like to add some flavours, why not experiment and add some custard powder, turmeric or cheese to the bread before kneading, the opportunities for flavours are almost endless!

To begin with you will need sliced white bread, preferably a few days old (this helps produce a smoother paste) a bowl of water & a white cloth or a pair of plastic gloves.

Take the bread and dampen with water, be careful not to soak the bread.

Now squeeze out as much water as you can by hand.

Place the bread within a white cloth to knead or wear plastic gloves to work by hand until the paste has an even consistency - A white cloth or glove should be used instead of kneading by hand, this is to stop the natural oils within your skin turning the paste into a grubby grey colour.

The finished paste can either be used straight away or kept within the fridge for a few days or frozen for a later date.