Best Supermarket and Grocery Store Fishing Baits – Tried and Tested

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Groceries from Supermarkets and Grocery Stores make excellent Fishing Baits. The shelves and refrigerators have an abundance of cheap and easy options to catch various fish. My choices are a more practical list of what’s on offer for the fisherman. I have personally fished with all the baits on this list with great success.

When the fishing bait store closes early, the Supermarket has some great alternatives. 

The choices listed below are practical to use and proven. Here is my comprehensive list of Fishing Baits you should try from your local Supermarket or Grocery store. If you are a saltwater angler then check out my article on the best sea fishing supermarket baits here!

Sweetcorn

An old favorite for so many anglers and my personal #1 choice. It’s easily available and the tinned version needs no storage or preparation. It can also be bought in larger more cost-effective frozen packs.

If you don’t use it for fishing, it can be taken home and eaten! 

Sweetcorn’s attractive sweet and strong smell brings some awesome catches of fish. Its bright yellow color makes it very visible.

It can be easily used on the hook and also be added to groundbait or loose-fed a few grains at a time.

Sweetcorn is a superb bait for Carp, Tench, Bream, and Roach. In fact, it can catch a wide variety of fish.

Bread

Bread is another all-time favorite and also one of the oldest. Like Sweetcorn, it is available everywhere and can be bought as slices or as a whole loaf. It does require storage to prevent it from getting stale and dried out. White bread is the best to buy.

Bread takes a little skill to pinch it on the hook. Alternatively, a small piece of crust is easier to hook and stays on the hook when casting. 

Bread can be fished at various depths including as a floating bait.  

There are four ways of fishing with Bread, which makes it very versatile – Flake, Crust, Punched or Paste. Also, any leftover old bread can be ground up and used as a groundbait.

Almost every fish species around the world can be caught with Bread, particularly Carp, Chub and Roach. 

Cheese

Cheese is a little more expensive than Bread or Sweetcorn. Any type of cheddar cheese works well, it does not have to be an expensive brand. In fact, the more rubbery the cheese makes it easier to fish with. Cheese that crumbles easily does not work so well.

Cheese does need cold storage and does not last long during those hot days. 

Cheese with its bright yellow color and aroma makes it very attractive. It can be fished as cubes of different sizes or rolled up into a paste form.

Leger fishing with cheese is a great method. I prefer to use it for float fishing trotting down on the far bank of a river. Freelining a piece of cheese under an overhanging tree can also be very productive. 

Cheese is a very good bait for Chub, Barbel, and Carp. 

Hot Dogs

When using Hot Dogs as Fishing Bait, I have had a few stares from non-anglers! 

Hot Dogs are easily available from all Supermarkets. They are cheap and come in a soft vacuumed pack or a tin. No preparation is needed, just cut them into pieces of the size you want to use.

Hot Dogs are made from Beef, Chicken, or Pork. I choose the chicken ones as I have had the most success with them.

Simply cut them into 15mm to 30mm pieces with a sharp knife. Due to their softness, a hair rig is sometimes needed to keep them on the hook. As with most other meat-based baits they are best ledgered. They can also be freelined as bait with great success. 

Carp, Chub, Barbel, and Catfish like Hot Dogs.

Potatoes

Using Potatoes has gone out of style over the past 30 years. My Father would always take some wherever he went fishing. Whilst they are inexpensive bait they do need to be par-boiled prior to use. If you prefer, you can buy the tinned variety. They are easy to find in any supermarket whether tinned or loose.

I use any kind of white Potatoes for fishing.  Purple potatoes tend to be more expensive and could attract fish as well. Sweet potatoes or yams would be another option to try.

One alternative to par-boiling is by cutting the raw potato into a square or rectangle and putting it on the hook. The potato then looks like a fishmeal or Trout pellet.

Potatoes are ideal for ledgering. The pellet version is good for float fishing.

Potatoes are again good for Catfish and Carp fishing.

Note: Please ensure that you discard any rubbish properly. Tins and Lids are a danger to wildlife and should be thrown away in proper bins or taken home with you.

Dog Biscuits

Grabbing a few Dog biscuits out of “Rover’s” box is really a superb option, assuming he doesn’t mind!  Alternatively, they are easily available everywhere and inexpensive to buy. Or even better why not take your dog fishing with you!

There is no preparation or storage required. Just keep them dry.

Dog Biscuits come in various shapes, sizes and flavors. It really does not matter which ones you use. If you buy a mixed size bag it gives you some options on the hook for large or small fish. You can also add color additives to them to entice more bites.

From the bag, Dog Biscuits are tough. If you prefer to use softer biscuits, then just soak them in water for 30 minutes. They work better on the hook when you use them banded or a hair rig.

Dog Biscuits are used only as a floating bait. Carp are the main target species. Typically, the summer hot months are best when fish are basking in the sun on or near the surface.  

Cat Biscuits

If you don’t have a dog, then maybe take some Cat Biscuits from “Tiddles” stash! Use them exactly the same way as the Dog Biscuits. The main difference is that they come in smaller sizes and in more fishy varieties. The bag size is quite large, which means plenty of bait for the price.

Macaroni

Macaroni is not as popular as some of the other baits from Supermarkets. They also tend to be a little more expensive. If you buy the packet or canned version (with Cheese) then no preparation is necessary but the dried version is cheaper. Just cook the Macaroni a couple of minutes less, so they are firmer. The cheese can be substituted with various additives.

Due to their softness Macaroni is best used at short range with gentle casts. Hooking Macaroni is simple, the best way to hook them is to pass the hook through the tube, following the elbow of the bait.

Macaroni works well with Roach, Tench, and Carp.

Prawns

Fishing with Raw Prawns has had some remarkable success on many occasions. They must be the fresh or frozen prawn type. One major downside is the price.

Out of the baits on my list prawns are the most expensive and are also somewhat troublesome to store. Always buy the cheapest you can find, the price won’t make any difference on whether you catch fish or not! Preparation however is easy, as they can be used straight from the package. Buy the smaller size prawns in larger size bags to lower the cost.

They are easy to hook and can be used cut into small pieces or used whole.

They are the best float-fished and have neutral buoyancy. This means they rest on the top of weed growth in the margin areas for a very natural-looking bait.

Crappie, panfish, Tench, and Carp are very fond of them, especially in the spring and summer months.

Chicken Livers

Chicken livers whilst difficult to fish with can be awesome when used to catch catfish

Chicken Livers are very cheap to buy. Easily available at all Supermarkets. However, they require cold storage and are very messy to handle.

Always try to buy fresh livers, as frozen ones do not stay on the hook very well.

The chicken liver pieces can be cut with a sharp knife of various sizes. If possible select a whole one that does not need to be cut. The smell and juice oozing from them definitely draw in the fish.

Due to its very soft slimy nature Chicken Livers are best fished in the margins. Casting any distance is likely to have occasions where the bait comes off. 

Chicken livers are the best grocery store catfish bait you can buy. Trout have also been known also to have a liking to them.

Luncheon Meat

Luncheon Meat has been a popular bait for many years and still is today. It is purchased in a can and is easily available in all Supermarkets at a low price. An unopened can lasts a long time.

Different brands carry various flavors. The standard version works well for me but some brands are softer than others. 

Hooking it is easy but due to its soft nature, a hair rig is better to keep it on the hook when casting long distances.

To ensure consistent size and shape, meat cutters are available to match the can size. These can save time and help to keep your hands clean!  

It can be used in most fishing methods. Personally, I find ledgering works best, as does free-lined under the far bank.

 Bass, crappies, Barbel, Carp, Catfish, and Chub particularly love Luncheon meat and many other fish are partial to the meat.

Summary

Today anglers are no longer just taking a pint of maggots and a tub of worms fishing. The bait choices today are endless. It’s so convenient to have a Grocery Store or Supermarket open 24 hours to get a vast range of cheap baits. Tinned and pre-prepared ready baits from Supermarkets have opened multiple new options.  

However, there is no one bait that fits all situations. So arm yourself with whatever is available and at a good price, which will help you get more bites and more Fish.

Go and try some of these cheap and easily accessible Fishing Baits.

If you are interested in more traditional Fishing Baits then check out my Best Fishing Baits of All Time.