Artificial bait? what's wrong with the real stuff I hear you say, well up until quite recently your hook bait had to be a real bait, there was no alternative, but now there is a whole host of artificial bait available and with most of it you are hard pushed to tell it apart from the real stuff, at least from it’s outward appearance, certainly in looks, shape and texture it is very realistic and it certainly catches fish.











The types that seem to have really caught on are the fake versions of real baits that can be a little trickier to fish with, usually because they are either hammered by small fish when you are targeting bigger fish, baits such as maggot or caster, or fake versions of baits that can be harder to keep on the hook such as bread flake, hemp or perhaps meat. Another good point is some of them are available as floating or sinking versions and as such can be used to critically balance baits or used as pop ups.

Artificial corn is possibly the most popular and some big catches of Carp, Tench and Bream have been taken on it, it’s easy to fish with too, you can either mount it on a hair rig or just nick it on the hook and fish it over whatever feed you choose, ground bait, hemp, or small pellets, all with a few grains of real corn in, the same goes for pretty much all the fake baits, just fish them as you would the real equivalent.

There is a school of thought that says that fake baits are dangerous to fish because they are unlikely to be broken down by the fish’s digestive system, I suppose that could be possible if you was using fake 22 mm pellets but by and large if the bait was to come off the hook or hair during the fight the chances are the fish won’t swallow it and it will just fall away.


Enterprise Tackle are one of the market leaders in the production of fake baits and they certainly have an impressive range including; sweetcorn, hemp, maggots, bread, luncheon meat, mussels, pellets, tiger nuts, peanuts, dog biscuits and bloodworm to name just part of the range. They also have floating and sinking versions, different colour's, fake baits with grooves in to add an extra dimension to hair stops and also some ‘niteglow’ versions.

Some of the fake baits can also be flavoured successfully, usually the more spongy types, the harder more plastic types don’t take a flavour so well and some of the baits have a flavour added during the manufacturing process.

A fake bait that is becoming very popular is the fake dog biscuits for carp. The Enterprise ones have a hole in one side to take a split shot, this is very useful to counter balance the bait and can even be set up so the hook will sit on the top side of the bait and out of the carp’s sight












By Chris Nicholls.