Supermarket sea fishing bait

Supermarket sea fishing bait? We have all thought at some point whether or not it is worth using supermarket ready peeled and cooked prawns. I have crawled the internet looking for information regarding this. The info is there but it is quite sparse and the answers are so polar. I have aired on the side of caution and stuck with tried and tested baits like pretty much everyone else.

We know mackerel is mackerel wherever we buy it from. Cooked prawn is an unknown entity in most peoples view. It’d be so easy to just pull a packet from the freezer for a session. It’s also readily available so no hunting out open tackle shops for those last minute sea fishing sessions.

I was off down the Llyn Peninsula camping after a midnight high tide fishing session at the arches in Colwyn Bay. All the bait packs were empty and I hadn’t planned on a session on the north of the Lynn. I met up with my brother and his family, he too had taken tackle but no bait…just in case he could sneak a session in.

Long story short his other half went for a bit of shopping so he asked her to get him some bait. She came back with sliced herring in a pickled gherkin mix? Some of the cheapest precooked, sorry looking peeled prawns from Morrisons I have ever seen. More bits than anything, they were very poor quality.

We smothered them in bait elastic, about 3-4 per hook and waited. Not a sniff for half an hour and I was fearing the dreaded blank. Then it all at once came to life, 3 rods going at once. Over the next hour or so we had several Smoothhounds, Tope pups, doggies and a random Spider Crab also obliged. The prawns we were fishing on literally had no smell straight out of the packet but were soon picked up by the fish.

I have to say the cheap Prawn worked for me and would use them again as a supplementary bait. Maybe as a main bait when in a tight spot, I will have to test them again at some point. I think anglers biggest fear is the dreaded blank hence to lack of information online.

Second test….

Again it was a last minute decision. I didn’t have time to get any bait other than what was in my freezer and the sun was out! Called in at Aldi and bought peeled uncooked King Prawn. I thought I could try them at Talacre for the Smoothhounds but I had no joy. People either side of me were catching them on Peeler but no joy for me. My second rod had a two hook flapper on with old frozen lug. This rod caught several flatties and a few bass up to 1.5lb. Result – Fail

So is supermarket sea fishing bait worth trying? Yes and no, as soon as I mess up my fishing plans I will update you on how it goes.

Muscles are also a good bait to pick up from the supermarket and are a great winter Cod bait. Make sure they are not the ones in the garlic butter sauces! I often come across peppered mackerel fillet packets and the such like. They shouldn’t be left in the remote fishing spots but binned, people are trying them though. I think the lack of reports of people catching on them says a lot or they are not actual anglers. More day trippers as I like to think we anglers don’t leave rubbish lying around.

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