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All-Purpose Stinky Chicken Bait Recipe

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Matthew is a renowned chef in Australia who turned his culinary expertise towards a unique endeavour: creating the perfect homemade stinky chicken bait for saltwater fishing. Frustrated with the inefficacy of commercial baits, which required buying multiple types and often failed to stay on the hook, Matthew decided he would experiment. His quest was to develop a bait that wouldn't slip off the hook too easily, one that fish couldn't quickly suck and swallow, and, most importantly, one that was irresistibly stinky to entice even the most elusive catches.

This recipe originated from an old Kiwi chicken bait recipe but was meticulously refined and tested over several years. The results were impressive. Matthew vividly recalls the first time he used this perfected bait. It was a revelation. He found himself reeling in fish after fish off the jetty, and the next week, when he took his friend's kid out, they collectively caught a variety of 15 fish within just two hours at the mouth of a river. Matthew's dedication to crafting the ultimate homemade chicken bait transformed the frustrations of the past into triumphant fishing adventures.

Chicken bait has advantages over commercial bait, and these pros can make it an appealing choice for anglers in various situations. Here are some of the benefits of using chicken bait compared to commercial bait:

Cost-Effective: Chicken is usually more affordable than many types of commercial bait, making it a budget-friendly option for fishing.

Readily Available: Chicken can be found in most grocery stores and is often available in various cuts, making it easy to obtain on short notice.

Customisation: When using chicken as bait, you can customise it with different marinades, scents, and flavours to target specific fish species or fishing conditions.

Versatility: Chicken bait can attract various fish species, including catfish, redfish, snapper, bream, flathead, grouper, and more, making it versatile for different types of saltwater fishing.

Longevity: Properly prepared chicken bait can be durable and stay on the hook well, allowing longer fishing sessions without constant bait replacement.

Sustainability: Using leftover or unused chicken parts can be a sustainable option; refreezing leftover bait to use at a later date helps reduce food waste and will save you money on your next fishing trip.

Unique Scent: Homemade chicken bait with added scents like garlic, fish sauce, or anise oil can produce a distinctive and potent scent trail that attracts fish.

Experimentation: Using chicken bait allows you to experiment with different recipes and preparations to fine-tune your bait for local fish preferences.

However, it's important to note that the effectiveness of chicken bait may vary depending on the fish species, fishing conditions, and local regulations. Commercial baits are specifically designed and tested for their attractiveness to certain fish and often come with consistent results.

To decide whether to use chicken bait or commercial bait, consider factors such as the target fish species, local fishing conditions, your budget, and personal preferences. Some anglers even use a combination of both to increase their chances of success on the water.

DO NOT use WD-40 as an ingredient in homemade fish bait. It can be harmful to aquatic life and the environment for several reasons:

Chemical Contamination: WD-40 is a petroleum-based product that contains various chemicals, including solvents and fuels. These chemicals can leach and disperse when introduced into the water, potentially contaminating the aquatic ecosystem.

Toxicity to Fish: WD-40 is not designed for consumption by fish or other aquatic organisms. Ingesting or coming into contact with WD-40 can be toxic to fish and marine life, potentially causing harm or even death.

Disruption of Natural Behaviour: The presence of foreign substances like WD-40 in the water can disrupt the natural behaviours of fish and other aquatic organisms. Fish may avoid areas contaminated with such substances, impacting their feeding and breeding patterns.

Environmental Impact: WD-40 can persist in water bodies and have long-lasting ecological effects. It may accumulate in sediments and continue to threaten aquatic life over time.

Regulatory Violations: Using WD-40 or any other chemical product not approved as fish bait may violate fishing regulations and environmental laws in many regions.

For these reasons, avoiding using WD-40 or any other potentially harmful chemicals in homemade fish bait is essential. Instead, opt for safe bait ingredients for fish and the environment. Using natural bait or commercially available baits designed for fishing is a more responsible and eco-friendly approach to angling that helps protect aquatic ecosystems and the fish within them. Always adhere to local fishing regulations and ethical fishing practices to ensure marine life's and the environment's well-being.

All-Purpose Stinky Chicken Bait Recipe



- 500 grams of chicken thigh cut into worm-like strips

- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons dried Parmesan cheese powder
- 1 teaspoon coffee grounds
- 1 teaspoon anise oil


1. Preparing the Chicken Strips

Start by cutting the chicken thigh into worm-like strips. Ensure they are of a size suitable for the fish you intend to target.

2. Creating the Marinade
In a mixing bowl, combine the following ingredients: fish sauce, peanut butter, garlic powder, grated Parmesan cheese, coffee grounds, and anise oil. Mix these ingredients until you have a uniform paste.

3. Coating the Chicken Strips
Place the chicken strips into a container suitable for marinating. Pour the marinade over the chicken strips, ensuring that they are well-coated. Use your hands or a spatula to thoroughly mix and massage the marinade into the chicken.

4. Marinating Overnight
Cover the container and refrigerate it overnight for at least 12 hours. This extended marination period allows the chicken to absorb the flavours and become stinky, which can be enticing to fish.

Checking and Adjusting
Before using the bait, check the consistency and scent. If you find it too thick, add more fish sauce to reach the desired texture. To boost the fragrance further, sprinkle more garlic powder, coffee grounds, fish sauce, or anise oil over the bait.

Using the Bait
When you're ready to fish, thread or attach the "All-Purpose Stinky Chicken Bait" onto your hooks or fishing rigs like a worm. Happy fishing!

Please feel free to share your homemade saltwater bait recipes in this post for all to access and read!

Disclaimer: Just imagine Gordon Ramsay's reaction if he caught wind of you trying to cook or eat this bait – it would be a verbal tirade worthy of its own TV series! Consuming this bait might have you rushing to the emergency room faster than you can say "Idiot Sandwich." So, heed the culinary wisdom of Mr. Ramsay, save yourself from a Michelin-starred emergency room experience, and leave the bait for the fish. Your stomach and taste buds will thank you, and you won't become the star of "Kitchen Nightmares: Bait Edition." Fish responsibly - Chef

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The best fish sauce I've found for bait is called mum pickled fish sauce from thailand.

https://www.maxiinternational.com.au/product/food/sauces-dressing/fermented-fish-sauce/mum-pickled-fish-sauce-350ml/#:~:text=No preservative%2C no artificial colur,flavour added%2C Product of Thailand.&text=Mum Pickled Fish Sauce is,results in a intense flavour.

It smells like fermented cat food but it works great.

It's the number 1 ingredient in any thai food I can't eat, the stuff is brutal unless you love the flavour of over condensed, over powering super strong fish flavour.

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