OK, I decided to do a little photo journal of bait making today. This bait is one I call "The Best Bait I Have Used And Can't Figure Out Why No Commercial Lure Maker Doesn't Make It," or just "Bacon Bait" for short.
Get some bacon ends and pieces at the grocery store. I get mine from WalMart. The cheaper the better because it will have more fat.
Grind the bait so it looks like burger, or sausage.
(This is where the photos come in) Place ground bacon in a pot on medium heat and cook for about 20 minutes.
After the ground meat cooks, add lard. I use about half as much as the bacon was, so if I used 4 pounds of bacon, I'd use 2 pounds of lard.
Allow lard to melt thoroughly. The idea is that you want the meat to soak up as much fat as possible.
Add honey, about a cup to 4 pounds of bacon. Stir in honey until thoroughly melted and mixed.
Remove mixture from heat. Allow to cool. Add about 2 oz. of ground castor to each 4 pounds of bacon. You can also add fish oil, mink glands, Valerian, asephonitahoweveryouspellit, or whatever else floats your boat. Also add about 4 oz of glycerin to keep from freezing. I also add a little sodium benzoate to keep the mix from spoiling, but I prefer to make mine up no more than 2 weeks before the season starts. Otherwise, it will go rancid.
Pour into containers and place in freezer
Go catch some critters with it!!