13 Of The Weirdest Baits To Ever Catch A Fish [PICS]!

By: Joseph Simonds on November 16, 2015
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Have the fishing tackle companies been lying to us for all of these years…

They keep on creating more innovative (and expensive) fishing lures every year, but could it be that we could catch fish on just about anything…

Probably wishful fishing thinking…

If you are like me, I’ll take every advantage I can get when it comes to fishing, but these 13 weird fishing baits/lures do make you start wondering what else a fish would bite…

And some of them will have you scratching your head wondering how in the world a fish was crazy enough to bite it…

But either way, enjoy these bizarre fishing baits.

Important Note: Do NOT try these weird fishing lures at home unless the product is 100% biodegradable. We already have enough plastics and trash in our rivers, lakes, and oceans. The last thing we need is more of it from home-made fishing lure experiments…

1. Legos

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Who would have guessed that you could rig a treble hook to a lego and catch a nice fish?

If you can believe it, multiple anglers have claimed to have caught a fish using a lego.

In the only case that I have personally seen a lego catch a fish, it was a nice redfish in Florida.

You can even see the video here (Fair Warning: Foul language in this lego fishing video)

2. Eyeballs

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You’ve probably heard of anglers accidently getting a hook in their eyeball, but have you ever used an eyeball to catch a fish?

Well, not only are small eyeballs great for catching fish like perch, but some tackle manufacturers have gone as far to make “eyeball lures” (as you can see in this ice-fishing video).

And if you want a more affordable option, simply pop the eyeball out of a fish in your live well, put it on a hook, and get ready for a bite…

Important Note: In some states it is Illegal to fish with eyeballs, so always check your state’s rules before eye-ball fishing (that even sounded weird to type).

3. Cigarette Butts

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Most people see 5 cigarette butts above…

But some anglers see free fishing lures…

From what I can tell, this has worked well for largemouth bass and some other freshwater fishing species.

If you want to see an angler catch a bass with a cigarette butt you can check it out on YouTube. But fair warning, the first video that I found had too much cursing for me to even link to it on here…

4. Pliers

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Not only can pliers be used to cut fishing line, to pull out hooks, and to even do surgery with, but apparently pliers can also be used to catch fish!

I would not have believed it if I hadn’t seen the video below of a guy catching a nice redfish using a pair of pliers with a treble hook attached.

Click here if you want to see the video (a new window will open so you can easily come back to this post)

5. Kitchen Utensils

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Not only can you eat fish with kitchen utensils like forks, knives, and spoons, but you can also catch fish with them.

I guess it kind of makes sense considering the “Silver Spoon” is probably one of the most versatile saltwater fishing lures out there.

Want to see a guy catching saltwater fish on a fork, knife, and spoon?

Then here is a great video of an angler putting the 3 most popular kitchen utensils to the test.

6. Ivory Soap

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Did you know that soap can make great fishing bait?

And not just any soap, Ivory soap?

Why Ivory soap?

Who the heck knows. I guess it was just passed on from generations of anglers…

Lord knows most of us don’t use soap enough to clean ourselves… might as well get some use out of it and catch some catfish.

Here is a video of a fishing guide showing you how to make “Soap Bait”.

7. McDonald’s Chicken McNugget

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Not only are McDonald’s chicken McNuggets irresistible to kids (and many adults), but they are also fish magnets…

And these processed nuggets can work on both freshwater and saltwater fish.

You’ve got to see this girl (Capt. Krista Tucker) catch a nice redfish using a McDonald’s McNugget on a kid’s Barbie fishing rod here.

8. Gummy Worms

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This weird fishing lure kind of makes sense as the worm has been largemouth bass favorite for generations…

And it turns out that freshwater fish like largemouth bass have a sweet-tooth (either that, or they will eat just about anything…)

Check out this “Gummy Worm vs Senko Fish-Off” video where 1Rod1ReelFishing catches some nice bass using Gummy Worms.

9. Canned Corn

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Some people see nothing but cheap corn from a can above… while some anglers see dirt-cheap fishing bait for carp, trout, perch, and bluegill…

As you might know, corn is used to feed fish in many of America’s fish hatcheries, so it only makes sense that they would eat corn as adult fish out in the wild.

Watch the Informative Fisherman catch some big carp using nothing but canned corn here.

10. Hubba Bubba Bubble Gum

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Everyone loves gum… even fish.

And this is one of those weird fishing lures that have successfully caught both freshwater and saltwater fish.

There have been documented videos of bass, catfish, and even redfish nailing a piece of chewed up gum.

Check out this video of a kayak angler landing a redfish using his chewed gum.

11. Wine Cork

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What’s better than drinking a bottle of nice wine?

Drinking the bottle and then catching a fish using the cork!

It’s the ultimate fermented topwater lure!

Here is a video tutorial on how to make fishing lures from wine corks.

12. Yarn

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Out of money for new fishing lures?

No problem.

Go borrow some of your mom or grandmom’s yarn!

And no, the yarn isn’t used in replace of fishing line, it’s actually the bait!

Freshwater anglers have claimed yarn balls (bright yarn wrapped up in a ball) have caught everything from largemouth bass to trout to salmon to pike.

Here’s a video tutorial on how to make yarn balls with hooks to catch fish (these anglers even put special scents on their yarn).

13. Dead Rat

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We still wonder who the first angler was to try hooking a dead rat to land a lunker…

It clearly happened numerous times, because today there are multiple fishing lure manufacturers that made rat lures.

And even though it might be cheaper to fish with a dead rat, you are probably safer in terms of health and not stinking up your truck, boat, kayak, canoe, etc by going with an artificial rat.

Here is a Stoked On Fishing private lake fishing using some wooden rats.


Fish will certainly hit some weird fishing lures…

Soap, cigarette butts, Legos, dead rats… Geez!

Although we don’t recommend trying to recreate these bizarre lures at home (or trying new household items unless they are 100% biodegradable), it is always interested to learn what wild baits have worked in the past.

So which one did you think was the weirdest fishing lure?

Do you know of any weird fishing lures that we missed?

Let us know in the comments.

Related Post: “7 Essential Saltwater Fishing Lures That Can Catch Fish Pretty Much Anywhere”

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I love to go fishing, but we always use traditional tackle and bait. I don’t think that I would use most of these lures, but I would probably consider using the chicken nugget or canned corn techniques. However, I would never use a dead rat. Would using a dead rat to catch fish contaminate the fish?