There are hundreds of species of fish in the North Sea, which makes it a very popular destination for many sea anglers. The most common types of fish that you’re likely to find are mackerel, cod, haddock and plaice, so this guide will give you a quick rundown of how to get the best bait to land yourself these kinds of sea fish.

Best Baits for North Sea Fishing

Raw, fresh bait is often the best for sea fishing, and the cheapest way you can get it is at the supermarket, ideal when you are learning how to sea fish. Prawns in particular are excellent, and are relatively inexpensive. You need to make sure that the prawns are not cooked, and it makes things much easier if they are substantial. Some of the very cheapest bags that you can buy contain very small or broken prawns which are fiddly and difficult to use effectively as bait when sea fishing.

Fishmongers might be a little bit less convenient than the supermarket, but they do offer a much wider range of fish for you to use as bait. In particular, those that sell fresh bait will stock lugworm, ragworm and peeler crabs. These are all effective when sea fising for cod in particular, but will work for many types of fish that you’ll find in the North Sea

Ragworm is popular, effective, and relatively cheap, possibly the most popular sea fishing bait. It is also quite easy to get hold of yourself for free. You can collect them during low tide in large numbers if you have the time. A good sized ragworm will attract most fish species that you’re likely to encounter, and many anglers would assert that there is no better option to use as bait in the North Sea.

Lugworms are also a good choice for bait, ideal when learning how to sea fish, they are also entirely collectible yourself. Dig a hole within a couple of feet of the casts, and you’ll eventually come across one or more of the worms. They can be stored in cold water for a few days.

Peeler crabs are also found on the shore. It takes more work to find them but they are great for attracting big fish. Peelers can be expensive if you buy them, which reflects the fact that they can be time consuming to collect, but they are undoubtedly effective and very popular among many and should be considered when learning how to sea fish . Depending on where you search for the crabs, they are more common during the spring and summer months. In order to check if a crab is a peeler, you need to nip off the last segment of the second to last leg. If the shell breaks away to reveal fleshy leg, the crab is a peeler, but if all you get is white tendon, it is not.

Often it’s a good idea to use a combination of peeler crab and a worm; they can be tied together relatively easily, and will attract all manner of large fish when sea fishing.

If you’re considering a sea fishing trip, then consider that spending a few hours at a good beach will probably give you a great selection of bait. has all the other gear that you might need for a sea fishing session.

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