by Rich Faler
Back in the 1960s, my family often camped for two or so weeks a summer on Pymatuning Lake, which straddles the Ohio-Pennsylvania line. During those vacations, I’d usually use worms for whatever would hit. My usual catch would be yellow perch, bluegill, bullheads, channel catfish, and the occasional largemouth bass. It was on one of these trips that I ran into another fisherman my age which I remember only as Skip. Skip introduced me to a bait which got around all the smaller panfish and was almost exclusively hit by the larger carp. This bait was a bread-and-molasses doughball.
From my observations, this doughball works better than the other carp baits I’ve used. It outproduces corn and other such mainstays.
I’ve not compared this doughball to another on the same trip to give absolute input on its effectiveness. I can say it has saved many a trip. I’ve caught many carp with this quick and easy doughball. If you want to get experimental, it would be easy enough to add anise, strawberry, vanilla, or some other scent to give a change-up in your offereing.
In summary, making a bread-and molasses doughball is quick, easy and very effective. It may be the only bait you’ll ever need for carp! •