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Berley – A fish attractant

‘Berley’ is a mix of fish food items dispersed into the water to attract fish to the area you’re fishing—and keeping them there. It’s as useful for kids fishing jetties as it is for experienced gamefishers chasing big tuna off the continental shelf.

You can make it yourself from bait and fish scraps, bread and tuna oil, or you can purchase pre-made berley from your local tackle store. It’s best to use a mixture that can be mashed into fine particles that, when dispersed, creates a ‘misty’ type trail in the current so as to entice the fish, but not feed them—you want them to stay hungry enough to eat your bait or lure.

You can make it yourself from bait and fish scraps, bread and tuna oil, or you can purchase pre-made berley from your local tackle store. It’s best to use a mixture that can be mashed into fine particles that, when dispersed, creates a ‘misty’ type trail in the current so as to entice the fish, but not feed them—you want them to stay hungry enough to eat your bait or lure.