Often, when you’re fishing, you don’t stand in one spot. You start out with a fishing spot that looks good but you end up walking upstream, downstream, or around to the other side of a lake. You aren’t really changing your location for good; you’re simply scouting around for a place that might grab the attention of the fish. But, you still leave most of your fishing items in the original spot. You set up your stool, a cooler, extra rods and other equipment then leave them alone while you travel. There’s a couple of things you have to take with you no matter where you position yourself, though: your rod and the bait.
There are different ways to carry your bait to the fishing spot. But, if you’re heading around to the other side of the lake you don’t want to carry it in the normal way. Instead, make a bait cup. The cup allows you to easily carry a small amount of bait – be it worms, bugs or something else – on your person. Hook the cup to your belt loop, a pants pocket or other area and it’s secure while you travel.
Make a bait cup by simply using a cup with a lid. The plastic cup can be a yogurt cup or something similar. It’s really easy to turn such a cup into a bait carrier you clip onto your pants. Poke two holes in the lid, both near the edge, and each of them opposite the other. On a clock, you would put the holes at the “9” and “3” positions. You can easily poke the holes by heating a nail and sticking it through the lid.
You’ll also need two holes in the bottom of the yogurt cup. Position them as you did on the lid. When you place the lid on the cup just align the lid holes with the holes in the bottom of the cup.
To make a way for hanging the cup purchase a piece of elastic cord. The cord you use should not be thin and frail but very sturdy. In addition to the cord you’ll need a lanyard – or clip – so you can hang the bait cup on your belt loop.
Thread the cord through the top area of the first hole, through one hole in the cup, across the bottom of the cup, up through the second hole in the cup’s bottom, then through the second hole of the lid. Bring the two ends of the cord together so that they rise a few inches above the lid.
Thread one cord end through the lanyard then tie the two ends together. Bring the knot down a couple of inches from the lanyard and clip the knot to the opposite cord. You can purchase simple metal clips at a hardware store. The clip should be a rectangular shape. The ends of the clip are brought over the lanyard pieces and squeezed until tight. The metal piece holds the ends together when you stretch the lid to add or remove bait or dirt.
Use the lanyard to clip the bait cup onto a belt loop, zipper, pants pocket or other item. Now you can carry the worms or bugs anywhere you want without a hassle!